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Is it such a coincidence that hairball season and debate season coincide?

May 17, 2007

My XL double-coated Cat chucked up three cocoon-like objects in one smooth move this morning.  I immediately thought of the GOP debates.

I brush him and feed him good oily food, but it’s never enough.  He’s a Cat: he gets hairballs.  Politicians study issues facing the nation, claim an understanding of the issues, claim an understanding of the moral and legal foundations of the nation, but it’s never enough.  They chuck up the political equivalent of hairballs.

Take Tancredo.  He lost big points with commentators after the California debate because he’s a one-issue (immigration) candidate who failed to hammer hard on his issue when tossed a bone spur of an opportunity.  So in South Carolina he was ready: Double Gitmo!

Take Giuliani.  Somewhere else, please.  It’s insecure to believe that much in security.  Holy databases, Batman!  We’re all gonna get cards.

I have to say McCain was ready this time.  He left the evil grin at home or in a tree.  He said some reasonable things about how moral people don’t stand for torture.  But for the rest, he can’t seem to say much without the grin.

Evidently the nine defenders of the rights of nations over the rights of individuals have been doing some homework and noticed that Ron Paul was #1 in technorati searches after California.  Now nearly everyone tries to say “Constitution” at least once.  And they say “Reagan” with dutiful respect.  And everyone has an exact count of the number of times he cut taxes while at his last job.  Hairballs.

Ron Paul’s tie is clean.  No hairballs.  Besides cutting taxes, says Paul, the government needs to cut spending

Fox was prepared: This was a stakeout.  The network’s man Giules was introduced as the forerunner.  So the other nine are also-rans?  What kind of debate etiquette is that?  This is supposed to be a forum so the public can gain direct, first-hand information from the mouths of the candidates themselves, not the media.  But please pardon me: Fox gets to make the rules for an event it sponsors.  Just please don’t confuse such an event with a debate.

Ron Paul was given no questions during the first quarter hour of the debate–the period when people generally are listening most attentively before boredom utterly subdues them.  Then he had an opportunity to respond to a question about the 9/11 attack. 

Ron Paul attributed the attack to blowback, the concept that an enemy attacked us because we were already engaged in attacking the region from which the enemy came.  He said trading with people is less likely to bring about war than bombing them. 

The veins in Giules’s neck stood up and he roared.  He said he sincerely hoped the Congressman would take back his remark.  But Congressman Ron Paul had spoken with authority, context, and consideration and did not take back his remark.  The lines were incised more deeply than ever. 

And Ron Paul is etched more deeply than ever as a name to be reckoned with. 

  1. May 17, 2007 9:28 am

    You are right. It is a hairball contest! I’d been trying to figure out what was going on.

    The predictable thing is that the political establishment is running scared. Michigan is considering banning Ron Paul from the debates. The long knives are out.

    And all this because Ron Paul is sounding like a Taft Republican, or worse yet, a Madison, a Jefferson, or a Washington.

    They have failed to lock him up in the wack-job box. It is time for more serious action.

  2. kamelda permalink
    May 21, 2007 2:18 pm

    Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul!

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