Its another tough day in the office. With Anderson Cooper married to the mob, and lights shining brightly on the screeching leaders as they carve each other up, this is the Democratic Party's dream. Can anyone come out of the closet long enough to appear strong enough to win?
The latest fiasco for the Republicans came in yet another debate. Mitt Romney looking like Pat Riley, with his hair slicked down and his good looks. Rick Perry looking as if he can see the oil derricks popping up across the land, including in every federal sanctuary that exists. Herman Cain reminding everyone what anyone can do if they just have a plan. And the rest of the field cantankering around like odd busybodies adding some spice to the mix.
Welcome to the fray that has become a sign of the times. In the end, none of the presidential contenders may defeat perhaps the weakest incumbent president since Jimmy Carter at this time in the election cycle.
We can all aspire to be president. But few of us can get into the spotlight enough to make even a ripple.
The ultimate irony is that we have a guy who just a decade ago ran Al Gore's Texas campaign for president and the guy who passed a if not the model for Obamacare as the most viable, money-attracting candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
We have the guy that employed (albeit indirectly) illegals to do his lawn posed against the one who supported his state paying for illegals attending Texas universities on the backs of Texas taxpayer money.
A real showdown.
What the uninitiated fail to see through these political mirages is the fact that Republicans eat their own. Would Johm McCain have won without the needless political bickering that beset him from the outset because he was a "maverick?"
But we will never know. These things now happen during every election cycle because Republicans have no common thread, no real politics and no obvious leader as we meander through the necessary prelude to their next candidate's loss.
George W. Bush was the last annointed Republican presidential candidate. The powers that be got together and chose Bush. And they stayed united as the election year moved toward the closest election in modern history.
Did Al Gore really lose? Or was the election stolen from him by Bush influences and Republican plants?
In the end, none of this matters much. Just like it does not matter that Bush is the only president in the last two hundred years who suffered an attack on a major metropolis. Yet, he is lauded for his response, a slow, grinding and eventually financially debilitating response that generations will pay for until we either make it or throw in the towel.
But back to these Republican candidates.
The first question we need to ask is whether any presidential candidate will ratchet back and defer miitary action in favor of a more measured response.
Obama has proved the answer to this question is "no." With his newest foray into Central Africa, his war in Libya, and his escalations of the war in Afghanistan, Obama has proved in many ways to be Bush III.
But we are unlikely to get any candidate to move in this direction from the Republican ranks. Indeed, from George McGovern on, in increasing force and velocity, it has become obvious that no candidate can win if the candidate opposes either military growth or military operations.
In the end, despite their hair, Romney and Perry will be the choice for Republicans to make. How will they make it?
First, has the public become weary of Texans? Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush are not enough?
And Perry is the first double down candidate. Not only is he the oil company nominee, he is the first who has said the way out of our economic problems is to provide even more incentives and assets to oil companies.
Forget energy alternatives and getting off of our oil-based economy. Perry is all in by proclaiming that he can get us all employed working on oil derricks, and letting our oil companies return to the days of the first boom in Pennsylvania when we slogged through huge pools of oil and sludge in order to make even more money for the very few oil barons.
Don't believe it? Look at his plan to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. And then start believing it. Perry is early 20th Century. A scarier guy cannot be found.
Then there is Romney. Tied to Wall Street. But so is Obama.
So the only two "weaknesses" for the Republican faithful is Romneycare and his Mormonism.
For the first, let's get real. Either you are a states rights sort of voter or not. If you are, that is the answer. And for most of the elderly who would be forced to vote for Obama, Romney sounds better because he passed Romneycare.
As for him being Mormon, Perry's weak opposition and near endorsement of the claim of his buddy pastor that Mormonism is a cult somehow rings the bells of alarm for those voters who have no use for bigots and those who believe all non-believers will be killed in a sea of blood as true Christians are raised up to Heaven - - - a belief called the Rapture which Rick Perry advocates and it seems got the Texas legislature to adopt.