Presidential Campaign

The debate: Paul wins, Bachmann wins, Perry heads for the OK Corral

The Republican debaters looked like Snow White and the eight dwarfs,
though recently Barack Obama has not looked profoundly presidential
either. There were two big winners. Ron Paul is establishing himself as
the only anti-war candidate in either party, a potentially huge role.
Michele Bachmann continued her shredding of Tim Pawlenty, who will drop
out before the big show. Paul and Bachmann are destined for a big clash
with Rick Perry for the Anybody But Romney role.

First, Ron Paul: The great political opportunity for Paul is to be the clear and only anti-war candidate, at a time when war is highly unpopular. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with the policy, just suggesting that Ron Paul helped himself big time championing the anti-war position. If Paul keeps escalating his anti-war view, he could break into a clear third place in the polls.

Next, Michele Bachmann: Bachmann is breaking down Pawlenty the way Sugar Ray Leonard broke down boxing opponents. She lands short, hard blows: Pawlenty for cap-and-trade. Pawlenty weak on healthcare. Pawlenty sounds like Obama on government. Each Bachmann jab draws a little blood. She pushes him farther to the left. She keeps him pinned down. Pawlenty is intimidated by Bachmann. He cannot man up against her. His days as a candidate are numbered.

Finally, Rick Perry. The big dog on the cable news today. He is formidable, but I think overrated. Is Perry ready for prime time? I doubt it. Why does Perry hang out with neocons? Does he really want to run as Bush 45? Can he handle the hard nasty questions of brutal presidential politics? Don’t bet on it.

Once Bachmann disposes of Pawlenty, she will turn her fire on Perry. One of them must destroy the other before the grand shootout with Mitt “corporations are people too” Romney. Can you believe he said that?

Ron Paul and Rick Perry are destined for a very big clash on war-and-peace issues, and it will be a sight to behold. Paul says “get out now” while Perry says “bombs away.” The fur will fly. My bet is Ron Paul wins that debate. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, Barack Obama pretended he was not the president living in the White House, but another angry voter waving his pitchfork against Democrats as well as Republicans in Washington. A very bad act and a story for another day.

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