Michelle Bachmann got a steaming hot cup of Morning Joe thrown in her face today, when conservative MSNBC host, Joe Scarborough, when on a protracted rant about the irrelevancy of the Iowa straw poll and Bachmann's possibility of winning the Presidency.
At the heart of Scarborough's indignation and ire, was Bachmann's recent statement that she "wished the federal government had defaulted" rather than raise the debt ceiling. Scarborough rightly points out that many Americans lost up to half of their pensions and 401Ks as a result of the brinksmanship displayed in the recent debt ceiling debate and the subsequent downgrading by Standard & Poors and wild stock market plunge that followed.
For my money, Scarborough is right on the nose when he says that the Iowa straw poll is a dog-and-pony show for a bunch of hayseeds that enjoy the limelight of having Presidential candidates pander to them while they eat in their local cafe or visit them at their family mushroom canning operation. The straw poll has absolutely no correlation to how a particular candidate will fare in their bid for the GOP nomination, as Iowa is simply not an accurate microcosm of the rest of the country.
And I also agree that Michelle Bachmann doesn't have a chance of getting anywhere near the Presidency, let alone the GOP nomination. Her ultra-conservative/ultra-religious base is about to be split down the middle by Rick Perry's recent entry into the race and she doesn't exactly enjoy broad support from moderate Republicans and independent voters.
On the other side of the coin, look for Rick Perry's campaign to unravel quickly once his skeletons start tumbling out of the closet. The biggest bones of which will be:
1.) The fact that the "Texas economic miracle" that he takes credit for was funded almost entirely from stimulus funds.
2.) The fact that he became a millionaire during his tenure as Governor of Texas, thanks to his "cash for favors" style of doing business and numerous "sweetheart" real estate deals from big-money special interest donors.
3.) Despite his having just signed a budget that makes deep and painful austerity cuts to education and social welfare programs, and which will ultimately cost hundreds of thousands of jobs to the people of Texas.... Rick Perry lives in a sprawling, rented mansion that has cost the taxpayers of that state $700,000 to date and counting.
Once Perry and Bachmann fever have run their course in the hinterlands, and the rest of America finds them to be lacking, Ron Paul will still be gaining support for his common sense ideas, dignified statesmanship and unassailable integrity.
If Ron Paul can succeed in winning the GOP nomination, he will not only beat Obama in a walk, but he will return dignity and common sense to the office of the President... something that has been sorely lacking in this country for a generation or more.
RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT - 2012!
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