It seems that Sarah Palin has joined Sean Hannity in their breathless denunciation of the "tone" of the current Republican battle to face Barack Obama. This is getting ridiculous. Every time I turn on Hannity, he's whining about the race, that Republicans shouldn't be attacking each other, that they are violating the "11th Commandment" of St. Ron of Eureka. This is utter nonsense. The job of primaries is to differentiate oneself from one's opponents, and that is something that both of the major GOP contestants are doing, just fine.
Listen, I didn't enjoy watching Romney be treated like a pinata about Bain and his taxes--and the fact that the "tone" of the criticisms were reminiscent of liberal garbage was noteworthy--but the mere fact that he was forced to respond to these charges has made him a better candidate. Let's face it folks, Newt Gingrich has been a divisive figure, even within the Republican Party. To suggest otherwise is simply revisionist history. Yes--he led Republicans out of a forty-year desert, and it was one of the most amazing political lifts in US history. But he was also forced out of the Speakership because of his temperament and his ability to lead. These things are fair game, as are his activities in selling his estimable Washington influence after leaving office. If Newt is going to be our nominee--than he HAS to answer for these things.
The continuing reference to Reagan and the "11th Commandment" is just downright silly. Ronald Reagan could issue the 11th Commandment because he was, well.....Ronald Reagan. None of these guys are he, and we ought to stop waiting for Him to return like a bunch of "end of the worlders".
It's time to hunker down, to recognize that THIS race, with THESE men, will settle our candidate question. Let them do what needs to be done, and we'll have a stronger candidate at the end.
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