This GOP debate season has been amazing for this blog. Unfortunately I just have not updated it in a while. Anyway, TNC breaks it down:
There’s video at his blog. I’m just marking it: sociopaths, homophobes, and shit, why not, liars. I’m talking the candidates and the audience. “Support the troops” my ass.
A quick tally — cheering the death penalty, cheering letting people die, booing gay soldiers in Iraq, cheering continued discrimination against gays in the military.
…[T]he legacy of populism in this country is ambiguous. You are seeing echoes of the darker aspects of that legacy—cheers for the vigorous enlistment of death, an unthinking antipathy toward the sick, and now an utter disdain for minorities. When one talks about 2012, it is the specter of handing the country over to people who represent that legacy should scare you.
Not one person on that stage stood up for that soldier. Not “moderate” Jon Huntsman. Not “sensible” Mitt Romney. Not libertarian Ron Paul. And not Rick Perry:One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States.