A German Perspective of the Republican Primaries
Kommentar von Dorothea Hahn
Translation by Blog Author
The primary election in US capital city of Florida has given Mitt Romney a clear victory. Newt Gingrich is far behind in second place. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul remain, nevertheless in the running. Yawn!
(From Telepolis, Romney 84, Gingrich 27, Paul 10, Santorum 8, after Florida, http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/36/36332/1.html)
The boring circus, which the Republicans up ‘til summer still in the remaining 46 states will repeat, may at first glance appear democratic. Actually, it is pure mudslinging, an altercation, where questionable virtues rise to the front. Who can hammer the hardest? Who posses the most intrigue. Which advisor can find the dirtiest story in the past of the other. And most of all, who has the most money?
In the USA there is no shortage of themes. The land has a record: poor, joblessness, and homelessness. It has 12 million citizens, who are officially “illegal”. It has been more than a decade in wars. The credibility of both parties of the US congress in Washington is deeply shaken.
All of that pleads for ideas and political suggestions. But instead of such to develop and to confront, both of the leading candidates Romney and Gingrich on each occasion thrash on each other and the US President Barack Obama.
To date, in 19 TV debates and four election primaries in four states, they have given the public at most a view of how they act in the spotlight and under stress, although that is predetermined by the public relations adviser. For sure, no solutions for the concrete problems are offered.
A basis for the superficiality may be, that the four rivals and politically much closer, than the circus might lead one to believe. While millions of US Americans balance themselves on the edge of the abyss, these four prepare to make it better for those in a crisis: They want to further reduce the tax on the wealthiest, remove the environment and worker protection laws, and remove the rudiments of a social state.
The only budget items that three of them wish to increase is that of the military. Only one – and therefore Ron Paul stands out – wants the US troops out of the rest of the world.
While the candidates sling mud at each other, and the media report on the events, as if it had had to do with a sporting competition, a portion of the supporters have pulled out: They remain far away from the spectacle. Already at the beginning of January in Iowa, the expected mobilization remained away. In Florida, an Tuesday, 100,000 fewer constituents appeared as four years before.
If the base of the Republican Party remains disinterested in the circus, it can be assured that the rest of the world will retreat and the leave the four alone. When, in the summer, the party selects its official candidate, their remains sufficient time to be learn about him. And perhaps the chosen one, with Barack Obama, will find themselves in a debate with substance..