As the search marches on for the Republican representative who will square off against President Obama, there is still something lacking. What has been missing is that sense of connectivity, that bond between the voter and the candidate. There simply is no chemistry. Instead of, say, Mitt Romney, wining and dining the average Joe, the former governor of Massachusetts spends his money on fancy, tailored suits and professional landscaping for his home. Comedian and host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart, appeared as a guest on the The Late Show With David Letterman last week and perfectly captured this issue in a basic comparison:
Never would I have considered Romney, let alone any of the candidates, an animatronics figure, but I would have to agree with Stewart. These Republicans are trying too hard to be something that they are not. Take the New Hampshire debate, which took place on January 7th. In what I consider to be the best part of the debates, the moderator asks the men of the moment personal questions that seem to be much “lighter” than the standard financial crisis inquiry. The personal question posed by George Stephanopoulos sounded easy at first. But as the Republicans attempted to answer the question it became quite clear that a train wreck was to commence. The question was (and please, brace yourself), “What do you typically do on a Saturday night?” How can such a straightforward question cause so many issues? Fast forward to the fiasco below which can be found at time code 1:24:16:
First off, let us take a moment to note that there was no football or basketball game taking place the weekend of the debate. Second, it is sad to say that it was Rick Perry and Ron Paul who gave an almost authentic response and to say this is actually throwing them a bone. Unfortunately for Romney, Santorum, and especially Gingrich, their lack of sincerity and, let’s face it, sports knowledge, was quite obvious. The men could have said they watch curling and no one would have believed them.
Then there was Jon Huntsman. Huntsman gave an adequate answer about checking up on his two sons, but he could have simply ended his answer at that. Instead, Huntsman valiantly turned the question into a spiel about how great America is and if you elect me as your president I will keep it great!
Did these men not learn anything from elementary school? You cannot pretend to be someone you are not just so you can fit in with the popular kids. It just doesn’t work. Sooner or later, their true colors are going to bleed through and they will just be exiled to the dweeb table in the corner of the cafeteria. Remember, men, no one wants a poser.
Here’s your political portion:
Newt kind of looks like King Louie, eh?