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Monday, May 18, 2015

GOP Candidates' Achilles' Heels: Ask About Iraq

Why bother with cow-tipping when Republican-tipping is so much more fun?  Ambushing Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio with the Iraq question is sort of like sneaking up behind a waiter who's carrying a huge tray full of dishes, and tickling him in the ribs.  

Republican-tipping is not only fun; it's a way to start weeding out the dimmest and most clueless of the wannabes.

Jeb Bush had first said that based on the intelligence we had at the time (2003), he would have invaded Iraq.  Then he sputtered that he had misunderstood the question; he would have done something different, or, uhh, er...  And then finally:

“If we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, what would you have done? I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq.”

It depends on what the meaning of is is.

Later, Marco Rubio was asked the same question, and immediately transformed into a mass of incoherent blubbering.  First, the Iraq invasion was a mistake based on what we know now.  Next, it wasn't a mistake because “the world is a better place because Saddam Hussein doesn’t run Iraq.”  And then, trying to get out of his self-dug hole by burrowing in even deeper, he blurted “based on what we know now, I wouldn’t have thought Manny Pacquiao was gonna beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in that fight a couple of weeks ago.”

Clearly, every White House wannabe needs to be asked the Iraq Question.  Relentlessly.  Mercilessly.  At some point they'll come up with a boilerplate talking point for every candidate to recite verbatim.

And these teleprompted synchronized-swimming recitals will be just as entertaining as their “Uh, what I meant was” “I misunderstood the question” flailings. 

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Blogger jim marquis said...

It all seems so strange to me. I can understand Jeb being conflicted on how to answer due to family loyalty but nobody else has that problem. Hell, I would venture even most GOP primary voters would admit now it shouldn't have happened.

May 19, 2015 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: True, most Americans agree we shouldn't have invaded Iraq. But a lot of these same people are simultaneously champing at the bit to invade Iran. So it's important that political candidates are asked about Iraq. It would serve as a Schizophrenia Test for weeding out the most unqualified candidates.

May 19, 2015 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basically I still think we can use this to our advantage, ask them Bush era questions like:
Are you pushing for Tax Cuts even though the Bush era one's didn't work?
What would you have done differently to prevent the 2008 Crash?
Do you also believe in deficient spending?
How do you propose to fund the Bush Medicare plan?

Trip them up when they want to blame Obama for everything.


May 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Those are all good questions that need to be asked. I don't know if candidates will get tripped up or if they'll just come up with a few well-rehearsed boilerplate answers invoking Jesus, Family Values and Freedom.

May 19, 2015 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Hell, ask them any question and they will find ways of not answering them, never mind asking about Iraq.

May 19, 2015 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: As long as they have their flag-draped Supply Side Jesus by their side, they don't need to answer no steenkeeng questions.

May 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM  

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