BY DEAN LEDBETTER
His comically timed words elicited hoots and hollers and thunderous laughter from the debate room crowded with Republicans of all stripes and colors from all over the state of Florida. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said,”My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this President.”
Front and center were the top tier runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry duking-it-out over Social Security, Healthcare, Immigration and the EPA. After the debate, well moderated and run by FOX news, audiences liberally spread over the nation seemed to think Romney won the fracas.
Notable moments from others included a re-write of President Ronald Reagan’s quote by the history professor and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich when he said,” If your neighbor is out of a job, it’s a recession. If you’re out of a job, it’s a depression. If Barrack Obama is out of a job, it’s a recovery,” followed by the naturally thunderous approbation from Florida’s conservative strand.
The one thing on which all the candidates agreed was that Barrack Obama would be a one-term President.
I keep waiting for someone to quote Democratic consultant James Carvelle’s words from President Bill Clinton’s first campaign against President George Bush Sr.: “It’s about the economy, Stupid.” Although that would appear to be unkind and no one wants to start calling names, except rabid political operatives, of course. Especially this early in the conflict, before the nominee is even selected.
Businessman Herman Cain was given a special opportunity to reveal his humanity, in his criticism of Obama’s healthcare plan. Cain told the audience, “If Obamacare had been in place five years ago, I would not be alive today.”
You see, in his personal fight with cancer, Cain was able to get the care he needed on his schedule and according to his doctor’s desires as opposed to allowing the Obamacare bureaucracy to decide what he was permitted to have by whom and when as opposed to what was needed. “My doctors told me, that one of the reasons I am alive today is because I was able to respond quickly and decisively to this disease. Bureaucracy creates delays. I would not want that for me and I would not want it for the American people.”
His revelation that he was a five-year cancer survivor put Cain on a higher moral ground in his opposition to Obama’s national new healthcare plan. For a moment, we were all Herman Cain, and very proud of his victory in his fight.
So they ridiculed Obama, and his work or lack thereof for the nation. They called him a do-nothing president, a president without a policy for energy, for peace in the Middle East, for strength in the world, and for the economy in particular.
His record on jobs is abysmal. His divisive attitude toward Republican’s reveals his hypocrisy.
His penchant for the pejorative when the plain and simple will do fine speaks to his insecurity as our Chief Executive, and well he should be. We need a higher quality of leadership that any on the panel could provide. He is simply not up to the job.
Jobs, jobs, jobs, is the mantra of the moment. So I’ll not say it but you can think it for the man without a policy or a plan. Hey Barrack, it’s about the economy, ____!
(Dean Ledbetter was one of Broward’s earliest Republican activists. He was Republican when few admitted to it! Ledbetter is a business consultant and remains passionate about politics.)