Friday 23 September 2011

There really isn't a "lesser evil" scenario here, is there?

More than any of the earlier debates, this encounter highlighted the ferocious centrifugal pull on the 2012 GOP presidential field. The tone of the questions -- both from the grassroots activists and the panel of Fox reporters -- captured the demand among much of the Republican electorate for an uncompromising and unqualified conservative agenda. In the debate's first hour alone, Rick Santorum proposed to ban public employee unions; Michele Bachmann proposed to eliminate the Education Department and build a fence along every foot of the Mexican border; Herman Cain would he would shutter the Environmental Protection Agency; Newt Gingrich described President Obama's agenda as "socialist"; and Ron Paul said he would end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S. All of that raises the possibility that the GOP this year could produce a convention platform that includes provisions that the eventual nominee, especially if it's Romney, may feel compelled to renounce. 
The Atlantic: 5 Takeaways from the GOP Presidential Debate, September 23, 2011
Yeah, because the one government agency that just screams "pointless" and "wasteful spending" is the one that ensures the quality of drinking water and controls legally sold pesticides. 

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