Sunday, April 8, 2012

A peek back at the race to lose the GOP primary

I’m feeling kinda nostalgic about the soon-to-be wrapped-up GOP primary. It sure started out with a nod to the ridiculous before entering the Twilight Zone where each candidate’s story resembled a new episode in the once popular series.

Sit back and get comfortable. Imagine if you can, the following events in black-and-white. Each person is not what they seem. It’s all almost like a dream…a bad one!

Enter if you dare:

The White House released President Barack Obama’s so-called “long form” birth certificate last April, primarily in response to provocations by Donald Trump, the real estate magnate and reality TV host who had flirted with a bid for the Republican nomination. Trump actually spent a brief period of time atop the polls versus the rest of the fledgling GOP field. Obama decried “carnival barkers” in remarks upon the release of his birth certificate, and Trump faded in the polls before deciding to run for president.”

May 15, 2011 – Gingrich calls Ryan plan ‘right-wing social engineering’

Quiz time: do you know what Gingrich is saying now about the Ryan plan?

“Having just launched his campaign for president, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on “Meet the Press,” where he faced a question about Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s new budget. The plan had been under attack by Democrats who asserted Republicans would end Medicare as it’s currently known by most Americans.

“I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich said of the plan. It prompted immediate backlash from conservatives who supported the plan. Ryan himself quipped: "With allies like that, who needs the left?" – a line rival campaigns would use later against the former speaker.”

May 31, 2011 – Palin and Trump grab a slice

The early days of the primary were a lot of fun. Just look at how happy The Donald and Palin appear to be!

“At this point in the 2012 cycle, whether Sarah Palin would be throwing her hat in the ring for the GOP nomination was a persistant, lingering question.

Her bus tour through the Northeast, which stopped in New Hampshire the same day Mitt Romney formally launched his candidacy in the state, only stoked speculation that Palin would make a run for the White House.

But the most press-frenzied moment of her trip came on May 31, when Palin’s tour bus rolled into Manhattan. She met Donald Trump, who had announced that he would not be a candidate for president, for a slice at a New York pizzeria while a throng of media observed from the outside.”


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