Salon Wins Today’s “Best Headline Award”

The GOP debate was a blizzard of garbage: Sorting through last night’s mess of lies and crazy

You gotta read it.

Here’s a taste:

For just a second, it was possible to glimpse an actual debate in the middle of this blizzard of garbage. Here were two men representing competing strands of the Republican Party – the libertarian wing of Rand Paul versus the heirs to Reagan’s tax-cuts-and-imperialism-because-AMERICA branch that has found in Marco Rubio its perfect, pliable spokesman. Here was a meta-debate in the making, with a child tax credit as the Trojan horse by which the GOP would smuggle into the silly season a meaningful talk about the contradictions between its conservative philosophy and its actual practices, the entire existential crossroads that the party has been standing in front of since the George W. Bush administration.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on November 11, 2015 - 3:11 pm

    H/t to Salon for the reference to “Interstellar” (2014). OTOH the headline promises more than the article can deliver. I doubt if even the most dedicated fact-checkers are going to sort through all of the garbage from last night. There’s just too much of it.

    My favorite moment: Ted Cruz wants to eliminate the Department of Commerce so badly he would do it TWICE. What have they ever done to him?

    • #2 by Glenden Brown on November 11, 2015 - 4:18 pm

      I tried watching some of the debate and finally gave up.

      The old line, “So and so is a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like” kept echoing in my head. Ben Carson may be soft spoken but I think he’s the craziest of them.

  2. #3 by Larry Bergan on November 11, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    I tried to get online and watch, but you had to have a service I lack. It’s a good thing I didn’t waste my time.

    Ted Cruz remembered all of the things he wants to shut down. That’s makes him a shoe-in over Rick Perry.

    I don’t know about the Department of Commerce, but the CHAMBER of commerce could definitely be lanced. What a bunch of thugs.

    • #4 by Richard Warnick on November 12, 2015 - 7:32 am

      Cruz said he wants to shut down five agencies/departments. But he named only four. The fifth one would have been the Department of Education if he could have remembered it.

      Realistically, if you want to give the rich another massive tax cut, increase military spending, and keep sending out Social Security checks, then pretty much every other part of the government has to get axed. And there will still be multi-trillion dollar deficits.

      That describes the train wreck that almost every Tea-GOP presidential candidate is promising the voters.

      • #5 by Larry Bergan on November 12, 2015 - 7:59 am

        Now THAT’S funny! I totally missed the joke. Only took me a day and I had to be informed. I’m slow, OK?

        Perry must be thinking of getting back in the race. 🙂

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