Seeing unworthy opportunists suffer is one of life’s most wholesome pleasures and the lift to my day from seeing the distress of the Republican defeated in Iowa is a case in point. In June Newt Gingrich was declaring in one of the first debates he would not – this, apropos of nothing – place a Muslim in his cabinet. This to win cheap applause from the fundamentalist party base, living lives threatened by demons and foreigners in a country they imagine at daily threat from enemies. That he could even speculate on joining Israel in a “land invasion” of Iran and chose to thrown in the observation there is no such thing as the Palestinian people shows what a deeply unfit person he is to even be allowed to haunt the precincts of elective politics.
Michele Bachmann’s defeat is as happy as Newt’s. How joyful to see her egotism deflated after hearing her mix of jingoism and religiosity through the debates, even as she -withdrawing from the campaign – declares Obama a socialist.
Ron Paul’s respectable showing is the biggest breakthrough for realist policy in memory. He says the public sector cannot afford to do the things it is doing especially run navies in all the world’s oceans. And he got 21 percent of the vote – even arguing against war with Iran (which, if it comes, will be the third war of choice against a Muslim nation in the 10 years after September 11 – and the first two have been catastrophic failures).
It is nonsense to say that a hard fought Republican contest will hurt them in the Fall. Reagan and George W Bush faced tough fights through to their nominations. So for that matter did Obama; remember how he was going to be hurt by women staying at home in the general election after he battered Hillary? Romney would be a serious alternative to Obama and of all the Republican contenders except the admirable Paul the less likely to walk into war over Iran.