What we’ve been subjected to are most definitely not debates; they’re media circus sideshows, with bomb-throwers renamed ‘moderators’ having only 2 goals: increase network ratings and make Republicans out to be stupid or fanatical. Obviously, I don’t/won’t/can’t watch ’em because my blood-pressure medicine has reasonable limitations.
Then the debates and thumbnail analysis commentary are used to drive so-called public opinion. This one ‘did great’ or that one ‘is dead in the water’ or ‘is too angry’ or ‘impolite’ or ‘condescending’ or whatever. Your average low-interest voter picks up just a smidgen of this or that and uses it when the phone rings and the pollster asks questions. It’s utter crap.
I barely squeaked by my business statistics class decades ago, so am poorly equipped to consider margins of error, sampling percentages, crosstabs and all the rest. So I continue to be unimpressed with these absurd polls who speak with 400 or 800 supposed Republican registered or likely voters, asking who their favorites are. Fact of the matter is, not one stinkin’ primary ballot has yet to be cast and there’s nothing out there right now but air & opportunity.
I’m for not allowing the media or the establishment or the pundits to select our candidate before anyone’s voted. I couldn’t care less who’s next in line or has the most money or the best organization. I tend to listen to what they say, compare it to their records, and draw my own conclusions, polls & pundits be damnned.
This much I do know: my old military boss had a saying, a definition that integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody’s looking. A bit simplistic, yes, but it works for me.
“I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals!” says Mr. Romney. This gives me everything I need to know to draw my own conclusion on this candidate.