Thursday, November 17, 2011

Open Thread - Republican Follies Edition

Rick Perry challenged Nancy Pelosi to debate the part-time Congress plan.

In a letter to Pelosi obtained by The Hill, the Texas governor wrote: I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo.
Nancy Pelosi responded via Twitter:
Re: Gov. Perry--Monday I’ll be in Portland. Later visiting labs in CA. That's 2. I can’t remember the 3rd thing.
After his debate performance, even Texans are starting to realize something about him.
But White knows this: Texans everywhere are seeing a side of Perry they’ve never seen, a side unscripted. He says Perry has long run from accountability, whether in the form of debates, editorial board meetings or regular press conferences.
And now we know why: Perry has never really known the answers, he just memorized what polls and advisers told him the answers were.
Herman Cain is having his share of problems, after his disastrous "Libya" moment in an interview. First, he canceled an editorial board meeting with New Hampshire's most read newspaper.
A scheduled meeting with the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s editorial board was canceled about an hour before it was to begin. There was disagreement over whether the meeting would be videotaped. The Union Leader typically allows filming of its meetings with presidential candidates; Cain’s campaign refused to allow it.
The newspaper is an influential voice among New Hampshire conservatives.

But that's not his only recent gaffe:
“What about Cuba?” he asked. “One of my principles is: Go to the source closest to the problem. You will find the solution… I want to get from Cuban leaders a solution what we should do.”
Oh, and he apparently doesn't know languages:
Cain also stepped in it a bit (as Gov. Rick Perry might say) when he said while enjoying a cafecito and croquette at the Cafe Versailles, “How do you say delicious in Cuban?”
With her campaign hopes fading, Michele Bachmann violates Reagan's rule about Republicans, and goes after Newt:

Fannie [Mae] and Freddie, as you know, have been the epicenter of the financial meltdown in this country, and whether former Speaker Gingrich made $300,000 or whether he made $2 million, the point is he took money to also influence senior Republicans to be favorable toward Fannie and Freddie,
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is facing some problems regarding transparency in his campaign, and his time as governor:
Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor’s office and first ran for president, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives, and the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server, according to interviews and records obtained by the Globe.
The Globe story went on to detail how nearly a dozen aides paid some $65 each to purchase their work computer hard drives -- proved by cancelled checks, provided to the Globe -- and that new servers were installed for the incoming Democratic administration of Deval Patrick in 2006. The result? There are no electronic records of any Romney administration emails, although boxes of paper documents do exist in state storage facilities. 

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