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And the finger pointing continues

January 3, 2012
Marshall Independent

The candidates for the Republican nomination for president have been campaigning for months now leading up to today's Iowa caucuses. The Independent doesn't make a practice of endorsing political candidates, but even if we did, we would have a hard time picking our favorite out of this bunch.

The group of candidates has been whittled down to a handful, as candidates have dropped out of the race for different reasons, leaving the "best of the rest" to fight it out amongst themselves - and fight it out they are.

During the last few weeks, we have heard less about their stance on foreign policy - aside from some sporadic ideas concerning Iran - and key domestic issues and more about everything that's wrong with their GOP rivals. Political attacks have indeed been ramped up a notch. Each time one candidate gains some momentum - at least in the eyes of the national media - the others converge like hungry sharks to tear them down.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is the latest victim. Santorum's campaign has seemingly been infused with a shot of that 5-hour energy drink. A favorite with cultural conservatives, Santorum has been gaining some momentum in Iowa and has thus found his way into the crosshairs of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, among others. The candidates left in this scrum have spent more time recently going after one another, while talking less about the pressing issues, among them, the proverbial elephant in the room: the U.S. economy. They have all been sidetracked and relegated to defending themselves and finger pointing - something we'll all get plenty of once a winner emerges, only then it will be against the person who should be their main target to begin with - President Barack Obama. In short, you ain't heard nothin' yet.

Mitt Romney appears to be the frontrunner to win the Iowa caucuses, but what does that really tell us? That he's the candidate with the best chance to defeat Obama in November? Or does Ron Paul stand the best chance? How about Santorum? Is his recent rise a signal that he just might come out on top?

Bachmann said she's looking for a miracle today in Iowa. A miracle? What are we to read into it when a candidate refers to her potential victory as a miracle?

The candidates have made it incredibly easy to forget that they're all on the same team. Maybe if they would act like it more and stop stomping all over each other it would be easier to get behind one of them.



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