Monday, September 26, 2011

When the audience takes center stage

As establishment Republicans wring their hands over the presidential candidates the tea party has produced, the reality is that the audiences at the recent debates have overtaken the candidates as the main story.

And President Obama noticed. Here's the story from his fundraiser in California last night.

“I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” Mr. Obama said in a reference to Mr. Perry that drew applause from the 350 donors at a fund-raiser in Woodside, Calif.

“You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s not reflective of who we are.”

Yep, that's how you make this a choice election vs a referendum while the Republicans continue to pine after a hero who will save them from their current nightmare.


  1. Hi SP,

    The audience can afford to take centre stage because there is NO ONE in the party with enough sensitivity to reel them in. These GOP(cough! cough!)leaders are puppets. A segue to a leader who wasn't a puppet -

  2. VC - I saw that about Wangari Maathai today. I read her book a few years ago. She was SUCH a strong woman - the word that automatically comes to mind is indefatigable.

    RIP Wangari.

  3. Something to add to my reading list - I didn't know Ms Maatahai had written a book. A colleague pitched her movie to our staff about two years ago during a focus on women week and a group of us went to see it. I was glad I went. It was the 'we are the change we need' meme in the segment Chips posted that brought you to mind. ;-)


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