I am all about substance, and not style where politics and campaigns are concerned. Not that I necessarily mind style, it has its place, but that place matters far less to me than do ideology and substance.
In the GOP debates this year, the “consensus” has been that Romney has looked, presidential, and well-informed. To me he has looked robotic, and rehearsed, and less than sincere many times.
Herman Cain, to me, has done well enough, but, frankly, if I hear him say “bold plan” or “9-9-9″ once more I will throw something at my TV, frankly, that makes him sound like used car salesman, not the sincere Conservative he is.
Now, consider Rick Perry, who has had some less than perfect moments in the debates. Yes, but, I have to say, on things that matter, I mean really matter, and sorry, but a brain fart, which all of us have had, likely more than once, does not amount to anything of any import. Frankly, if you are saying Perry is not qualified to be president because of that gaffe, or that his campaign is now doomed, then I would say that you are the one having the mental meltdown, not Perry. And by the way, I would say the very same about any of the candidates who had a brain fart.
Consider something else about “gaffes” if anyone has gaffed their way out of the race, it is Herman Cain. Don’t think so? How about the Medicare question in his debate with Newt? His going back and forth about abortion? How about the right of return debacle? His contradicting himself on whether States could restrict gun rights? His seeming not to be aware that China has nukes? And of course, the question of whether or not he would negotiate with terrorists? Good grief! Yet, for the most part, Cain seems to be made of Teflon on these. Perry? He gets the big time scrutiny. This makes no sense to me.
So, here it is folks. If you do not support Perry, fine, but at least do it because of differences on issues. Not how he performs in a debate format that is designed, in my view to, select not the best candidate but the best “debater”.
Go listen to some of Perry’s speeches, look at his ideals, his record, his tax and energy plans, and his position on core Conservative values, and then decide. But for goodness sake, do not judge him, or ANY of our candidates on debates, or style points, this election is way to important for that!