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Updated on December 15, 2011

Should that be necessary?

Should name calling be part of American political culture? Must someone call another person names, just to ridicule him or her, to gain ground in a contest that the two are involved in?

The buzz is about the word "zany", whose meaning is demeaning and rather uncalled for. However, that is what one candidate is calling another in the Republican Party nomination race.

It may sound funny and cause a great deal of laughter, as it is currently doing, but not in all circles. It is worse than digging for dirt in one's past and throwing it at one in public.

That is bound to happen on the campaign trail; and as one of the candidates been scandalously forced to hop out of the race, another candidate, who also has questionable issues in his background, will be ferociously attacked.

That makes everything to be serious; however, there is the comical part that shows human foibles on display, as trying to make a very good impression, but fumbling or stumbling over words in answering questions, or even forcefully stammering, although it is not one's habit.

Yet, jumping around, like a rabbit in heat, and calling a supposedly party member a name such as "zany" cannot be right.

The profuse sweat has also become a buzz on the campaign trail, as well as nervousness; and supporters and sympathisers are mumbling in private that a full-time staff member must be around to wipe all that sweat off the face of their candidates.

"Could this be our future president?". People are asking of this particular leading candidate; and they are doubting, if he can be the leader of the Western World.

Newt Gingrich is the one, who is naturally going to be under attack for being the front runner; but he also has a personal problem regarding his weight. Many are saying he is too fat for "the job,"

Well, that brings us to the point where one of these people will be the nominee of their party; and which of them will be a match for President Barack Obama?

Mr. Sweat or Mr. Chubby?

The media are feverishly preparing for the debates in the November 2012 presidential election, and the candidates will be under their glaring lights, sometimes in situations that are tense and gruelling; like answering questions on foreign policy or National Security.

Obama will be appearing debonair in his Wall Street attire and looking fit and fresh, while either one of the persons, who has the Republican nomination will be sitting alongside him, sweaty and all watery or obese and clumsy.

Now, tell me. Who do you think the voters will go for?

That has has historically taken place before, with Kennedy versus Nixon running for the presidency of the United States.

Kennedy has to be declared the winner in the final debate, and he went on to become the president, because he happened to be the candidate who was clean cut dressed and looking fresh.


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      R. J. Lefebvre 

      7 years ago


      Personally, I tend to believe that every contestant should give us a chronological record of what qualifies him or her for the position sought for. If they need to point a finger at someone, it should be the one in the mirror. If you can't Stand Tall, your not worth the call!


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      Larry Wall 

      7 years ago

      You are making a very good point. The intense, 24 hour a day news coverage exposes every flaw, imperfection, etc. in a candidate. I remember when the Sara Palin and Joe Biden debate took place, there were comments by the media about how she drop her "g"s when speaking. I am not sure anyone can withstand that kind of scrutiny.

      You are right, President Kennedy won the debate against Nixon because he came off looking and sounding better. He was an articulate speaker, good looking and well poised. Nixon, came off looking like the has been who never was. Had the media then explored Kennedy's life they way it explore candidates today, the outcome might have been different. We will never know.

      I really do not like these do called debates, because they are not debates. They are forums, where each candidates gets a few minutes to state his agenda. There is little debating taking place. After you heard one, you have heard them all.

      I know people, who I think are smarter than all the candidates running today. Some of them are overweight. Others have bad hair. Most do not have the resources or want to expose their families to the microscopic inspection that a candidate must face today. Yet, we got Bill Clinton, who never had sex with that woman, we got George W. Bush, who rose to the occasion following the 9/11 attack and now we have President Obama who has taken us further in debt. I am not sure what all of this microscopic viewing accomplishes anything.

      The problem, as I see it, is that the job of President is too much for one man. That is not going to change. What must change is that the Congress, instead of being a version of a street fight in West Side Story between two rival gangs over turf disputes, must recognized that under our system it is intended to be part of the check and balance system, meaning that members of the two parties must work together without the party of the President bending to his every idea or suggestion. It is hard to get a new congress. Senators serve for six years and only one-thrid comes up for re-election every two years. Representatives only serve for two years and spend most of that time trying to get elected to the next two year term.

      Unfortunately, I do not have an answer, other than some constitutional changes, which are not going to happen.

      We can only hope that the best men and women actually win and not necessarily the best looking, best dressed or best speaking candidates.

      I have no delusion that I could be elected president. I have a speech impairment. I wear glasses, my hairline is receding, My 5 o'clock shadows shows up around 2 p.m. I am not a lawyer, did not go to a major university and I do not hunt, jog or play basketball. I certainly would not be qualified for the job. Do I understand the major issues--possibly, but that would not make any difference.


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