What may be the strangest assemblage of Republican (Neo-Feudal?) presidential candidates in years keeps getting stranger. While Rick Santorum, publicly accuses a New York Times reporter of writing “bulls_it,” party bigwigs like House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and the American Conservative Union are urging the angry candidate to step aside so that they can move forward with Mitt Romney, who merely wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, forcing poor women and others who simply have no insurance, to go without pap smears, breast cancer exams and prenatal care. At least I think he’s still with that position, following a partial retraction by his staff of his statement about ending Planned Parenthood altogether. Mitt, flips around so much that’s it difficult to say.
And then there’s Herman Cain. Remember him? The guy in the hat with his “9-9-9” plan for the economy? He’s out of the race (I think), but it seems he just can’t quit. Apparently starved for attention, the pizza man first released a video showing a goldfish out of water and dying. The spot has a little girl comparing the dying fish to the nation’s economic stimulus plan. “Any questions?” she asks. No Herman, everybody probably pretty much gets it.
Now, in a newer and more….emotionally hard hitting spot, Cain shows us a rabbit being launched from a sort of catapult contraption into the air, where a man blasts the bunny to pieces with a shotgun. It’s trap shooting, using a flying rabbit instead of a clay disk for the target. Apparently it’s nothing more than a digital image of a rabbit being blown away, but seeing a bunny blasted to pieces was offensive enough to get it removed from YouTube. You can still see it on Politico, where it continues to achieve Mr. Cain’s apparent purpose of keeping him in the limelight, if only for a moment. At least it was still there the last time I checked.
I am reminded of the words of the late Hunter S. Thompson, master observer of our national sins and endless buffoonery, admitting that no matter how weird it got, “It never got weird enough for me.” Dr. Thompson, would have loved this current blast of high strangeness.