Fred Karger — the first openly gay Republican presidential candidate to be completely ignored by the GOP establishment and the mainstream media — sits down with our very own Mary Phillips-Sandy to discuss America's first LGBT president a century-and-a-half ago, the anti-gay rhetoric of the modern Republican Party, and accusations of fun from Rick Santorum…
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As a great American once said, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to suggest electrocuting Mexican immigrants. Join us here and @TheInDecider tonight at 8/7c for live coverage of the GOP #CNNDebate in Las Vegas.
In the lineup: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, the ghost of Ronald Reagan.
Not in the lineup: Jon Huntsman (boycotting), Gary Johnson (against the rules), Buddy Roemer (what's he up to, anyway?), Fred Karger (probably also against the rules), rational explanations of workable policies.
See you tonight!
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It's hard to say who's going to make the biggest impression at tonight's debate. It certainly seems like Herman Cain's got the momentum. But who knows, Rick Perry could do something to pull himself out of his tailspin. Or perhaps Mitt Romney will finally adequately explain an actual real life not make-believe difference between Romneycare and Obamacare and, in doing so, catapult himself completely beyond reach by the rest of the candidates. Or maybe Michele Bachmann will fall down into some pudding. Anything can happen!
Well, actually not anything. One thing that definitely can't happen is that actual GOP primary candidate (and actual gay person) Fred Karger cannot shame the rest of the candidates for having stood quietly by while a conservative audience booed a homosexual active U.S. soldier in Iraq.
So, we'll all just have to make do with this video from the Karger campaign…
Really, though, when you think about it, Karger has nobody to blame but himself. If he wanted to get his voice out there and express how unfair it is that he's being treated unfairly by his party for being gay, he shouldn't have decided to be gay in the first place. Then, as a totally straight and acceptable candidate, he could have gotten his turn in debates and made his case for being allowed into the debates.
This is not rocket science, people.
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Fred Karger — the gay, Lee-Atwater-protege, can't-get-into-a-debate, Republican candidate that you've probably never heard of — has a brand new campaign video that features a demonic UFO frisbee with his name on it that he will give you if you will please kindly consider pretending that a gay guy has a chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination…
Well, that oughta do it. I look forward to seeing Karger up on stage alongside Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich next time around. I mean, after that video, I can't imagine how he wouldn't be taken seriously.
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You know what's exciting? We're almost at the start of debate season! Only problem is that there really aren't a lot of candidates to participate.
On the one hand, there are more potential GOP primary candidates than can be accurately measured with your liberal-biased science. Seems like any conservative who feels like it can score a quick headline by going online and booking a quick flight to Iowa on Orbitz.
On the other hand, we have only two actual people who have actually thrown their hats into the ring, and one of them is a gay — so, well, you know — and the other is Tim Pawlenty.
That said, shut it down…
In an unusual move, the coveted first debate of the 2012 presidential primary season is being rescheduled. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced that it is moving its "Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate" from May 2 to Sept. 14, 2011…
The Reagan Library debate is in conjunction with media partners Politico, NBC News and Telemundo. With only one top tier candidate, Tim Pawlenty, having officially filed the paperwork for a Presidential Exploratory Committee, not enough candidates were ready to commit to the debate to hold it on its original date.
"Although there will be a long and impressive list of Republican candidates who eventually take the field, too few have made the commitment thus far for a debate to be worthwhile in early May," said John Heubusch, executive director for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. "The Reagan Foundation's first Republican presidential primary debate will move to the fall, allowing enough time for the full slate of candidates to participate," Heubusch said in a statement.
The Republican presidential field is, right now, kind of like an amusement park just before the beginning of spring. It's so calm and empty now, so full of promise. But you just know that any day now, it's going to be filled with screaming obnoxious idiots vomiting garbage all over each other. (I should mention that I spent several years working on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.)
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