Monday, November 30, 2015

What They Say vs. What They Do

Two sound examples of why voters have a hard time believing what candidates say: Huntsman and Santorum, specifically.

What They Say vs. What They Do


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Well, boss, today we have two very good examples of why voters find it difficult to believe what candidates say.

BE: You mean like a candidate who runs on "change you can believe in" and then oversees a Washington culture that doesn't much change at all?

JB: Yeah, but, I was thinking of two more immediate examples in the GOP primary race.

BE: I'll bite.

JB: First, there's Rick Santorum, the candidate of self-proclaimed purity in all things, including cleaning up the way that Washington works.

BE: One of our own! Run, Rick, run!

JB: New York Times is reporting that during Rick's last year in the Senate he handed out $124 million in earmarks and collected more than $200 million in campaign contributions from folks associated with those earmarks.

BE: The liberal Times is just trying to skew things up in the GOP by consistently using facts.

JB: Then there's Jon Huntsman pulling out of the race and endorsing Mitt Romney who, like a week ago, he labeled as an example of what's wrong with American politics and accused Mitt of being somebody who puts party above country.

BE: Wait. I thought Huntsman had a "ticket to ride" after his third-place finish in New Hampshire.

JB: That was, as "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart said, a ticket "to ride home."

BE: Hey, they spell their first names the same way.

JB: Focus. You know the biggest loss in Huntsman leaving?

BE: We won't have Mandarin spoken during debates any more?

JB: We won't. But the biggest loss is the exit of Huntsman's wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman: mom of seven, including two adoptees, champion of children, smart, poised, articulate, attractive and a better speaker than her whiney-voiced husband.

BE: Mary Kaye we hardly knew ye.

JB: And more's the pity. Grrrr. 

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