If you follow politics at all you’re probably well aware that, for the most part, it’s just a dog and pony show. As voters, the simple fact is we are completely ridiculous. While both liberals and conservatives will complain about the dishonesty of government, or how we’re sick of politicians not representing the American people, we still continue to elect those who just tell us what we want to hear – whether or not what they’re telling us is true. In fact, honest politicians usually get destroyed by the base of each party because once in a while they might dare to step outside of their usual political ideologies on some issues, which enrages the mobs of liberal/conservative fundamentalists.
That being said, what this has created is a political environment where politicians are so scripted that it’s amazing how often they’re asked very simple questions, yet have no idea how to answer them – because they haven’t been coached how to.
Take for instance a simple question several Republican presidential candidates were asked by CNN: Who do you think is the greatest president alive today?
“Obviously the greatest president of my lifetime is Ronald Reagan,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“I’ll leave that to the people to decide,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said. “Certainly the greatest president of recent generations was Ronald Reagan.”
“I was a big fan, a very big fan of Ronald Reagan,” answered Donald Trump.
Meanwhile Rick Perry ignored the question (actually a smart move), Ben Carson said he didn’t know and Rick Santorum said “probably a Bush.”
Let me start out by pointing out the obvious: Reagan died 11 years ago and the question was concerning a living president. Though I love how Cruz is so disingenuous that his answer to “what do you think” prompted a “let the people decide” response – even though that answer made absolutely no sense. Then there’s Trump who cited Reagan, even though he’s repeatedly called Bill Clinton his favorite president.
I’ll admit this question is a bit of a trap, but that’s only because George W. Bush was such a terrible president. If you ask a Democrat this question in 6 to 8 years, they’ll be able to proudly say Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, without even the slightest bit of hesitation. But Republicans can’t do that because George H.W. Bush couldn’t even get re-elected and. even though it’s over six years after he left office, no Republican wants to be caught publicly saying George W. Bush is their favorite living president.
And naturally none of them are going to say Clinton (the husband of their likely 2016 opponent) or Jimmy Carter.
Ironically, Rick Perry showed the most intelligence of all of these candidates by simply ignoring the question completely. Most of the GOP hopefuls are so caught up in their inability to be anything but hacks regurgitating talking points that they tried to answer the question – then proceeded to make fools out of themselves by saying their “favorite living president” is someone who’s been dead for over a decade.
That shows you just how bad Bush’s presidency was. These candidates would rather cite someone who’s been dead for over a decade, making themselves look like fools in the process, rather than name the last president to serve from their party. They know that George W. Bush’s name is so incredibly toxic that it could ruin their entire campaign.