Ten contenders, one nominee, the process will soon begin of thinning out the herd of those deemed unfit by that harshest of judges, political reality and another force. Good ole political Darwinism will be at work very soon. The GOP field will be thinned by at least three to five within a few weeks, and ironically two of those three who do not believe in evolution, may be the first victims of this Political Survival of the Fittest.
Having watched the debate, or at least parts of it again, and more importantly read the transcripts, I can with reasonable certainty say that Sen. Brownback and Rep. Tancredo’s campaign, which never really were viable, are about to fade away from whence they came.
Both are good men, and honoroable men. However, there must be victims in all evolution, and the unforgiving survival of the fittest rules will have their offerings. The irony that these two, along with Gov. Huckabee, discount evolution, is just a twist. By the way, that question had to be the stupidest question, among a plethora of stupid questions given to the candidates. Gov. Huckabee’s performance will likely only prevent the inevitable, but that will be determined at some future date.
The next on the list of death by political Darwinism is former Governor Tommy Thompson, whose comment about firing gay workers raised more than a few eyebrows, and probably provided the obligatory foot in mouth award of the night. Thompson was made aware of his answer today, and quickly backtracked, but even if he “misheard” the question as is reported, his flap is accepted upon the altar of political survival of the fittest, and the beast is hungry. Which brings us to Dr. Paul. Say what you will about the Texas Representative, he speaks his mind, and did so rather well. If this election were pre 9/11 he would have had some resounding points about the increase of involvment of government in people’s life. In a post 9/11 world his views still contain truth in a sense of a warning, but are not based in the current reality. Hence, Dr. Paul, who will not evolve into the new reality, will hence be deemed as unworthy to evolve, and nature demands he must go.
Alas, one more is demanded by the force of nature, political survival of the fittest, and this leads us to that most reliable of people, the politician to be named. Alas, as in baseball, evolution does not always follow a linear path, but rest assured, the process will continue, until the herd is thinned out and only candidates, Giulianius Magnimus, Mittus Romneus, and Mt. St. Helenus McCainus remain, perhaps to be joined by Freddus late arrivus Thompsonatus.