As a true sports fan, there is nothing that I enjoy more during this time of year than nonstop college basketball. Each March, I join legions of fans around the world who engage in the exciting sideline sport of NCAA Bracket selections and with each unforeseen or unexpected win I feel as though I truly know the game.
I wish that the same could be said of the current GOP Presidential race. Or more to the point — is anyone out there hedging bets on the candidates and watching with enthusiasm the true madness that is brewing within this race much like the bubbling stews in witches’ cauldrins of fairy tales and folklore?
I overheard someone comment recently that GOP Candidate Rick Santorum is ‘so many kinds of crazy that I’ve lost count.’ That begs the question: Were they considering his recent statement that he does not believe in an America ‘where the separation of church and state is an absolute’? Or perhaps, his attack on former President John F. Kennedy — the first Roman Catholic President — in which he said that Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religion ‘made him want to throw up’? My vote would probably be his statement about the dangers of contraception in this country. But even I am losing count.
Then there’s the madness of Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney, the putative GOP front runner, who told an assemblage of unemployed people in Florida that he — a man whose net worth is estimated between $190 and $250 million — is also unemployed. He is also noted for his failing outreach to animal rights’ groups with an admission of strapping the family dog, Seamus, to the roof of the car for a 12-hour family trip. But, my favorite would have to be Romney’s statement to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair that, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Personally, I refuse to believe that corporations are people until the state of Texas executes one.
The madness ensues because Newt Gingrich has vowed to remain in the race until the Super Tuesday showdown on March 6 and for giggles alone, Ron Paul is still on the ballot. (Come on, already!) The involuntary commitment papers could also be drawn up for each candidate based on the fact that each contender has made at least one statement that flies in the face of any civil, women’s or human rights advancement since ratification of the 19th Amendment.
As an observer, I would suggest to GOP stalwarts to keep their money close until 2016 — that would give the party an opportunity to regroup and to redesign a political platform that resembles the face of our nation in the 21st century. If not, take time to find a good bracket for the upcoming NCAA games. That’s a safe bet on real March Madness.