Republican Senate Candidates Are Politically Identical

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Still deciding who to favor among the Republican candidates vying for nomination to the U.S. Senate? Might as well play eenie, meenie, miney, mo, or choose based on favorite color or music preference, because politically, they're practically the same.

Tom Leppert, Senate candidate and former Dallas mayor, even noted at last night's Republican Senate candidate forum, "We agree on all those issues. You won't see any distinction." Then he encouraged the audience to pay attention to his track record as a proven leader.

As expected, frontrunner David Dewhurst skipped the Belo Mansion affair, but five of his opponents -- Lela Pittenger, Tom Leppert, Craig James, Ted Cruz and Glenn Addison -- filled out the panel, moderated by Dallas Morning News political reporter Gromer Jeffers.

All five candidates said they would implement harsh controls to stymie illegal immigration. Of the five, only Pittenger supported amnesty, and she said she would require that illegal immigrants either pay a fine or do community service, as well as learn English within five years. Addison was the most extreme: "I would end all benefits to non-citizens."

They echoed each other in their use of national debt and bail-outs as tactical jumping off points to repeat that the federal government must shrink. Addison waved a pocket Constitution, saying several times that if something's not in "the book," it has no place in the federal government. That includes the EPA, the Department of Education, Department of Energy, and the list continues.

None of the five candidates would have supported the auto industry bail out, and all are in favor of requiring voter identification, a measure struck down recently by the Department of Justice. All would also end No Child Left Behind -- no surprise since they would already end the Department of Education. "Everyone of you needs to be involved in education except Washington, D.C.," Leppert said.

As for women's issues, they would all end the Violence Against Women Act in favor of local programs. "I think Republicans have a war on liberals trying to control every aspect of a women's life," Pittinger said. Leppert added that the contraception debate is a matter of "policies trumping liberties."

When it came to oil and gas, Cruz summed up the issue most eloquently, "Unless you're a blithering idiot, that's the right answer," meaning, yes, he strongly supports oil and gas exploration. James agreed, "The Lord gave us natural resources, we have to take advantage of it."

And with that, we essentially have five identical contenders. Too bad Dewhurst couldn't make it, sure would have been interesting to hear from "the only U.S. Senate candidate ready to stop President Obama from destroying the American Dream." Would that make him a sextuplet?

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For your weekend pleasure, we hid David Dewhurst somewhere in this picture. Can you find him? Does it matter? (Here's a hint: We're talking about a Republican, so look for a woman being beaten up.)


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13 comments
dallasmay
dallasmay

So I assume all of them would support the complete destruction of the Earth in exchange for short term economic growth like most every other Republican as well, right?

btw: http://gizmodo.com/5894051/thi...

Edward
Edward

Ah yes - the crowd went wild when they talked about how it's actually the Democrats attacking women. 

Just as Arizona Republicans are passing legislation that will allow employers to FIRE a women for using contraceptives for birth control. (Not kidding)

As multiple Republican legislatures are voting to require women to undergo government mandated rape. (Look it up.)

While the beloved Republicans in Texas are actively going out of their way to cut women's healthcare.

Lost in Texas
Lost in Texas

As Leppert said, they agree on all the issues.  Therefore, I'm not voting for any of them.  I'm a values voter too this year.  I'm not voting for anyone who has strong beliefs that go against my values.  That makes it hard to vote in Texas, you know?

Fairview Kid
Fairview Kid

Well the Rick Perry campaign model of "do NOT show up for debates or discussions" hasspread to David Dewhurst.   Maybe it is a virus....

Paul
Paul

Vote for the dead possum.  You will not be disappointed.

EDM
EDM

That is the beauty of the Republican belief system:  Man is too puny and insignificant to destroy the Earth ... only God can do that.  Therefore it doesn't matter what they do in the reckless pursuit of profits because it is either temporary or insignificant on a global scale.

Of course, when things do go the hell (for example, massive crop failures in the US), the Republicans have a convenient scapegoat for that ... the Democrates.

Jay
Jay

Well of course they want to completely destroy the earth, who doesn't? Its been around for four billion years, its worn out, its time for something new, isn't it?

But I thought Repubs were totally against economic growth, and new jobs, and new business. At least until after November. That's what the media and Demos say almost every day. It must be true.

And the oddly warm winter and spring we are experiencing (along with the record setting freezing weather in Europe and Russia), that is referred to as weather.  Global warming (or climate change as is now the preferred name of the ongoing catastrophe) is a totally different issue than weather. If you people insist on blaming every mouse fart on climate change or global warming, you're going to lose what ever credibility you have left.

Ed D.
Ed D.

They're all for small government, that is to say, government small enough to fit in your uterus.

jfpo
jfpo

Your post reads like like "libtard" hyperbole. Sadly, it's not. I still can't figure out how crazy turned into mainstream.

dallasmay
dallasmay

... and Repubs will choose to continue to believe that ignoring problems make them go away.

Edward
Edward

Yeah, it DOES sound crazy, doesn't it?

It's so crystal clear that once Republicans gain control of the legislatures, all the talk about jobs and the economy go out the window, and the focus becomes almost totally on abortion, gays, and women.

Kansas is now passing laws that require doctors to tell women that abortion causes cancer, something that has been totally disproven. Of course, they are also the folks who want to legislate away things like evolution.

And the first thing a Republican candidate has to say is basically "I don't believe in science" in order to get elected.

Guest
Guest

 I read a story many years ago called "The Day of the Bazerka" when the normal was to be totally insane. Wish I could remember what started it in that story.

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