Here’s how Cal Thomas begins his latest column:
The last (but unfortunately not the final) “debate” among Republican presidential candidates aired Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST in the apparent hope that no one would watch. Few did. But among those who watched, or who read the transcript, ideology once again seemed to take precedence over something the voters might consider of greater importance in next year’s election. That something is competence.
While Sen. Sam Brownback and Gov. Mitt Romney sparred over who was pro-life first (the Republican version of the Democrats’ battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over who was first to oppose the war), I suspect most people are more interested in which candidate is best equipped to run the government.
Amen, Mr. Thomas. Which tall, dark-haired, pro-life presidential candidate became pro-life first is infinitely less important than which of them is capable of properly managing…oh, I don’t know…maybe a war, or a hurricane recovery.
Here’s the end of his column:
I care about social issues and the eroding morality of the country, but I care more about competent government. We are spending more on government than ever and getting less for our money. A government that can’t keep track of nearly 200,000 weapons during a war does not inspire confidence. Let’s have a little less ideology from the presidential candidates of both parties and a lot more talk of how to repair broken government.
I highly recommend you read the middle.