In the 10^23 Republican presidential primary torture garden nightmare party on foreign terrorism and communism or whatever, things happened that were predictable. Michelle Bachman made ridiculous claims, and couldn’t support them. In this debate, they were about Obama taking away the CIA’s ability to investigate, which I guess he has done with his unwaivering support and continuance of the Patriot Act and his failure to close Guantanamo Bay. Which is still open, by the way, despite even the United Nations calling for its closure. Newt Gingrich said something dickish, perhaps about the Patriot Act. Ron Paul provided, as usual, the one viewpoint that actually seems in line with what the Republican Party used to pretend to be; in this debate it was in providing the lone voice of dissent to the Patriot Act, the ultimate face of big brother-government intervention and control. Jon Huntsman said some unAmerican things, like that we should withdraw troops from Afghanistan and also that for some reason Vietnam was bad for America. I don’t know why, perhaps because more hippies could have died on both fronts? Finally, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum fulfilled roles. According to the AP: “Also on the debate stage were businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.” Here’s a site link to the Denver Post, but you shouldn’t click it because they’re a bunch of fuckers.