Caruso-Cabrera: Tweak Your Platform, GOP
CNBC Chief International Correspondent
More evidence of what’s wrong with the Republican party emerged this week with the Mark Sanford scandal. If you haven’t heard, the governor of South Carolina disappeared to who
knows where this past week. (Now he says he was not on the Appalachian Trail but in Argentina.) He didn’t tell his wife or his staff, which has lead to all kinds of speculation that he is A: Having an affair; B: Having a nervous breakdown.
If the answer is A, you can add it to the long list of hypocritical actions by self-righteous Republicans. Insert here Senator John Ensign recently having to apologize for an affair.
The Republican Party insists that "American values" must be a core part of the platform. Their values of course; and yet values that many of them don't adhere to. There are few crimes greater in America than hypocrisy.
If the Republican party would stick to what matters, fiscal issues, they would do a heck of a lot better at the polls. They wouldn't have to be worried about looking like hypocrites every time one of them has an affair, or when (gasp!) one of their unmarried daughters turns out to be gay or pregnant.
The Republican party platform should be one line long: We will stay out of your pocketbook and out of your private life.
But what did they do for the last eight years under President George Bush? They invaded both.
Putting aside social issues, the Republicans spent money like drunken sailors. With a Republican party like that, who needs Democrats?
Money & Politics With Larry Kudlow:
The Karl Roves of the world will say that I am naïve, that I don’t understand politics, that I come from one of the coasts where people are more socially liberal, that I don’t understand the Midwest, that you must use social issues like gay marriage to get the vote out, blah blah blah.
I disagree. It was a Democrat who said "It’s the economy, stupid." He was right.