January 24, 2008

January 24 Republican Debate

It's a bit late to do a complete rundown of the entire debate but here's a snapshot.

Tim Russert did a bit of the work for the Democrats and John McCain with a few of his statements...um...I mean questions.

The candidates were all very cordial. Mike Huckabee continued to crack jokes. In fact, while he was talking, the song "Life is a Highway" started running through my head. But I did find out that his economic plan for the elderly is "Support yourself, go shopping!" John McCain talked about the Bridge to Nowhere (which, by the way, has never been built so why keep talking about it?) He also voted against the tax cuts before he voted for them.

Much to my delight, Rudy Giuliani brought up his opposition to Sarbanes-Oxley. If you don't know what Sarbanes-Oxley is, count yourself lucky. I'd tell you all about it, but I spent so much time sleeping through the meetings I had to quit my job.

I apologize for ignoring Ron Paul, but so is everyone else, so leave me alone!

Tim Russert mentioned polls that show Americans wish we never went into Iraq in the first place. Helllllooo! Earth to Russert! Have you ever heard the saying "Hind sight is 20/20?" It's a pretty good saying for a reason. In 2003, polls said Americans thought it was a good idea to go into Iraq. I have an idea: why don't we amend the Constitution? Let's not have a president! We'll just let the pollsters run the country? Anyway, during the post-debate analysis Chris Matthews pointed out that they were able to nail down all of the Republican candidates (except Ron Paul) on their support for the war. Nice set up. That will give you plenty of fodder during the national election. Brilliant!

One of my happiest moments was when Mayor Giuliani said we should be able to sue in China. How fun is that! John Edwards can move there and be the "Suer in Chief".

We found out that John McCain's BFF is Joe Lieberman and the New York Times likes him and hates Rudy Giuliani. That's a great way to rally the conservative base-bing up your endorsement from the Times. Oh yeah, and of course, Tim Russert couldn't wait to bring up (again) that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Really, who cares?

The biggest surprise of the evening is that some of the commentators after the debate seemed to concede that Romney won the debate. Chris Matthews was genuinely surprised that Mitt Romney was witty. Gee, who knew that Mormons are human?

5 comments:

zorro said...

Thanks for the summary. I couldn't be bothered watching. Reading your comments is much simpler and quicker.

patti said...

ROMNEY CAN'T WIN. WE MUST KEEP BILL AND HILLARY OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.IF ALL OF THE SO CALLED CONSERVATIVES KEEP TRASHING MCCAIN, THEN THEY GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.EIGHT YEARS OF BILLARY.

The Lonely Conservative said...

The problem with McCain is that a lot of conservatives can't stand him and might not even vote. Also, the media likes him now but that will change if he becomes the nominee. They love scandals, so why are they not bringing up the Keating 5 scandal? I'm sure they will after he's the nominee.

patti said...

OH one more thing. As far as the Keating 5 thing goes, in 1991 the Senate Ethics Committee found McCain and Glen to be the least blameworthy of the five Senators. they said that McCain and Glen attended the meetings but did nothing to influence the regulators. The committee said McCains actions were not "improper nor attended with gross negligence" He had "Full Exoneration" Any money that was raised for his Senate Bid, by Keating,was contributed to the US Treasury. With soooooo much dirt on the Clintons I doubt the Keating 5 will mean very much to the media or anyone else.

The Lonely Conservative said...

Well, if he gets nominated let's hope you're right.