CNN Debates at Reagan Library

This was basically a sham.  We got, literally, 10 minutes of McCain and Romney arguing over semantics.  Whether or not Romney used the word “timetable” as a reference to troop withdrawel or a reference to milestones.  Is that really what the debate is about?

I could have sworn I was watching two high school girls bickering over the fact that one told a boy that the other liked him…”Yeah, but I didn’t mean that I like him like him.”

I wish Reagan could have been there to smack those bitches back to reality.  I’ve come to the conclusion that Ron Paul just isn’t the right man to do it.  His message is great, but unfortunately he just doesn’t have “it”, and his delivery is weak.  I’d love to see Ron Paul’s ideas delivered by a guy with Obama’s oratory skills.

By the way, does anyone else find it ironic that McCain says he wants to change Washington, but his response to every question he doesn’t know how to answer is to name 30 “old and dear friends” whose names I remember as Washington politicians from my childhood?  It seems like he tries to fill up his 90 second responses by naming these dinosaurs as slowly as possible.

Huckabee?  That guy is qualified for little more than hosting amateur night at a “clean jokes only” comedy club in Little Rock.  Two drink minimum…your choice of milk or juice.  And don’t forget to tip your waitresses–they’re illegal workers, and the only payment they’re getting from us is free college for their kids.

Seriously, are these ass clowns the best we can muster up to represent us?

“Is the best of the free life behind us now, and are the good time really over for good?” –Merle Haggard

Why Mitt’s Religion Speech is Shortsighted

Mitt Romney has painted himself into a little bit of a corner by hyping up the “religion speech” and creating a buildup.   I only see a few possible outcomes…

1)  The speech sucks.  All the buildup was for nothing.  No one cares, and everyone walks away saying, “that’s it?”

2)  The speech effectively conveys the point that the President’s religion shouldn’t be such a large determining factor.  I can accept that…so why did you spend so much time and so many resources hyping this speech if religion isn’t an important matter?

3)  The speech effectively conveys the point that the President’s religion is of great importance.  This will effectively polarize people against him.  If you convince people that religion is so important, they will be less likely to vote for you if they don’t agree with your religion.

I guess he’s at a make or break point of the campaign, and it’s time to take a risk?  Or am I that much of a political simpleton?  Maybe both?

Ron Paul at the CNBC Michigan Debate

Here are all the Ron Paul clips merged together…

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I didn’t get to watch this one because of work and rugby.

Great answers on our monetary policy, and one of the best quotes ever….

“Why don’t we just open up the Constitution and read it?!”

Did Mitt Romney really say that he would consult attorneys to decide whether or not to invade Iran? What a clown!

Post New Hampshire Debate Thoughts

At this point, I’m happy for Ron Paul to stay in the race for no other reason than how much it annoys Sean Hannity that he always win the post debate polls. The only way Hannity could possibly be more of a nuisance would be if he changed his last name to Clinton. I’ll have a whole separate post coming up after Hannity gets his ass handed to him by has what he predicts will be a battle with Dr. Paul

I didn’t think Ron Paul did particularly well tonight. Although I agree with just about everything he has to say, he didn’t hammer home the freedom message, which is by far his strength. Of course, it doesn’t help that the 1st tier candidates get 3-4 questions to each of his. I did absolutely love his response that the President gets his marching orders from the Constitution–classic.

Other highlights:

  • Romney proves he’s still perfectly capable of not answering a single question.
  • Guiliani was mayor of New York–did you know that?
  • Tancredo couldn’t talk a vagrant into drinking a beer with him.
  • Duncan Hunter leaned on the podium like George W. and tried to smirk like Reagan. Neither worked for him.

If I were any of these candidates, I’d be pretty annoyed that Fred Thompson’s name was even brought up, much less the lead question.

Big Hole in the Universe

From Space.com

The hole is nearly a billion light-years across. It is not a black hole, which is a small sphere of densely packed matter. Rather, this one is mostly devoid of stars, gas and other normal matter, and it’s also strangely empty of the mysterious “dark matter” that permeates the cosmos. Other space voids have been found before, but nothing on this scale.

1. What human behavior caused this?
2. How long has Bush been covering it up?
3. How much money have the oil companies made exploiting it?
4. What is Hillary’s (Obama’s, Romney’s, Rudy’s, etc) plan to save us from it while still keeping taxes low for hard working American families?

Blogging The Iowa Debate Part IV

McCain’s answer on Vice-Presidential powers was actually pretty funny. “Only one President.” That is a strong answer.

Guiliani sounds like he’s pretty comfortable with Cheney’s roll, and Romney is defending G.W. Bush’s use of Cheney, saying it is entirely up to him.

If I were President, I’d have the Vice President make sure that I always have coffee and remove all of the green M&Ms from the bowl. I’d also let him go out amongst the interns and decide who gets backstage passes.

Ron Paul get interrupted by George Stephanopoulos when he tries to attack the present “conservative” platform.

On taxes…

The Fair Tax is getting some play, and Huckabee (correctly) observes that the current tax system penalizes productivity. Huckabee doesn’t admit that the Fair Tax would create a huge black market–23% discount and the black market sales people can sell it to you for the same price as the store. It’s still better than what we have though.

Romney doesn’t like the Fair Tax, Guiliani wants to eliminate the death tax and simplify the one that we have. He thinks it’s too complex to get to a Fair Tax. Yeah, that makes sense. Let’s make our current code more complex because changing it is too complex.

The accounting lobby will never allow a simple tax code to be implemented.

Tancredo actually makes a great point that the current tax system is a way for the federal government to control behavior.

What is your defining mistake…what a great question:
Huckabee gives a great answer about not taking care of his health…very personal.
Guiliani gives a comical answer, but doesn’t answer.
McCain volunteered to stay in combat and ended up a P.O.W. That is strong.
Tommy Thompson is going to end breast cancer. If he can do that I want him to be President for sure.
Most guys, Ron Paul included, give purely political answers. McCain wins.

Tancredo, I don’t think America is hopeless. I think you guys are trying to make it seem that way in order to distance yourselves from Bush because you can’t run on “more of the same”.

Tommy Thomson is hell bent on getting rid of political, and apparently grammatical, correctness.

Brownback is all about the family and overturning Roe v. Wade. Unelectable in every way.

McCain is running on nothing but the battle against radical Islamic extremists, and Guiliani wants to be the Mayor of The United States. Were you aware that he was the mayor of New York (during 9-11)? Just checking. People who watch national political coverage on a Sunday morning may not know that, right?

Romney wants strong _____. Fill in the blank–he wants everything strong.

I like Huckabee’s answer. I hope he really is aware of who his boss is and it isn’t just rhetoric. I think he’s done really well in this debate. I like a lot of what I’ve heard. I’m going to read more about him, especially what people in Arkansas think of him.

Ron Paul wants the government open and privacy for the people. I don’t think this is the strongest answer he could have given, even though I personally like it.

Duncan Hunter’s son should run for office. His dad’s entire platform seems to be based on the fact that his son is serving in Iraq.

Blogging The Iowa Debate Part III

It’s funny that Romney talks about speaking softly and carrying a big stick, because I was just about to say that he sure is using a low and soft voice when speaking about our military might. “We were here…they attacked us.” Half right…we were here, and there.

I think Tancredo wants to protect this country? Attacking the religious centers of other countries? That’s like attacking our financial centers. Do you think that would stir up a hornet’s nest or not? Look what it did here.

“Wouldn’t do nothing but…” Tommy Thompson, you sir is an idiot.

Now we’re moving on to the issue of the week–bridges. This may get us through as a major topic until hurricane season is in full swing.

All of these infrastructure issues are STATE ISSUES!!! What in the hell does this have to do with the federal government?

Blogging The Iowa Debate Part II

Getting a new post going here since they’ve decided to move to domestic issues.

Huckabee is now in favor of nationalized health care. Why can’t this just be left up to the individual states? Huckabee buddy, I hate to tell you this, but there is way more money in illness than there is in health unfortunately.

Thompson was Secretary of Health and is big on wellness and prevention. And you know, I am too, but it is up to individuals. Sorry.

Tancredo at least is against nationalized health care. That’s about the only sentence he gets out before he starts stumbling over his words again. Of course, he turns it into an immigration issue.

Does Romney ever answer the question that he is asked? EVER? He never addressed the bill that he was asked about.

I predict that Duncan Hunter will use the “525 wrist braces” as his battle cry until he bows out of the race.

Brownback misses an important point when talking about the desire to nationalize health care. Those that are in favor of nationalized health care don’t want better health care. They’d rather have average health care for everyone.

Stephanopoulos catches Guiliani waffling on whether or not he’d go in to Pakistan. Sort of petty on George’s part, but funny nonetheless.

George lets him off the hook and instead pins Romney down on the issue of going around Pakistan to get Bin Laden.

So much for domestic issues…let’s get right back to what is most important to the average Americans, a geography lesson about Pakistan and a discussion about spreading “democracy” half way around the world.

Huckabee is aware that our government should serve us, not the rest of the world. What a novel idea. Have these guys broken into Ron Paul’s hotel room and plagiarized his talking points?

Ron Paul expands on Huckabee’s statements be making it a philosophical argument. You can’t do it by force. When are people going to learn that this really is true. You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Of course, a dead squirrel gets the most.

What the hell is Guiliani talking about? Going to the movies in New York City? The argument isn’t over how to spread democracy and build nations. The argument is whether or not it is philosophically correct to spread democracy and build nations.

McCain, we won the cold war because communism is a terrible idea.

Blogging The Iowa Debate Part I

I DVR’d it, so I’m a little behind.

First of all…does anyone actually believe that Fred Thompson is going to run? I just don’t see it happening.

Romney won’t address anything in Brownback’s ad, just gives examples that contradict it. It sounds like he may be personally in pro-choice, but governs as pro-life. “I changed my position.” In most people’s eyes, that makes you a waffler Mitt, sorry.

Giuliani supports the 2nd amendment. “Supporting the 2nd amendment” doesn’t mean that you support private gun ownership. It means you support your interpretation of the 2nd amendment. Big difference.

Ron Paul gets the first shot at Iraq saying that the war is illegal…that’s quite a shot. He uses it as an opportunity to attack foreign policy. But Hunter gives a hawkish response. You know, I think you have to give it to the Democrats on the fact that they concentrate on what needs to be done here, not in other countries. Their methods may not be the most sane, but at least their intentions are good (I think).

Huckabee wants to reduce our dependency on foreign oil as a solution. I am completely behind that idea, but it’s not going to solve itself overnight. Brownback wants to basically take over Iraq and tell them how to divide themselves up. It actually sounds like what Vic Mackey does with Spook Street and the One Niners on The Shield.

McCain wants to stay the course of George Bush in Iraq–politically suicide, at least in my estimation.

George Stephanopoulos wants to know if there are any differences between McCain and Guiliani. Of course there is. Guiliani is okay with torture “any means necessary”.

Romney concurs with the other leaders. That’s a safe bet. His attack on Obama is pretty funny though.

Tancredo finally gets his chance to chime in. You know my opinion of this guy–he’s better off showing up to the debate and keeping his mouth shut. Every time he talks he looks more and more like George Bush III. He’s attacking the rules of engagement. I guess he’s long-tailing his talking points now?

Tommy Thompson, I have a word of advice. The next time you want to give a prepared speech in what is supposed to be a live debate, spend a little more time practicing your delivery. Stephen Hawking could have delivered that speech with more emotion and believability.

Winding up this segment with Ron Paul. He attacks the neo-cons and…

Wait a minute…McCain admits that the war was mismanaged for a long time. Yet he’s totally in favor of sticking with the guy who mismanaged it.

So Just What is Government Health Care?

Mitt Romney isn’t in favor of government health care. He doesn’t want the government to pay for people’s health care. He wants you to choose your own private insurance plan (from a select few approved by the government), and the government can then subsidize it.

You see the difference? Through subsidies, he will be able to prevent any use of federal funds (taxpayer money) to pay for the health care of individual citizens. Because, you see, subsidies don’t come from tax payer money. They come from, uh, from uh…

Wait. I’m confused. Just what is a subsidy then?