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GOP Wins First Democrat Debate

Posted by Mike on April 26, 2007

Earlier tonight, eight Democrats participated in a debate hosted by their party’s media wing, MSDNC. From a conservative perspective, it was surprisingly entertaining.

Although there were plenty of losers both on camera and off, the big loser tonight was the network itself. I have yet to see a breakdown of how much time each candidate had to speak, but it wasn’t even close to equal. What exactly was the point of inviting the two loons on the right side of the screen (Kucinich and Gravel) if they weren’t going to have an equal opportunity to make their case?

Although each of the three frontrunners had their embarrassing moments, it was She Who Must Not Be Named who tanked this round when she delivered the money quote that will launch 1,000 attack ads:

Well, I don’t have enough time to tell you all the mistakes I’ve made in the last many years.

Truer words have never flown out of her mouth.

Although SWMNBN gave the worst performance, Edwards and Obama also had their moments. The lowlight of Edwards’ night came when he was asked to name one moral leader who has influenced his life. Morality being a foreign concept to the left, several seconds of awkward silence followed before Silky Pony regained his composure and fumbled through his answer. The question about his $400 haircuts was also quite amusing.

Barack Obama’s misstep was probably the least damaging of the night. When questioned on his previous statements that all options were on the table vis-a-vis, Iran, the empty suit stood firm, explaining that although Ahmadinejad did not yet possess nuclear weapons, he was committed to acquiring them. That is a reasonable position which would be pretty easy to defend in a general election. However, in a Democrat primary, leaving open the possibility for a military option against a Holocaust-denying maniac committed to acquiring nuclear weapons might not go over too well. Time will tell how this plays out.

In the event Obama wins the nomination, I would expect the eventual Republican nominee to ask Obama to explain why a preemptive war against Iran is acceptable when a Democrat is President but a preemptive war against Iraq is not acceptable when a Republican is President. This question will only be asked if the new tone is scrapped though. Let’s hope.

In addition to the Republican party, the big winner of tonight’s circus was probably former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel. An angry kook liberal straight out of 1972, Gravel was the most entertaining candidate because he courageously used his limited amount of time to admit what modern liberals really believe. That’s not exactly a winning strategy for 2008 but at least it was honest.

Gravel’s honesty produced several other hilarious moments. First, he called out MSNBC for treating him like a potted plant. Second, he drew attention to Joe Biden’s arrogant side. Finally, he had his own Zell Miller moment with Chrissy in his post-debate interview. I think the liberals in the Democrat party should back this guy. Deep down they think he’s right. He isn’t, but they don’t know that.

And finally, no Democrat gathering would be complete without the unintentional comedy of little Dennis Kucinich. Undeterred by his opponents’ unanimous rejection of his impeach Cheney proposal, Kucinich pulled out a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, red cover and all, in an attempt to change their minds. It looked like he was waving a little red book. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried!

Tonight was merely the opening act in this political version of Eight is Enough and the Dems did themselves no favors. If they really wanted to be taken seriously, they would pay attention to the words of Twisted Sister: “If that’s your best, your best won’t do!”

UPDATE: Gravel vs. Chrissy


Click here for a partial transcript of tonight’s debate

Click here for liberal reaction to tonight’s debate

MSNBC screencap via Free Republic

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The Dems Debate

Posted by Ryan on April 26, 2007

In just a few moments eight Democrats are going to spew more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than all the SUVs in Dayton!  NBC’s running the debate so no one’s going to watch it.  But, if you’re a political junkie and want a good laugh, you can see:

  • Barry O’Bama looking pur-ty and articulating well
  • She Who Must Not Be Named faking it (that’s a full time job for her)
  • John “Pert-Girl” Edwards swooning us with his grip firmly around our heartstrings
  • Eugene V. Debs… sorry, I mean Dennis Kucinich
  • Joe Biden, Esq.
  • Chris Dodd being mean while trying to look tough
  • Bill Richardson, the most palpable of the group going left
  • And everybody’s favorite also-ran, Mike Gravel

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Naive Obama

Posted by Sal on April 26, 2007

Barack Obama showed how naive he could be when it comes to foreign policy.  Commenting on the Democrat’s passage of a bill to withdraw troops from Iraq, Obama said:

We are one signature away from ending the Iraq War. President Bush must listen to the will of the American people and sign this bill so that our troops can come home.  I opposed this war from the start. I said then that it would distract us from pursuing those who attacked us and would entangle us in an occupation of undetermined length, cost and consequences. This war has no military solution, and the Iraqi people need to take responsibility for their own future. That’s why I believe that my plan for a phased withdrawal with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31st, 2008 is still the best way to pressure the warring factions to reach a political settlement necessary to end this war. This similar plan responsibly redeploys our troops from Iraq while protecting our interests in the wider Middle East. It ensures that we are as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in.  All of us have been touched by the heroic sacrifices troops have made in service to our country. With the stroke of a pen, President Bush can bring them home to the families who love them and to a country ready to honor them for their service.

I think Mrs. Sal summed it up the best when she emailed this story to me: 

Yup.  Once we leave Iraq everything will be all sunshine and roses over there.  I’ll say it again… what an idiot…

I agree wholeheartedly. Is this the person that we want for our Commander-in-Chief?

Posted in Election 2008, Politics, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | 1 Comment »

Roberts Dissents

Posted by Mike on April 26, 2007

Although Justice Scalia is the undisputed master of witty dissents, he may soon have a run for his money. Yesterday, the Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, struck down three death penalty cases in Abdul-Kabir v. Quarterman. Writing the dissent for the four Justices who have actually read the Constitution, Chief Justice Roberts slammed Justice Stevens for the latter’s absurd reliance on his own dissenting opinions as established law and reminded the 85 year old that what goes around comes around.

We know Scalia would have had a field day with Stevens, but on this occasion he deferred to the Chief. Although no one can touch Scalia in the art of dissent, deferring to Roberts was the right thing to do. How else is he going to learn?

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War on Speech — Battleground, Rhode Island

Posted by Sal on April 26, 2007

I pointed out last week that a war on free speech was underway after the Imus firing.  It appears that the Ocean State, the state of origin of all three members of the Axis of Right, has become a primary battleground in this war.  The following three stories should be proof enough. 

  •  WJAR Channel 10 yesterday called for Rush Limbaugh’s firing over a parody that he runs, “Barack the magic Negro”, for being racist.  The parody, however, is rather brilliant.  The phrase came from an LA Times story written by an African-American LA times reporter, in which the reporter said that Barack Obama was the “magic negro” who could appeal to white voters but had never really undergone the black experience.  Rush’s parody itself points this fact out, that it came from an LA times story, and uses an Al Sharpton parody to deliver.  The Drive-by media, however, (in this case WJAR-10) does not tell you any of this background, only the title of the parody and then calls for Limbaugh’s firing. 
  • At URI, the student senate nearly voted to de-recognize the College Republicans because of a parody ad that they ran advertising a “white, heterosexual  American males”, and they refused to apologize.  Luckily, the measure did not go through, and the URI College Republicans remain a University-recognized groups.  The response of the URI College Republicans?  The same day their organization was up for the vote, they organized the first-annual URI Global Cooling Day
  • Less lucky and more troubling is the firing of two Roger Williams University students, Dana Peloso and Jon Porter, from WQRI, Roger Williams University’s college radio station.  The hosts repeated the phrase “nappy-headed hos” multiple times.  The phrase, which was the phrase that got Imus fired, was used solely in describing the Imus situation.   

Apparently, free speech is OK only when it’s liberal free speech and it doesn’t offend anyone. 

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