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Salinger’s Debate LiveBlog

Posted by Sal on May 15, 2007

 My thoughts on the Republican debate as it happens.  Note that all quotes below are approximate paraphrases, as I typed them as I heard them: 

  • 9:09:  Brownback’s Iraq position is still troubling to me.  He sounds more like a Democrat on Iraq than a Republican. 
  • 9:13:  Best question of the night by Chris Wallace to Ron Paul:  “Are you running in for President in the wrong party?”
  • 9:17:  Even the internet questions are more intelligent on Fox than they were on MSDNC.
  • 9:23:  Line of the night, so far:  “We’ve had a congress that’s spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop,” Mike Huckabee. 
  • 9:29:  Ron Paul strikes me as slightly unstable.  
  • 9:31:  Duncan Hunter has the best solution I’ve heard yet to try to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S..  Eliminate taxes on Manufacturing. 
  • 9:33:  Observation from Mrs. Sal:  “That bell is a lot less obnoxious than “Time…  Time… Time…”
  • 9:38:  Gilmore picked on the biggest weakness of Romney, the quasi-socialist mandatory healthcare plan that the state of MA implemented under his watch. 
  • 9:44:  Brownback’s support of Comprehensmive Immigration Reform along with his views in Iraq have really caused me to re-evaluate my views of him since he began his run. 
  • 9:48:  Giuliani’s abortion argument compared to slavery holds no weight.  He stated that no one believes in slavery, but people disagree on abortion.  What he forgets is that people at the time of slavery did believe that it was a good thing. 
  • 9:50:  Brownback’s positon on abortion is probably the most logical out of the entire group.  Some esteem for him has been renewed on my part. 
  • 9:53:  Romney’s abortion answer was somewhat weak. 
  • 9:57:  Romney’s point on campaign finance reform and the subsequent applause, along with McCain’s attack on his changing views was a perfect example of why Fred Thomson’s poll numbers are so high, even though he’s not running.
  • 9:59:  Line of the night #2, from Giuliani:  “Thanks to Congressman Tancredo for calling me soft on anything.  That’s the first time I’ve been called soft on anything in twenty years.  It may help my reputation.”
  • 10:01:  Congressman Tancredo, what is a “Case of the Slows?”
  • 10:02:  Ron Paul, where did you come from?  “There is a longstanding anti-war position within the Republican Party?”  Since when?
  • 10:04:  Ron Paul is giving legitimacy to the terrorists.  Giulian’s response was brilliant, talking about how it was NOT our fault that we were attacked on 9/11, and that Paul should apologize. Debates often aren’t really “debates” anymore.  This exchange was the closest thing I’ve seen to a real debate in a while. 
  • 10:10:  Duncan Hunter on Global Warming:  “We need to decrease our dependency on foreign oil, not just because it is a global warming issue, but because it is a national security issue.
  • 10:16:  The torture issue.  McCain’s torture answer was sickening.  So world opinion matters more than safety.  Giuliani’s answer was convincing on doing what needed to be done, and Romney’s answer showed a strong Presidential anti-terror policy. 
  • 10:19:  These scenarios are good questions.  Anyone want to take a guess what the Democrat candidates would say if they were asked these scenario questions?
  • 10:26: Line of the night #3 and #4, Tancredo:  “I’m looking for Jack Bauer at that point” in response to the hypotheticals.  He made a much more serious point when he said, “When we go under, Western Civilization goes under.”
  • 10:29:  Romney is very polished.  His answer on what he disagreed with the Republican base on was as good of an answer he could have possibly given to that question. 

Post-debate:  I liked the format, but there was no clear winner this time.  One of the problems with so many candidates is that each one only got asked about a dozen questions.  For more in-depth analysis, I’ll defer to Mike’s post-debate analysis, coming soon. 

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She’s Not Mother Teresa Either

Posted by Mike on May 15, 2007

Practicing Catholics are beginning to grow restless about the recent She Who Must Not Named campaign video using images of the candidate with the Blessed Mother Teresa. CNSNews has an excellent piece regarding one Catholic group’s reaction to the video, especially in light of the two women’s divergent views on the issue of abortion. The Curt Jester takes this a step further, comparing Mother Teresa’s harsh words on abortion with the candidate’s position.

It is becoming increasingly clear that She Who Must Not Be Named possess all the audacity of her husband’s campaign with none of the political savvy. At this early stage of the campaign, she has already compared herself to Margaret Thatcher, and now she wants to associate herself with a beatified hero who abhorred one of the centerpieces of her campaign. That takes a lot of nerve.

It is also a bad campaign move because the harder the Democrat tries to draw comparisons with women far greater than herself, the more she draws comparisons with women far greater than herself. That is not a winning formula.

Reuters photo

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The Democrat’s Poll Position

Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2007

The latest round of Gallup polls are in and for the first time since the Dems took over, they are less popular than President Bush with a whopping 29% to Bush’s steady 33% approval.  Scott Rasmussen, who’s been consistently polling the President’s job approval rating by taking an average of a three-day rolling poll for over six years, has Bush around 38%.  But, anyway, to those weak-kneed Republicans, this is an opportunity staring right at you to stop the nonsense of being Democrat-light– that worked sooo well in the sixties and seventies, didn’t it?  To the Dems:  You are renowned populist poll-whores, so if you’re suddenly discovering “principle” and continue to obstruct the war funding into the summer, you’ll make our job a lot easier next year!

Pic from Sean Robins’ Blog.

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Fred Thompson Has No Time for Michael Moore

Posted by Mike on May 15, 2007

How the mighty have fallen.  Amazingly desperate for publicity after each of his films have been exposed as cut and paste jobs with no basis in fact, Michael Moore challenged Fred Thompson to a debate over Cuba.  Apparently, the comic book guy is a little upset over criticisms he received for his allegedly illegal trip to Cuba while Fred Thompson puffs away on the only product worth anything from the tin-pot dictatorship with impunity.

I’m slightly surprised that Thompson bothered to respond to someone in the fast lane toward irrelevance.  That said, Thompson’s response should earn him a few points with the base.  It puts a liberal windbag in his place and does so in a manner appropriate for so someone unimportant.  It kind of reminds me of when the Vice President took John Edwards to the woodshed.

Link via Drudge

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