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PC Flushing

Posted by Mike on August 5, 2007

Mary Katharine Ham has created another amusing “duck and cover” style video. This one takes aim at politically correct nonsense. Enjoy.

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Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa

Posted by Ryan on August 5, 2007

The announced Republican contenders for President met this morning in Iowa for an ABC News debate hosted by the snivelling “former” Clinton stooge George Stephanopolous.  I’m getting pretty tired of this format where we don’t really get to the heart of any issues but only seem to allow the candidates to spew talking points and move on.  Honestly, I only watched about 75% of the debate since it was poorly advertised (who watches ABC anymore anyway?). 

None of the press cares or focuses on the second tier candidates and unless you’re as funny or as quick as Mike Huckabee (who continues to pique my interest), you aren’t standing out:  Tancredo remains a tense-looking one issue guy, Tommy Thompson comes off as creepy on TV which mutes his message, Brownback (like McCain) shot himself in the foot with his stance on illegals, and Duncan Hunter should be our Veep candidate, but since the press ignores him generally he’s still too unknown. 

Lest we forget the indomitable Ron Paul.  He was the only candidate who wants to leave Iraq now, called the war illegal and co-sponsored a cut-and-run bill with Dennis Kucinich.  I mock Ron Paul every chance I get because it’s easy and he insults my intelligence on many issues (his Cheney-has-more-power-than-Bush nonsense produced a belly-laugh), including Iraq.  He’s MSM entertainment and draws his support from a base I cannot consider in touch with much, if they still claim to be Republicans at all.  Just goes to show you how far a few crazed Internet junkies can make an unknown unlikeable.  When Ron Paul finally drops out of this race, I have a feeling many of his supporters may not vote Republican anyway in the general.  They won’t vote for She Who Must Not Be Named (she’s not for an immediate troop withdrawal), but they are prime Bloomberg or “Unity ’08” bait who’re apt to suddenly claim that they’re “moderates” who “want a change.”

Back to the substance.  The debate was spirited and generally more Democrat bashing than Republican wrangling took place.  Comparing this debate to the Democrat debates, one can still tell who the adults in the room are.

I hate calling McCain a frontrunner but he lingers near the top tier in most (real) polls and still gets the top-tier number of questions asked to him.  I still think he comes off as nearly unhinged, holding back his ferocity simply because the cameras are there.  Solid on the War on Terror, a person who prides himself as a party maverick should, in principle, probably never get that party’s nomination in my opinion.

Mitt Romney had a number of good one liners that the press picked up on. 

  • On Ron Paul:  “Has he forgotten about 9/11?”  No, Mitt, he’s forgotten he’s a Republican.
  • On Barry O’Bama:  “I mean, in one week he went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies…  I mean, he’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”  Great line!  Duncan Hunter hit Barry too, warning the obvious point that we shouldn’t be unilaterally bombing our allies.
  • Ostensibly on Sam “Switch back” Brownback:  “I get tired of people that are holier than thou because they’ve been pro-life longer than I have.”  Sounds a little defensive… Mitt’s feeling the pro-life pressure.

Rudy Giuliani had the most important line of the debate when he said:  “In four debates, not a single Democrat said the word, ‘Islamic terrorists.'” Beyond all the name calling and policy jostling, this point is crucial as to where America’s future lies after November 2008.  His social issues will continue to dog him amongst the conservative base.  I’d love to vote for Giuliani, but for his positions on the social stuff– I just don’t trust that we’ll get Roberts’ and Scalia’s out of him.

In my opinion, Huckabee looked articulate and was sensible, but Romney had the memorable one-liners this time.  I don’t think this debate changed anything, but that’s more of a format issue with these debates.  Given them equal time (five minutes minimum) or just stop inviting the second tier.  You can start with Ron Paul! 

AP photo.  Notice who’s missing.

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