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Friday, May 04, 2007

The GOP Debate

I watched the GOP debate on MSNBC last night. First, the horse race:

  • I think Romney probably made the most traction
  • Giuliani really needs to stop talking about stopping crime in NYC
  • McCain is the grouchy old man telling the kids to get off his lawn
  • Gingrich and Thompson had the best performance by not being there. What's the point of 30 sec responses with 10 other candidates?

I can't believe the questions from and Chris Matthews. There wasn't a single question which could be described as coming from a serious, conservative perspective.'s questions from its users, invariably from San Francisco, CA, Madison, WI, and New York, NY, were terrible and clearly were from the nutroots.

It's a good thing that the GOP isn't a bunch of wussies like the Dems vis a vis Fox News, since they'd only be able to appear on one channel.

But, why didn't Tucker Carlson, Joe Scarborough, or even Tim Russert moderate the debate? At one point, as a candidate was responding to one of Matthew's idiotic questions, Chris "Softball" Matthews actually provided his own rebuttal by saying loudly "Oh, God...." - dismissing whatever it was that the candidate just said.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (4)
Anonymous said...

The macro view: IF the Republican nominee is any one of these guys, AND the Democratic nominee is any one of the people who were part of the Dems' recent debate, THEN the 2008 will be unequivocally another referendum on Iraq. All of the Repubs are for "victory" (whatever that means); all of the Dems are for ending the war. Have you ever seen such unanimity?

Unless the electorate has a truly historic change of heart in the next 18 months, the portents are really, really bad for the GOP.

Bob McCarty said...

I watched the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate broadcast live from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., and was left thinking Newt Gingrich and Fred Thompson came away clear winners.

That’s right! Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, and Thompson, the Law and Order star and former U.S. senator from Tennessee, can declare victory simply because both were smart enough to skip the event for two likely reasons:

First, because it’s taking place far too early to be remembered by voters 9 or more months from now;


Second, because video clips and sound bites from the event will serve Democrat candidates’ needs more than Republicans, a result of the fact that many of the questions were “loaded” with liberal bias in a variety of ways.

Speaking of liberal bias, I must share my feelings about MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and his colleagues at the alphabet networks: In short, I’ve never been comfortable with the hiring of former Democrat speech writers and operatives like Matthews, ABC’s George Stephanopolous and NBC’s Tim Russert as news anchors and, in this case, debate moderators.

Hat’s off to all of the Republican candidates for their self-control in not reaching out to ring the necks of Matthews and his pals for conducting themselves the way they did.

Wrapping up, I want to share my gut-instinct feelings about the ”performances” of all the GOP candidates — all of whom must secretly wish they were Reagan – tonight:

Sam Brownback: Good guy. Would make a great neighbor.

Jim Gilmore: Straight-shooter who backs promises.

Rudy Giuliani: Democrat in a Republican suit that didn’t fit.

Mike Huckabee: Honest and sincere.

Duncan Hunter: Tough on border security.

John McCain: Striving to produce sound bites, appear tough. Didn’t do either well.

Ron Paul: Most common sense and, at same time, darkest horse running.

Mitt Romney: Too plastic. Too polished. Looks like Lyle Waggoner of The Carol Burnett Show from the ’70s.

Tom Tancredo: Independent-minded but flustered by Chris Matthews repeatedly cutting him off.

Tommy Thompson: Trying hard to appear tough.

More later. We have miles to go before we vote.

Monterey John said...

Rudy let me down. Glad I have not made that call to volunteer yet :)

Romney about as slick Bill Clinton. Reminded me of a character from Dickens.

I liked Huckabee the best.

Bottomline, who cares? It's too early as others have noted.

Chris Mathews? What a cloying pain in the ass.

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