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Before the two best teams in the NFL squared off against one another, two political titans entered their own arena to do battle. Here are my five takeaways from the Obama / O’Reilly Super Bowl interview.
1. The entire Obama administration is technologically naive
O’Reilly pressed Obama on the botched Obamacare rollout. Obama repeated multiple times:
“I don’t think anybody anticipated the degree of problems”
Really? Nobody in the entire administration anticipated these problems? I find this incredibly difficult to believe. I work in the web industry. I develop web applications used by hundreds of thousands and even millions of people. I can tell you from personal experience that if my deadline was approaching and the product was not ready, I would be in regular communications with the client discussing crisis mode options.
CGI Federal has taken a lot of heat for the botched rollout. Some of that they deserve, no doubt. But I suspect the #1 problem was a terrible set of specifications delivered from the government. Poor specifications leads to poor product. I also suspect that the middlemen within the Administration did not possess enough tech knowledge to comprehend the extent of the disastrous rollout.
“[Nobody] anticipated the degree of problems.” Obama’s own words. I expected more from the supposedly “most tech-savvy administration in history.”
2. Holding people accountable is now officially meaningless
O’Reilly challenged Obama on Kathleen Sebelius’ continued employment. O’Reilly clearly believes she failed and she should go. I happen to agree. However, Obama’s reassures us:
I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable.
Okay, but what does this mean? Obama has told us before that he holds people accountable. Other than General Stanley McChrystal, who has Obama actually fired? Only a select few have even resigned.
In the Obama administration, you can oversee the Fast and Furious scandal, lie about the cause of the attack in Benghazi, lie to Congress about the government’s data-collection policies, and even botch the rollout of the President’s signature legislation and your job is secure. But dare to mock Joe Biden and you’re fired!
This should be entertaining.
“Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro will appear on The Sean Hannity Show to discuss the tape. The full tape will be released tonight on Fox News’ Hannity.”
You can read the full entry by Breitbart.com at THE VETTING: OBAMA EMBRACES RACIALIST HARVARD PROF
I’ll be looking forward to your reaction!
Confirmed to appear: Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mittens Romney, Rick Santorum
Posted on his website by Mike Huckabee:
This Saturday from 8-10pm ET, my show [Mike Huckabee] will have a 2 hour special featuring the GOP Presidential candidates—all of whom are going to be posed questions not by media “stars” but by GOP Attorneys General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma, Pam Bondi of Florida, and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia; I will moderate. The candidates all get the exact same amount of time; the order in which they answer questions is determined by a random drawing and not by arbitrary decisions of “king maker” moderators.
The candidates will appear singularly on stage and are not allowed to discuss or attack other candidates, but must stick to questions which will focus on the federal/state relations of immigration, education, jobs, Obamacare, etc. It will be a very unique format and substantive—no “gotcha” stuff. I encourage you to tune in and please let your friends and family know about the debate as well.
Three Attorneys General are actually going to be asking the questions. And they all appear to be fans of the U.S. Constitution.
Holy moley. What a concept!
This isn’t going to be a live blog…I am not a transcriptionist. Just jotting down what I can as it happens, if I can type fast enough.
Newt is first.Pam Bondi is asking about empowering local board to decide which illegal aliens get to stay in the country.
Newt’s answer is about draft boards. He’s making a point about local citizens making decisions about local people. Talking about having a local family having to sponsor the illegals.
Ken Cucinnelli is asking about all the big-government solutions Newt has advocated in the past. Newt is saying it’s important to look at his total record (apparently the conservative half of his record.) Which Ken Cucinnelli points out.
Newt is saying that he has balanced a budget before, been there done that, etc.
First commercial break. I’m glad they’re not just throwing softballs.
Scott Pruett is asking about national problems that neither Congress nor the President should solve. His answer: Education, Medicaid, EPA functions. Newt points out the 10th amendment also covers moving power back to individuals.
My god, he’s starting to sound like Ron Paul…except he’s still talking about the government paying for education.
Pam Bondi: asks about Race to the Top and rigorous educational standards talked about on his website. Is it wrong to the federal government to intrude on the states when it comes to education? He says yes it is. Pam seems dissatisfied with his answer.
Question about Nancy Pelosi on the couch. Newt refers to a book he wrote that talks about free market solutions to environmental problems.
Who’s your favorite founding father…his answer is George Washington.
Good appearance but I don’t think he really put questions about his flip-flopping to bed.
Would I vote for him vs. Obama? I will have to think hard about it. My gut is telling me that once elected, he would go Cocktail Party on us and start reaching across the aisle again. I doubt that he would cut $1 trillion from the budget in his first year and balance it during his term. That’s the standard by which I’m judging all the candidates. So far only one has made a credible promise to do that.
Rick Santorum is up…first question is about the Patriot Act, which he voted for. (Which is why I can’t support him.) Notes that Lincoln suspended Habeus Corpus.
Question about strengthening the family and how is that the business of the federal government. Rick says welfare programs undermine the family (I agree with this.) Marriage tax penalty, etc. Talking about a bully pulpit to promote marriage. He says he authored the federal welfare reform bill. Wants to send entitlements back tot he states (not eliminate them). Says the states’ role is the welfare of its citizens.
Question about pro-life. Since constitution doesn’t speak to abortion, what would he do…he says he wants a constitutional right to life amendment.
Pam Bondi…talks about fighting unsustainable environmental policies coming from the EPA. What environmental regulations would he approve? He talks an awful lot but doesn’t actually answer questions.
I cannot stay tuned in to Rick Santorum. Still waiting for an answer.
He somehow says he’s going to force Congress to do something.
Scott Pruitt is asking about separation of powers…why. Rick correctly answers that it was to protect the rights of the states and the people.
Talks about president’s obligation to uphold the law re the Defense of Marriage Act. Rick says he’s glad Eric Holder’s Justice Department isn’t enforcing the law. WTF? You’re okay with lawbreaking if you don’t agree with the law? Whoa…
Amazing how many of these big-government Republicans have become born-again Constitutionalists.
Rick Perry is up next. I won’t be blogging his answers or Michelle Bachmann’s. I am using the Democrat-Controlled Media’s excuse for not covering them…they’re “unelectable.” Because I say so.
(Actually it’s because I’m blogging and spending time with family and I can’t do both effectively at the same time.)
Okay, I’m catching Rick Perry’s talk. The attorneys general seemed surprised that he would be willing to use Executive Orders to just eliminate any passed legislation he didn’t like.
Blah blah about securing borders, prayer in schools, education. Thinks education money should be spent by the states.
Favorite founding father = Madison because of the Federalist Papers.
Perry just scored big points by pulling out a copy of the Constitution. I have to give him props for that.
Michelle Bachmann is up.
Opponent of Obamacare…asked why States can’t pass individual mandates.
She doesn’t actually answer the question.
Ordered every insurance company in the U.S. to offer “morning after” pill and contraceptives.
Scott Pruitt asked the question again. She’s claiming Obamacare will trump the state statutes. (I think she’s wrong.)
Pam: you’ve pledged to deport all illegal aliens. How will you pay for it and execute it. Notes that it costs states $32 billion a year for all the illegals. She says ICE agents would have to enforce the laws. Says federal government would have to pay.
Tort reform question about federal government caps on state jury awards.
Bachmann supports federal interference in how states manage state lawsuits and jury awards. (IOW, she’s a big-government Republican on this issue.)
Bachmann is asked about eliminating the Dept. of Education. Will that be enough to get the federal government out of education. She says no…must also repeal federal education laws. I agree with her here.
Question about interstate pollution…makes a good point that there are 50 state EPAs.
Ken Cucinnelli seems amazed at her answer…and she’s not really making sense. He has tried several times to get this question answered…and fails. I hope Ron Paul gets this same question, but they don’t appear to be repeating questions.
Question about what is the worst Supreme Court decision of past 50 years. She says the Kelo vs New London decision on eminent domain. She talks about upholding private property rights.
Question re federal human life amendment. Why federal and not State? I don’t think she answered the question.
Next up, Ron Paul.
Ken: what are the 3 primary domestic responsibilities of the fed govt:
- Protecting the borders
- Sound currency
- Enforcing the Bill of Rights – property rights, freedom of speech.
Q: 1995 – Oklahoma City…you are opposed to the Patriot Act. What alternative do you have?
Ron: You can’t prevent all crimes and all criminal acts. You can’t put a camera in every home. Its not a lack of laws that is the problem. We don’t need a comprehensive law at the federal level. We ignore the one law on the federal level that terrorism is a crime, not a war. The Constitution is clear…violent crime is not the purview of the federal government. States have laws against murder, robbery, etc. Nationalization of law enforcement…100,000 federal agents carry guns. Problem isn’t lack of laws.
Pam Bondi seems pissed off when she asks about 9/11.
Ron Paul: What we have been told for 10 years is that they came here to kill us because we’re free and prosperous, and if we don’t understand their motivations we will never be safe.
Q: Liberals say the Republican approach to the economy means dirty air, etc. How do you counter that?
Ron Paul: The problem with federal regulations is that bankers write the bank regulations. Drug companies write the drug regulations. The free market is the best regulator, along with property rights. Enron was taken care of by free market and judiciary. Bad actors went to prison.
All federal government health care mandates are unconstitutional.
Can’t get rid of Medicare, etc., overnight. To save the country we have to cut. Would cut 5 departments, go back to 2006 budget. Ron Paul’s program allows people under 25 to opt out of Social Security. There’s no authority for the federal government to spend a penny on education.
He talks about his transition programs to get out of unconstitutional programs like Social Security, Medicare, etc.
Q: Of the Federal government, state government and People, which should have the most rights?
- The People
- The States
- Federal government (shouldn’t have much)
- International governments (should have least)
Q: Which amendments to the Constitution do you disagree with?
Prohibition – caused a lot of damage until it was repealed
Ron Paul: more concerned with not following the Constitution…doesn’t get too riled up about the current amendments (the Bill of Rights were amendments and they were pretty good.)
W: What one book should every American read?
Ron Paul: If you’re asking about a non-religious book, read “The Law” by Bastiat. Find out the moral principles behind the law. Find out why if stealing is wrong, and you can’t steal, then it’s not right to send a politician to steal on your behalf.
Whew. Live blogging is hard work. They all talk a lot faster than I type. I don’t know how Kevin does this.
Mittens Romneycare is up next, and starts by sucking up to the panel.
I want to like the man. I do. But I just don’t believe a single word that comes out of his mouth.
Now he’s talking about the wonders of Romneycare again.
Pam points out flip-flopping on education re No Child Left Behind. He talks about controlling federal teachers unions (I think he means national). Education should be at local level. Would he support school lunch programs, Pell grants, GI bill?
He waffles, does not commit. Says let the states do it.
Q: What does strict constructionist mean to you?
Like people who recognized it is their job to examine the constitution and federal laws as written.
Q: Given federal government’s complete failure to secure borders, what should Florida do?
He says he vetoed in-state tuition for illegals, and driver licenses for illegals.
Q: Federal role in labor laws?
A: Would not get rid of all federal labor laws. States should have right-to-work laws.
Yeah…turns out I’m pretty lame when it comes to live blogging.
Final statements….look for them on YouTube tomorrow…family calls again.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
The Democrat-Controlled-Media’s bias against GOP candidates who can beat Barack Hussein Obama is getting more apparent every day.
The most blatant recent example was the CBS/National Journal debate in South Carolina, where GOP Frontrunner Ron Paul was allowed to speak for only 89 seconds during the televised hour of the debate, receiving just one question. And Michelle Bachmann’s campaign was inadvertently copied on an email from CBS “News” prior to the debate, in which CBS “News” Political Director John Dickerson admitted that Michelle Bachmann “is not going to get many questions” in the debate (though she did get far more time than GOP Frontrunner Ron Paul).
This effort at media manipulation was so transparent that it became a story unto itself. The best exposé was probably this editorial in the New York Sun.
“A controversy has erupted over the fact that in the CBS debate on foreign policy Congressman Ron Paul got only 90 seconds….We’re not with Dr. Paul on all of his liberty campaign; as a general matter, he’s far too loath to levy the war on terror. But we have covered him on and off for more than 30 years and have come, even when we disagree with him, to respect him, particularly for his tendency to reach deep into the Constitution. He has done this on foreign policy in several important ways, starting with a bill he introduced in Congress within days of the outbreak of the war that erupted on September 11, 2001.
The bill was the first bid in generations to unleash one of the most important of the constitutional war powers, the letter of marque and reprisal, which is an instrument for bringing private parties into the war. The thinking that went into Dr. Paul’s bill deserves a hearing in any debate in which the GOP contenders are going to be grilled on foreign policy….”
The media blackout was even the topic of discussion the next morning on Fox News:
In an appearance with Greta van Susteren on Fox News, GOP Frontrunner Sarah Palin notes that Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum have all been the subject of media blackouts. And she also encourages GOP Frontrunner Ron Paul to keep educating Americans about economic issues:
I have a fantasy that involves Sarah Palin running as Ron Paul’s VP…because the Democrat-Controlled media would tear itself apart in an effort to destroy the ticket.
On the one hand, the Democrat-Controlled Media’s strategy to marginalize Ron Paul’s campaign demands that they downplay the huge crowds he draws at events, the fact that GOP Frontrunner Ron Paul is polling in the top 2 in Iowa and New Hampshire, the constant wins at straw polls, the fact that he’s #3 in fundraising among GOP candidates, and the #1 recipient of donations from active duty military.
However, we all know that the Democrat-Controlled Media is obsessively fascinated with Sarah Palin (remember the bus tour?), and is bent on destroying her. How could they give Sarah Palin enough coverage to destroy her, on the one hand, while simultaneously maintaining radio silence about the top of the ticket on the other?
The more I think about it, the more I love the idea of a Ron Paul/Sarah Palin ticket…
The GOP candidates who will be on the stage are:
- Michelle Bachmann (Theocrat, Tea Party candidate)
- Herman Cain (Tea Party candidate, CEO, Gospel Singer, Full of Awesome)
- Newt Gingrich (Establishment Cocktail Party Republican, but oh, so fun to watch when he gives the LSM the smackdowns they so richly deserve)
- John Huntsman (RINO, Obama Regime Plant, Disturbingly Life-Like Except When Speaking–See Mitt Romney)
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian, Budget-Cutter, Full of Awesome, kicked ass as governor of New Mexico)
- Ron Paul (Tea Party candidate, Full of Awesome, 10th Amendment Devotee, #1 in Active Duty Military Fundraising)
- Rick Perry (Establishment Cocktail Party Republican who occasionally goes slumming with the Tea Party)
- Mitt Romney (RINO, Annointed Media Darling, Epitome of Entitled Cocktail Party GOP, Disturbingly Life-Like–See John Huntsman)
- Rick Santorum (Big-Spending Theocrat who needs to go run an anti-abortion non-profit)
In an effort to provide the most fair and balanced debate possible, Fox News announced unique new debate rules today:
- Because “it’s his turn,” all questions will be directed to Mitt Romney. (However, half of those questions will accidentally be directed to John Huntsman, Mitt Romney’s animatronic stunt double.)
- Mitt Huntsman will have up to 30 minutes to respond to each question, with other candidates except Rick Perry allotted up to 10 seconds each for rebuttals, except for Ron Paul, who will get no time for rebuttals, and in fact, will not be allowed to speak at all, because “everybody knows he’s not ‘top tier.'”
- Rick Perry will have unlimited time for rebuttals whenever he’s fighting with Mitt Huntsman.
- All questions will be prefaced with the false choice, “Do you agree with Mitt Romney or Rick Perry about….” to subliminally emphasize their pretend “top tierness”
Las Vegas oddsmakers have laid the following odds for the debate:
- 10,000 to 1: All candidates get equal time
- 1 to 1: Viewer questions will be chosen to emphasize social issues and divide libertarians and Tea Party supporters from Establishment GOP voters
- 5,393 to 1: Michelle Bachmann will give Rick Perry a pass on Gardisil
- 1397 to 1: Herman Cain will answer a question about Islam by singing “Nearer My God To Thee”
- 1 to 1: Ron Paul will be asked NO questions about the Federal Reserve, sound money, the gold standard or the national debt, or any other economic topic about which he has written a book
- 1 to 1: Newt Gingrich will point out the obvious: the LSM is dead
- 50,000 to 1: Bret Baier will ask no “gotcha” questions about abortion
- 1 to 1: Mittens defends Romneycare; is identified as John Huntsman in the closed captioning
- 486 to 1: Gary Johnson will be asked, and given time to answer, an intelligent question about the War on Drugs or border control
- 15 to 1: A bug will develop in John Huntsman’s speech unit, requiring the White House to power him down and reboot him via remote control during a commercial break
- 3 to 1: No questions will be asked about Fast & Furious, Solyndra, or other Obama Regime scandals
I’ll be watching the debate on Fox News tonight at 9:00 p.m. Chime in with your comments.
Any of these candidates (with the exception of Mittens Romneycare and John Huntsman, who are not Republicans) would be a better president than Barack Hussein Obama, who is not a Muslim.
(Damn…and I went nearly a whole day without having to report myself to AttackWatch.)
DEBATE LIVE BLOGGING…
Shocking! Perry and Mittens get the first questions. Perry does well. Mittens deftly avoids answering the question and defining the word “rich.” God, he’s slimey.
Q: Michelle Bachmann is asked, “out of every dollar I earn, how much do I deserve to keep?” Great answer. She says everyone should be able to keep every dollar. AMEN.
Q: Santorum gets a “right to work” question. I watched it live, moments ago, and yet I still can’t remember what he said. I may have nodded off.
Q: Newt gets a question about unemployment. Newt thinks unemployment should be given in exchange for attending business-led job training. AMEN. Big applause. Newt wants all 50 states to experiment with this. People should never get money to stay at home and do nothing. Applause.
Q: The Huntsman Android gets a question about Solyndra and tax subsidies for alternative energy!!! He starts by sucking up to debate organizers. We’re 90 seconds in…still waiting for an answer… He’s advocating natural gas as a “bridge.” Time’s up. Huntsman flip-flops, says he would not subsidize alternative energy as he said back in June after all.
Herman Cain gets huge applause for his 9/9/9 plan. Q: Isn’t there a danger in having the income tax & sales tax at the same time? His answer is no–throw out entire current tax code & replace with 9/9/9 okab. Treat all businesses the same. Huge ovation for Herman! Crowd is showing the love.
Mittens Romneycare wants to help the people who have been most hurt. His plans says that middle income people get a tax break. Tepid applause. Weasel.
Video that got the most votes: How will 10th amendment be restored if you are elected President? Asked of Ron Paul. Ron Paul: I would veto every single bill that violates the 10th Amendment. Still has time left. Government has gotten totally out of control. There is no authority in Constitution to run schools, control economy, control individuals. He would restore constitutional government. HUGE OVATION.
Q for Gary Johnson: What makes Gary Johnson a better choice for libertarians than Ron Paul? Refuses to take Ron Paul-bashing bait. Talks about his history as governor of New Mexico. He vetoed more bills than all other governors combined. Advocates Fair Tax. BIG ovation for Fair Tax.
This seems to be a much bigger Tea Party crowd than was present at the Tea Party debate on CNN.
Message from Rick Scott.
Perry: Romney has been hammering you on your idea of turning Social Security over to the states. How will 50 separate systems work? Perry: people on SS and approaching SS have nothing to worry about. Not first time Mitt has been wrong. Perry–people should have option to go to state plans. In Mass. almost 90% of state employees aren’t in the SS system.
Romney: different than what Perry said in book & interviews. Seems petty. SS is responsibility of federal government. We’re gonna have 1 plan. Committed to keeping SS. RINO weasel answer. Perry sucks!
Perry responds: Mitt’s economic advisor talked about Romneycare…blah blah blah blah blah. Blah, blah, blah. Blah….blah. Romney sucks!
Complete waste of time. MOVE ON. NO ONE CARES.
Question for Romney: Is Obama a socialist? Romney: Weasel… weasel… joke… weasel… Never answers question. Obama’s a big-spending liberal. Takes inspiration from Europe. I believe in America. I believe in free enterprise and capitalism. Govt. is too big. I love this country. I spent my life in the private sector. Except when I was Governor Romneycare.
Question for Mittens. No, wait…that’s Huntsman. Crowd is silent. We need to create jobs…we need to fix economy…talking points…talking points…talking points. Golf applause.
One of top 10 questions: Q: If you were forced to eliminate one department from Fed government, which one and why.
Herman Cain: Will start with EPA and start all over. That makes some nervous. EPA has gone wild. Regulation goes into effect Jan. 1 to regulate DUST. Offers solution for Social Security. Chilean model. Been around 30 years and it works. 30 other countries have privatized. Don’t banter about what you call it. FIX IT. Crowd cheers.
Q: Every day Federal government brings in 6 billion dollars but spends 10. How can we slash spending by 40%.
Newt: The way you described the question, you can’t. It’s all hopeless, we may as well buy Greek bonds and go down together. Big applause from crowd. This month in the Reagan admin, we created 1.1 million new jobs. Under Obama we created ZERO. Went from 2.2 trillion deficit to 2 trillion surplus when he left office. We can do it. Big applause.
Q: School administrators focus more on teaching to test. What as president would you do about massive overreach of government into classroom.
Johnson: Promises to submit balanced budget that includes abolishing Fed Dept of Education. American doesn’t understand that it is a negative to take Fed money.
Santorum: Schools doing worse with Fed interference. Customer is parents. Schools don’t serve customers. Parents have been convinced they don’t have that responsibility.
Gingrich: Profound state reform. Get rid of Dept. of Education regulation. K-12 Pell grants direct to parents.
Ron Paul: If you care about your children you will get the federal government out of the business of educating them. Get the government out completely. Everyone hates No Child Left Behind. Tax credits for people who opt out. HUGE APPLAUSE.
Perry: Lots of good ideas up here. Promote school choice. Vouchers. Charters. Dig against Romney for being in favor of Obama race to the top.
Romney: Education has to be held at local & state. Smaller classroom size driven by teacher unions. Hire best and brightest to be teachers. Will stand up to NEA.
Q: Did Perry say something that wasn’t true? Romney: Sect of Education doing a good thing by saying teachers should be evaluated. Better than what Obama did. Crowd is silent.
Bachmann: got involved in politics because of foster kids. Repeal all federal laws re education. Send all money back to states and local.
Cain: Cut all federal programs…remove strings. Get federal government out of trying to educate kids.
Huntsman: I signed 2nd voucher bill in US. Worked on early childhood literacy. Cut unfunded mandates. Localize. Tepid golf applause.
Q: Would you support each state enforcing immigration laws if federal government doesn’t?
Bachmann: Reprehensible that Obama has sued Arizona for trying to protect the people of Arizona. Would uphold sovereignty of USA. Build a fence along entire southern border & secure it, and enforce laws on books. Not allow taxpayer funded benefits for illegals or their kids.
Q: US workers have to compete with illegal aliens. Do you support E-Verify? Do you support penalties against employers who don’t?
Newt: Outsource E-Verify to American Express, Mastercard or Visa…they know how to run something like that. Easy as swiping card. Favor 100% control of border. English as language of government (huge applause). Modernize legal immigration.
Q: About illegal aliens and in-state tuition. Romney: in-state tuition for illegals is wrong. Costs $22,000 a year per student in Texas. Crowd applause. Repeats other GOP immigration talking points. Applause.
Q for Perry: You’re the candidate whose name came up most often about immigration. You have not tried to stop the illegals from coming. Are you going to exert an effort to stop the abuse of US citizens by illegals. 16,000 illegals’ children took advantage of in-state tuition in Texas.
Perry: No one on this stage has spent more on border security than me. Texas Ranger recon teams there now. Joined AZ in suit against Feds. Kids in Texas brought there by no fault of their own. Must educate them or they will become a drag on our economy. LOTS OF BOOS!
Q: Is Perry soft on illegal immigration?
Santorum: Perry is saying that unless we subsidize illegals’ kids, they can’t go. We’re saying they can go. They have to borrow money like anyone else. Don’t give them special treatment. Perry weak on border security.
Perry: Put the boots on the ground. Aviation assets.
Scuffle between Santorum & Perry. Crowd is turning on Perry.
Q: to Ron Paul on border fence. Do you know a lot of Americans who want to take their money out of the country? Ron Paul: There are trillions of $ overseas already because of tax policy. When countries destroy a currency, it leads to capital control and people control. Databanks…leads to national ID card. Attack BENEFITS for illegals–they are a magnet. No welfare, no in-state-tuition, no free healthcare (big ovation). That will solve immigration problem–illegals will have no reason to come here. Don’t ignore fact that in tough economic times, people and money want to leave the country. More applause.
Google poll: majority (47%) want to eliminate Department of Education.
Q: How would you approach middle East with threats from Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Authority.
Romney: President all wrong to apologize for America. Stand shoulder to shoulder with allies. Don’t negotiate for Israel. Support and defend Israel. Unacceptable for Iran to become nuclear nation.
Q: How would you respond to unilateral declaration of Palestinian state?
Herman Cain: Peace through strength and clarity. Met with Dept. Prime Minister of Israel. Israel will defend itself. DPM wasn’t sure how Obama Regime stood with Israel. If you mess with Israel, you are messing with U.S. If it was clear where U.S. stood they might have had second thoughts.
Q: About Pakistan–what if there were a coup. Build a relationship in region. To have a relationship with India. Know they are an ally with the U.S. Had chance to sell India upgraded F-16s. Allies must know we are their friends. Today we don’t have allies in the region.
Santorum: would keep U.S. troops in Iraq & Afghanistan until national security objective met. Work in concert with allies in region.
Q: Foreign aid: top question. When are we going to get someone in the White House and tell other countries they aren’t getting money from us anymore?
Gingrich: Couple of good reasons to review foreign aid. Encourage American jobs that make US and other country wealthier. Don’t give government to government money. Why give money to countries that vote against us in U.N.? May be 100+ nukes in Pakistan.
Q: Charter flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Cuba have resumed. How do you feel about that?
Gary Johnson: Biggest threat to national security is that WE’RE BANKRUPT. Trade promotes friendship. Establish those kinds of flights.
Michelle wants to weigh in. Michelle: State Dept’s website, 4 nations are state sponsors of terror. Cuba is one. We shouldn’t go there.
Huntsman: Difference of opinion on Foreign Policy. We must fix our core…blah blah blah. Bring home troops from Afghanistan. Polite applause. Yawn.
Santorum: Just because economy is sick doesn’t mean our country is sick. We should be fighting wars to win, not for politics.
Huntsman. Only Pakistan can save Pakistan. Only Afghanistan can save Afghanistan. America must save America. Good lord, I actually agree with the Hunstman animatronic. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Q: What is the limit of government injecting religion.
Michelle: We believe in freedom of conscience. Foundational principle. Shouldn’t prevent people from expressing personal beliefs.
Q from soldier in Iraq: In 2010, I had to lie about being gay. Do you intend to circumvent progress made by gay and lesbian service people.
Santorum: Sex has no place in military. DADT removal injects social policy into military. Should only be about national defense. Going forward, would reinstate DADT. Sex should not be an issue. Keep to yourself whether gay or straight.
Q for Ron Paul: if you believe life begins at conception, how do you support abortion for rape, incest, use of morning after pill in those cases?
Ron Paul: This should be a state issue. If someone is treated 24 hours after a rape, you have no way of knowing if she’s even pregnant. How will you police the day after pill? No one can outdo me on respect for life. The law doesn’t solve the problem. Only the moral character of the people will solve this problem, not the law. HUGE applause.
Q: Bad blood between Perry and George W. Bush. Perry: highly respects GWB. Differences in various issues.
Yawn. Who cares. Non-issue.
Herman Cain gets lovely applause for surviving Stage 4 colon and liver cancer.
Herman Cain: I would be dead under Obamacare. March 2006 was detected. Got all the tests, CAT scans, surgery, chemo, tests, and was cured in 9 months. Under Obamacare I would have died waiting for treatment. Treatment based on MY timetable not bureaucrat’s timetable. I had 30% chance of survival. Big ovation.
Q: Huntsman gets top question on heathcare from college kid who wants to stay on mommy & daddy’s insurance until he’s 26. I think of my daughter who has diabetes. Obamacare creating uncertainty. Let states experiment to find solutions. Do what we did in Utah. We don’t have affordable policies. Doesn’t answer question. Virtually no crowd response.
Gardisil question for Michelle Bachmann: You said it could cause retardation and other side effects. Do you stand by statement. Michelle denies making statement–was repeating what a mom told her. Michelle says issue is Perry mandating shot for 12-year-old girls for STD. Perry gave parental rights to a drug company. Problem was cronyism. Applause.
Perry: I got lobbied by 31-year-old to had stage 4 cervical cancer. Admits should have had opt in. Erred on the side of life. Will always err on side of life. Some applause but a LOT of boos.
Q for Perry: Texas has 25% uninsured residents. Feds treat TX like all other big states. TX has imposed toughest eligibility. Rank 49th in Medicaid coverage.
Perry: disagrees with analysis. Has tried to get waiver from Feds for years.
Q for Romney–Perry says we shouldn’t nominate Obama Lite (Romney).
Romney responds. Blah, blah, blah. Romneycare is good and bad. Different from Obamacare.
Perry: Americans just don’t know which Mitt they’re dealing with. 2nd Amendment, social programs, abortion, race to the top, Obamacare. Wait till tomorrow to see which one we’re talking to. Romney sucks! Tepid applause.
Romney. BLAH. Blah. Blah. Blah! No, you suck! Tepid applause.
Another useless catfight that tells us nothing.
MOVE ON, CHRIS!
Q: Obama promised Hope & Change. How will you turn this country around?
Huntsman: Human tragedy. Tax reform. Regulatory reform. Energy independence.
Herman Cain: Economic growth. 9/9/9 plan. LEADERSHIP. American people will develop confidence. Reagan. We were a shining city on a hill. We have slid down. Need leader to build back up.
Michelle Bachmann: Reach for brass ring of liberty. #1 reason no hiring = Obamacare. Will repeal.
Romney: Blah blah blah blah. Tough times. Blah blah. We’re patriotic. Blah. Out of time.
Perry: Americans want a leader in job creation. Kill Obamacare and job-killing regs. Lower tax rates. Make US energy independent.
Paul: Government destroys jobs, market creates them. Understand where business cycle comes from, how Federal Reserve has destroyed economy. Has warned for 20 years. Get rid of government interference & let free market work. HUGE ovation.
Gingrich: 32 years ago we were in same place. A leader came along. When your brother in law is unemployed it’s a recession. When you lose your job it’s a depression. Then Jimmy Carter loses his job, it’s a recovery. Barack Obama’s losing decisively will turn around economy.
Santorum: Reagan’s farewell address….blah blah.
I nodded off again.
Gary Johnson: My next door neighbor’s 2 dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this president. Biggest ovation of night. Balance budget NOW. Not 10 years from now or 20 years from now. Throw out entire federal tax system and replace with Fair Tax. Huge ovation.
Q: Who would you choose as your VP among the others on stage?
Johnson: Ron Paul. The notion that this country is about liberty and freedom. Facing extraordinary crisis. Must face now, or we will be left with nothing. We must avoid it by acting NOW.
Santrorum: Newt. I agree with him more.
Gingrich: I have no idea. Won’t play this game show. What I do know–someone capable of being president. I won’t hurt any of their feelings by choosing one.
Ron Paul: I don’t plan to make a choice at the moment. I’m in 3rd place in national poll. As soon as I’m in top 2 I will start thinking about it. Too early right now.
Perry: Staying with game show idea. Herman Cain & Newt Gingrich’s love child. Applause.
Romney: Will have hard time getting that image out of my head. That & dogs. If you pick a VP you have to give a lot of thought. These people would all be better than what we have now.
Romney: We all have problems. Gov. Perry & I disagree. We all agree Obama needs to be former Pres. Obama.
Bachmann: Strong constitutional conservative. Every 4 years we are told we have to settle. I don’t think that’s true. Obama has lowest public approval of any in modern time. Choose conservatives.
Cain: This is a game. It’s hypothetical. I’ll play. If governor Romney would throw out his plan, he has a shot. I would otherwise go with Speaker Gingrich.
Huntsman: Romney & Perry won’t be around, will bludgeon each other to death. Herman Cain because of his selection of ties and 9/9/9. Shakes Herman’s hand.
Did you watch the GOP debate?
What’s your reaction?
Were the questions fair? Were they equally distributed?
Who surprised you?
How can you tell the difference between Mitt Huntsman and John Romney?
Chris Wallace is mad…..and he has a right to be. I think he is one of the most “fair and balanced” hosts around but the White House refused to allow anyone from the administration to sit down with Mr. Wallace and talk about Libya. Scaredy cats.
What a bunch of idiots.
If you can watch Greta on FOX tonight, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be on the show.
Please use this thread to fill us all in on what they talk about. I’m guessing it will involve the Mirror Ball Trophy in some way.
According to Malkin, Bobby Rush has told FOX News that not seating Senator Burris was RACIST!, and that if Burris wasn’t black, he would have been seated.
Harry Reid and Senate Democrats are, thus, RACISTS!
Normally, we’d be all over Rush’s case for this, the way we were whenever the Obama campaign and its surrogates cried RACISM! RACISM! RACISM! as a weapon during the campaign, against the Clintons and McCain/Palin, at every available opportunity.
But, and it really is an Oprah-sized butt here, growing increasingly large every day (like its namesake), Rush is actually close to the truth with Reid — who is on Patrick Fitzgerald’s taped conversations with Rod Blagojevich telling the Governor of Illinois NOT to appoint a black replacement for Obama in the Senate. Reid claims this is because a black replacement won’t win re-election in Illinois when 2010 rolls around…so Reid’s not doing this out of any desire to lash out at the black community, but instead because strategically he wants to hold onto the Illinois seat and personally believes no black candidate can do that.
So, technically, Reid’s not a RACIST!, so much as he’s a bumbling idiot who runs his mouth, and who still has not addressed the directive he made to Blagojevich ordering him to not appoint a black replacement for Obama. In interviews, Reid and his surrogates NEVER explain what he REALLY meant…instead they just attack Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat. That’s the oldest trick in the interview books: when asked a question, just ignore it and talk about something else instead. No one on TV will call you out on it. Try it the next time you are interviewed for something.
If you watch TV interviews, pay attention to the interviewer. She or he will ask a guest a question, concentrating on whatever was practiced in advance. Then, the interviewer pauses and lets the guest respond. Instead of listening to what that person is saying, the interviewer is focusing on getting the next question out. Especially in short segments, where the interviewer practiced three questions to ask, and wants to get to all three, without leaving room for a follow up question if the guest dodges whatever was asked originally.
We learned to do this about midway through the campaign this year. Whenever we went to an event where we knew media would be present, we had three prepared sound bites we practiced ahead of time, and no matter what we were asked, we said one of those three things. Sure enough, even though we dodged the original question, the sound bites always made it on the air or in print, and no one ever called us out for not answering whatever we were asked.
And Reid is not going ANYWHERE NEAR answering questions about his directive to not replace Obama with another black Senator.
Normally, we address race-baiting and cries of RACISM! RACISM! RACISM! with shots of hunky guys frolicking in their underwear, since ridiculous false charges of RACISM! can only be countered with equally ridiculous instances of gratuitous beefcake — but Rush has a point, so instead we’ll throw this bit of gratuitous fun at Reid (and the enabling media) for refusing to explain the seemingly bigoted conversation between Reid and Blagojevich.
So, take this, Harry Reid:
Maybe an apple a day can chase some of your stupid away (not that we think for a minute there’s enough apples to ever make you a competent, capable, sensible, pragmatic, or effective and functional member of the public, let alone a decent Majority Leader in the Senate).