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Oh boy, my head hurts from watching last night's debate. Why does it still hurt almost 24 hours later? Well, I was cleaning my house today and realized that the candidates' voices were filtering into my brain again. Horror upon horror, CNN was showing the debates yet again! So I actually ended up watching (or listening) to the debates twice. My only consolation was that I got to watch Anderson in the afternoon!
BTW, special shout-out for the Young Republican tie! You know I was happy that he wore it once. I was over the moon that he wore it twice in a row! Okay, that ends the only squee in this post!
Here are my thoughts on the CNN Republican Debate in no particular order. Please note that the debate transcripts are courtesy of CNN/LA TIMES / POLITICO REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE
Cutest moment of the night:
Anderson Cooper with Nancy Reagan in the beginning moments of the debate.
Second cutest moment:
Anderson Cooper afraid to touch President Reagan's journal.
Worst moment of the night:
John McCain and Mitt Romney making faces at each other's answers like they were in grade school. Let's face it, my daughter acts more mature than the major presidential candidates. Isn't that special?
Worst John McCain answer of the night:
COOPER: Senator McCain, are Americans better off than they were eight years ago?
MCCAIN: I think you could argue that Americans overall are better off, because we have had a pretty good prosperous time, with low unemployment and low inflation and a lot of good things have happened. A lot of jobs have been created.
But let's have some straight talk. Things are tough right now. Americans are uncertain about this housing crisis. Americans are uncertain about the economy, as we see the stock market bounce up and down, but more importantly, the economy particularly in some parts of the country, state of Michigan, Governor Romney and I campaigned, not to my success, I might add, and other parts of the country are probably better off. But I think what we're trying to do to fix this economy is important. We've got to address the housing, subprime housing problem. We need to, obviously, have this package go through the Congress as quickly as possible. We need to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, which I voted for twice to do so. I think we need to eliminate the alternate minimum tax that sits out there and challenges 25 million American families.
COOPER: It sounds like that we're not better off is what you're saying. (my editorial here: ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, ANDERSON! THANK YOU!)
Worst Mitt Romney answer of the night : (Note, this one actually made me scream obscenities at the TV!)
Peggy Noonan, President Bush's former -- excuse me, President Reagan's former speechwriter, recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal, and I quote, "George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart,and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size ofgovernment, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration, and other issues."Is the Republican Party better off than it was eight years ago?
ROMNEY: I don't think we would say it's better off than it was eight years ago, to be truthful. I think the eight years that you've seen -- and I don't blame that on President Bush. I blame that on Washington...He (Bush) was hit by something which completely took his agenda off course, and that was the Iraq conflict and the attack of 9/11, and Afghanistan. All these things came together. He did something for our party that was important to do, which is to show that when someone attacks America, there will be consequences. And he kept us safe these last six years. And...
Best Ron Paul answer of the night:
MR. VANDEHEI: Congressman Paul, this comes from Jay Majundar (sp) from Roswell, Georgia, and he wants to know if you agree with Senator McCain's statement that the United States might need to have U.S. troops in Iraq for as long as even a hundred years.
REP. PAUL: I don't even think they should have gone, so -- (laughs, laughter) -- keeping them for a hundred years, where's the money going to come from? (Cheers, applause.)
You know, the country's in bankruptcy, and when I listen to this argument, I mean, I find it rather silly because they're arguing technicalities of a policy they both agree with. They agreed going in, they agreed for staying, agreed for staying how many years, and these are technicalities. We should be debating foreign policy, whether we should have interventionism or non-interventionism, whether we should be defending this country or whether we should be the policeman of the world, whether we should be, you know, running our empire or not and how are we going to have guns and butter. You know, the '70s were horrible because we paid for the guns and butters of the '60s.
Now we're doing the same thing, and nobody even seems to care. The dollar's crashing, and you're talking about these technicalities, about who said what, when? (Cheers, applause.)I mean, in -- in 1952, we Republicans were elected to stop the war in Korea. In 1968, we were elected to stop the war in Vietnam. And tragically -- we didn't stop it very fast -- 30,000 more men died.
So when I talk about these long-term stays, I think, how many men are you willing to let die for this, for something that has nothing to do with our national security?
There were no al Qaeda there. Had nothing to do with 9/11. And there was no threat to our national security. They never committed aggression. It's unconstitutional. It's an undeclared war. And we have these silly arguments going on about who said what when.
Best Mike Huckabee answer of the night:
MR. COOPER: Governor Huckabee, the idea of 100-year involvement of the U.S. -- the idea of a 100-year involvement by the U.S. in Iraq?
MR. HUCKABEE: Well, first of all, I didn't come here to umpire a ball game between these two. (Laughter.) I came here to get a chance to swing at a few myself. So I'd appreciate maybe a question that we could talk about that would involve some of us down here at the end who have been left out of the discussion for the last few minutes.
Okay, so there's my post-debate analysis. Shorter than what you get on CNN but hey, it's honest! Notice I didn't give best answers of the night for either Romney or McCain. Why? Because there were none. Truthful
ly, these two grown men acted like a bunch of kids fighting in the sandbox.
When Mitt Romney said that Bush had the Iraq War "thrown at him" all I could think of was that these morons actually do believe that line of B.S. Seriously, that is just insulting to the citizens of the United States of America. That line of crap plays to about 30% of this country. It ain't gonna get you any votes. Even my mother knows Bush and Co. planned that little diddy themselves!
One fun note about the debate brought to you by the New York Times. The NYT actually counted how many times President Reagan's name was used last night. (click title for full text)
One Word: Reagan
by: Kate Phillips
Now, it was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., so a few mentions of the president’s name would be natural. But the popular G.O.P. figure’s surname was invoked 53 times and his full name 28 times (these categories may not be mutually exclusive).
Using Reagan alone, Mitt Romney led the pack with 19; John McCain with 12; the moderator Anderson Cooper at 11; Mike Huckabee 8; and Ron Paul 3.
Alright, I'll stop talking about politics now. I need to conserve my energy. The Democrats are set to debate in 45 minutes and I know I'll be yelling at my TV yet again!
I hope you have a wonderful evening. And don't forget to set your DVR/VCR/TiVo for Regis & Kelly tomorrow morning. Check your local listings! ~Sheryn