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Friday, May 04, 2007

The Republican Presidential Debate Open Thread

Did you watch the Republican Presidential Debate tonight? What did you think? Who looked good? Who looked bad?


Anonymous jim adams said...

The Republicans may have made a mistake by addressing Mrs.
Clinton at this point in time. They could be making her the absolute front runner for the Democrats, instead of allowing the Dems to do more internal fighting and waste their resources before the primary.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As much as I hate to admit it, Romney looked the sharpest.

It was good to see McCain with some of his fire back, but the comment about Osama was a bit disturbing.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Byron Macfarlane said...

I thought Romney probably did the best. Watching McCain is awful... he's become this packaged, scripted, bizarre hack, and I think he's faltered miserably through the beginning of this campaign. Guiliani I thought looked pretty good... it was obvious he was trying to duck a few tough questions, but eventually he came out and fessed up to backing embryonic stem cell research and public funding for abortions. I agree with Jim--I was actually very surprised they took the question about Bill to attack Hillary--certainly made it obvious they're afraid of her and that they don't mind bashing a woman relentlessly. No Mike Gravel moments--sadly.

As for anonymous' comment--saying he'll follow Osama bin Laden to "the gates of hell" and then awkwardly grinning was VERY disturbing.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no Reagan in the crowd.
Mitt Romney did look pretty sharp.
Where did some of these questions come from like evolution, difference between Shite and Sunni, what you dislike about America, etc?
Bush has his exit strategy which includes a plane ticket to Crawford and leaving the next President with the problems in Iraq.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: Hillary Clinton

The Republicans had nothing to do with bringing up Hillary. If you recall from the debate, Chris Matthews, asked them what they thought of having Bill Clinton back in the White House.

To their credit, the candidates laughed in his face when he asked that and Romney said "You have got to be kidding me!"

It was such a stupid question. Of course none of the Republicans would be happy about having Bill Clinton in the White House...because it would mean Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, beat them in the election.

If you've followed Chris Matthews over the years, he has a weird obsession with Bill and his sex life and has often used gender based insults against Hillary.

How else, other than attacking Hillary, were the candidates supposed to respond to this question? Thank you, again, Chris Matthews for providing a forum for trash her.

Even more pitiful was that he made each candidate answer this question and transitioned to his next question like this:

"Let me start with [another] question. In all seriousness, if you want to pass, please pass it. We don't have much time."

Ha Ha...we had all the time in the world to trash Bill and Hillary!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Byron Macfarlane said...

The conservative base, I'm sure, loved the Hillary-trashing, but these jokers better watch how vicious they are with her--all of those independent voters, swing voters, and oh, say, single women aren't going to respond well to personal attacks on the first legitimate female presidential candidate in history. My guess? Republicans are discipled... usually. When it comes to Hillary, they're going to go so over the top that voters will be utterly disgusted.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess? Republicans are discipled... usually. When it comes to Hillary, they're going to go so over the top that voters will be utterly disgusted.

Nope...the candidates won't have to go over the top trashing Hillary -- the mainstream press will take care of that for them.

Sure the Republican might put out a press release of some sort (a la "Al Gore said he invented the internet"), but those stories only get wheels when people like Chris Matthews, the NY Times, Fox News, and the rest of the millionaire pundit class get a hold of them.

12:23 AM  

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