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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

YouTube Democratic Primary Debate

What did you think of the YouTube/CNN Democratic Primary Debate?

Which candidate impressed you the most? Which candidate had the best YouTube clip? (Each candidate sumbitted their own YouTube clip to show.) What did you think of the format? Which question was the best? Which question was the weirdest?

I thought this was the best candidate YouTube clip:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, good clip. I also really like Hillary's theme song. Great marketing, these.

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...

I actually thought that was the worst YouTube video of all. I understand his point, but Edwards' haircuts and their costs have single-handedly destroyed his presidential campaign...why he would even refer to them and remind people of them at all is mind boggling to me....

7:18 AM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

Dave, you thinking like a republican, relax, and read on.

Attack the problem head on, don't stick you head in a hole and think no one notices, have fun with it and everyone one will not take it serious. A short time afterwards you have the chance to remind the voters of the real problems and offer real solutions.

I thought the worse YouTube was the
Snowman, I don't like snow jobs, I like the straight truth.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Rogaine said...

If anybody has an expensive haircut, it’s Laura Bush. She has paid $700 for a mop chop in the past. Of course, the fact that her husband has traded the lives of American soldiers for oil is more of a concern to me than anyone’s haircut. But hey, whatever helps Republicans get to sleep at night.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...


8:42 PM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...

To Jim,

Is it completely fair? No. Does Edwards have a point that media focuses too much on his expensive haircuts? Yes. But that us the way politics works in this day and age. Edwards caused himself the problems he is having when he went out and spent this amount of money for a simple haircut (in case of the $400 haircuts, it was actual campaign donations that he used for the haircuts) at the same time he is bemoaning poverty in the United States. He basically ended up stepping all over his own message with these expensive haircuts and rendering his entire presidential campaign impotent. Do you disagree?

So why he would continue to bring it up in every email he sends and in this video is somewhat confusing to me. But from my point of view, I never thought he had much of a chance against Hillary anyway (especially in recent months), so maybe it is that he just doesn't care at this point....

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your reaction to "traded Amercian lives for oil" is 'zzz'?

Hope this was an uncharacteristic oversight.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

anonymous 5:37, Dave, like all of us has his faults, but he is not one to disrespect our soldiers. He knows they are just obeying orders. He is commenting on the effect of Laura Bush's costly haircut.

Dave, Edwards is turning lemons into lemonade, you know that. What you may have forgotten is the value of having your name mentioned over and over.

Colonel Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, said it best. "Son don't worry about what they say, as long as the say your name correctly".

Dave, are you going to watch the Republican debates, if so I hope you post to your site your thoughts on the Republican candidates, and by the way who is your favorite at this time.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...


Yes, that is my response. The statement that Bush is "trading American lives for oil" is just more unthinking Bush-hatred rhetoric and wasn't even worth a legitimate response. I'm surprised you didn't throw in a Bush=Hitler comparison as well. So I repeat...Zzzzz


No favorite for me in the Republican field right now. I have provided analysis of previous GOP debates and my opinions of their performances, both good and bad, and will do so in the future.

As far as Edwards goes, let's not forget when the $400 haircut story first appeared, Edwards first tried to claim he was unaware that his haircuts cost so much (which was later found out to be not true by The Washington Post since he was part of the negotiation on the price) and also tried to claim he didn't even know the name of the barber (which again was proven to be not true when The Post had an article about the barber and his close relationship with Edwards). In fact, it was his intial attempts to pretend he didn't know about the haircut cost that caused the Post to do some digging and find out that he spent $1200 for a haircut during the 2004 campaign

So to suggest he took the haircut issue head on is a little misleading since he first tried to ignore it or brush it off...again, I look at trhis stuff from a purely poltiical point of view and these haircuts have compeltely stepped all over and destroyed Edwards' "anti-poverty" campaign, no matter how noble it might be.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

Dave, thanks for all the detail. I am going to say that I hope Edwards wasn't lying, just suffering from the "dear in the headlight syndrome "when questioned by the press. Character is important to me.

I think he does care, and my gut feeling is he is looking at the V.P. position. He was very patronizing to Hilliary in the debates.

Your anti-poverty point of view is different then mine. The hair cuts will have no influence. It is also my feeling that the rich, upper class will do more for the poor, it makes them a hero, gets rid of their guilt, and gives them more votes, and they can do it at the expense of the middle class.
The middle class wants to hold on to what it has, and so they will be a little more stingy with what they have.

Edward's campaign against poverty is alive and well, even if only by a hair - cut.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need a stint in Iraq, Dave. From where you are sitting, it's incredibly disrespectful not only to those serving, but their families. Man, if this is who you are, what an eye-opener.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 12:47- Wissing is nothing more than a Republican apologist, and I am sure even he would agree with that assessment. The fact that he is more concerned with a Democrat’s (or DemocRat, as they say on his blog) haircut than the morality of the war in Iraq speaks for itself.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...


I don't think Edwards is angling for a VP slot because I don't think he would want to do that again. I think he knows he really has no shot at getting the nomination at this point and sees himself growing into the mold of Al Gore after the race by taking on a single issue the way Gore has taken on "global warming". Just my hunch.

Maybe we will just have to disagree about the effect of the haircut, I think it has pretty much tied his campaign into knots and killed it since it step all over his anti-poverty message. Anyway, regardless of Edwards' haircuts, Hillary basically has the nomination wrapped up at this point anyway.

And to anonymous...thanks for reading! :)

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To contrast Dave's "ZZZ" comments with American GI sleeping conditions in Iraq:

12:42 PM  
Anonymous jim adams said...

Dave, I am waiting until Iowa, before I come to any conclusions about Clinton.

But tonight I am going to get a hair cut, even though I am not running for office.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Dave Wissing said...

Anon 11:42am,

Great site. Many Americans don't appreciate enough what our brave soldiers deal with on a daily basis.

1:16 PM  
Blogger RTA said...

Can't we do better than Hillary?
Unless the Republicans get back to their core values, it is very likely that the Dems will win the White House in 2008.

5:48 PM  

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