I watched the debate Thursday night, and you can see my immediate, as it happened remarks in my post, “The Debate In As “Real-Time,” A Wife, Visiting Relatives, And Two Dogs Allows,” at:
Here is my condensed version and observations:
If life were fair, Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann would be doing much better than they are. I understand the reluctance to back Bachmann, I stopped backing her because she claimed, among other things, that God was sending recent natural disasters killing people all around the world as a warning.
Santorum, to my knowledge, hasn’t made any such self destructive statements, and believes with a passion what he says, he just doesn’t seem to project any passion himself. It’s shame, he would probably do well, and is undeniable for a strong America.
Gingrich, as usual, was the smartest person in the room, but, as obama, has an arrogance befitting a know-it-all professor, and, like obama, is an admitted progressive. He goes so far as to call himelf “Wilsonian” in his beliefs. That, in and of itself, should scare the bejesus out of anyone. Gingrich loves big government, because he belives, like obama, that he is special enough to make it work.
Perry proved much more appealing, throwing a Tebow-style Hail Mary pass. He seemed more relaxed, even enjoying himself. He defended his policies, state, and tenth-amendment state-of-mind, well. He did himself the most good of any of the others, who did as expected in their own box.
Romney was Romney. Slick, polished, bending with the wind and justifying his being all over both sides of all issues. Expected nothing less, received nothing more.
Paul was his Constitutional self. He makes a great deal of sense on many issues, and then becomes the most dangerous man around when he claims he expects the Iranians to react in the same way to Mutually Assured Destruction as the Russians decades ago. He can’t see, apparently with the same type of blind spot as obamas government, that Islamist terrorists don’t play by the rules. They live to die, taking others with them. Threatening them with Mutually Assured Destruction is absurd, they would die in a second taking us with them. Paul is scarily sophomoric. He makes a moral and ethical comparison to the Israelis having nukes, “Israel has 300 of ‘em,” to Iran being able to have them! He may be a Constitutional Patriot, but on some issues, he is truly delusional.
Huntsman is only there to help obama by splitting the vote, speaks in obama style platitudes and says nothing. Looks good doing it.
Thoughts on the recent GOP debate.
Ron Paul: Love his wanting to stick it to the Federal Reserve. Everything else he says is enough to have him committed. He actually compared China, Russia, Pakistan and India, and, by extension, every nuclear nation, with Iran, pleading for Iran to be allowed to have a nuke. He studiously avoided the facts, like the fact that Iran is actively at war with the world, funding terrorists all over the world, (at the moment Iranian snipers are in Syria killing protesters. Not that they don’t deserve it, I have no sympathy for a single Syrian subject). He might make sense, if he could get every other country to bring their soldiers home, also. Pollyanna, will destroy America.
Rick Santorum: I was raised a Catholic. Went to Catholic school up to the twelfth grade. I don’t want to live in Catholic school. Religious zealot.
Tim Pawlenty: A joke, never wanted the job, obviously doesn’t understand Congressional politics, or wouldn’t have made a fool of himself demanding that one person sticking by their Conservative principles but not getting communists progressives on other side of the aisle to follow can’t be a leader. Claimed to be THE Leader, and drops out after a respectable third place finish, with the second place being “gamed” by Paul with his bused-in college crowds, who never actually vote in elections. If T-Paw, (the most infantile attempt to be hip I have EVER heard), who actually came in second, (Pauls votes just don’t count, not serious), can’t stay in and fight after the FIRST contest, he is NO LEADER, he is a coward, afraid to stand up and fight for what he believes.
Newt Gingrich: Great ideas, but sitting on the couch with San Fran Nan removed him forever from any higher office, at least from the right. Attacking the media for repeating his words is ignorant. Either defend what you say, or apologize and admit mistakes. He went on to defend, but, after whining like a little girl, he looked anything but presidential. He had a good answer, but blew it.
Mitt Romney: obama
Michelle Bachman: courageous fighter, principled, America first outlook. America would benefit from her leadership.
Herman Cain: not a political bone in his body, capitalist at his best. Exactly what America needs going forward against our financial problems. Not egocentric, knows how to seek out information from experts and put it to good use. America would benefit from his leadership.
Jon Huntsman: WHO? He is obama’s candidate, in the race to split the vote at obama’s behest.
All candidates positions listed can be found at, “ontheissues.org”