November 10, 2011

As much as I detest most of the clowns on CNBC (Larry Kudlow and Rick Santelli excluded, of course), that was a pretty damned good and entertaining debate last night. Sure, co-moderator Maria Bartiromo was her typical innane, boorish, and arrogant self (no need to change character simply because you’re moderating a GOP debate!); she nevertheless surprised me with her uncanny ability to combine those qualities with a sneering hostility to anyone who dared push back on the so-called “substance” of her questions. She’s a just a miserable, nasty witch. And Jim Cramer is just an pompous boob.

That being said, the big news, of course, was Texas Governor Rick Perry single-handedly torpedoing his presidential campain with one of the most memorable gaffes of any presidential debate I can recall. Sure, Jimmy Carter took advice on “nukear proliferation” from his daughter Amy, and Gerald Ford said that Eastern Europe in 1976 wasn’t dominated by the Soviet Union, but dude, if you’re going to go on national television to tell thousands of federal government employees you plan on tossing them to the unemployment rolls after becoming President you ought to at least be able to remember the departments they work for. Look, anyone who has done any kind of public speaking (including yours truly) has had that uncomfortable “brain fart” moment, but you don’t do it during a presidential debate, and you sure as hell don’t do it when you’ve already raised suspicions from prior debates that you have problems up on a stage with millions of people watching. I mean, if you can’t effectively debate the likes of Rick Santorum or Jon Huntsman, how on God’s green earth are you going to share a stage with the likes of Barack Obama?

Back to grading the debate. The winners? I’m with NRO’s Rich Lowry – it was Romney and Gingrich, easily.

1. Mitt Romney. He has yet to turn in a bad debate no matter what people have tossed at him. Tonight he was a little more laid-back, and I like the fact that he answered all of the questions posed to him and invoked the misery of Barack Obama’s presdiency at every possible turn. I still don’t trust him, but I’d vote for him over Barack Obama (which, BTW, is not saying much – I’d vote for Joe Paterno before I’d vote for the Golfer- and Vacationer-in-Chief – and believe me, that ain’t saying much!).

(BTW, good riddance to old, decrepit, despicable child molester protector Joe. Your old sorry ass should have been put out to pasture years ago. I despise frauds, and Paterno was a fraud of the first degree.)

But I digress…

2. Newt Gingrich. Substantive as always, his jibe at the Occupy Wall Street protesters and his answer on the student-load question were, as usual, right on target. I do think it’s time for him to lose a little bit of that chip on his shoulder towards the media, or at least bring a little more humor and self-deprecation into his stage presence. But he did himself good last night, that’s for sure. If he were ever chosen as the GOP candidate I’m not sure he’d win, but he’d beat Barack Obama like a drum in any debate the two of them would have. It would be the equivalent of Henry Adams debating a hamster.

3. Michele Bachmann. I think her ship has long since left the port, but she answered the questions posed to her directly, factually, and with a bit of a twist different from everyone else up there. Too bad she messed her campaign up so bad, she would have made a pretty good VP candidate. Who knows, she still might, but I’m not sure anyone would take a chance on such a loose cannon. She didn’t mention how many children she has fostered, which is a step in the right direction.

4. Herman Cain. Herman did a fine job tonight. Is it enough to get his campaign back on substance and on track? We’ll see. There’s still plenty of time before Iowa, and the next two weeks will be key. Let’s see what other accusations come his way and how his campaign handles them.

5. Ron Paul. I actually thought he was heading towards his best debate tonight when he started in again on the Federal Reserve – at which time I rolled my eyes and headed towards the refrigerator for a chilled Pinot Grigio.

6. Jon Huntsman. As they say, “fuhgeddaboudit”. He’s toast. I’m still trying to figure out, actually, what he stands for, except for the fact he was once governor of Utah.

7. Rick Santorum. Started the night by decrying Washington and the present tax code picking and choosing winners and losers, then put forth his economic plan that would do the very same thing. Later on, he bragged about championing some political cause I can’t remember by “writing a letter to the White House”. I guess in Washington politics that’s something to crow about. Say goodnight, Rick.

8. Rick Perry. ‘Nuff said.

Me? I think we’re at the point now where the GOP would be better off with a Romney / Cain / Gingrich / Paul quintet to do some serious and substantive debating before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. There are too many pretenders out there right now, and its time for the GOP to start getting serious about selecting a candidate who can go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama. But that’s OK, I can wait – the Iowa results will take care of that.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 00:49 | Comments (4)
  1. my evening/middle of the night was way more exciting..apparently I locked a raccoon in the garage when I closed it last night. 2:30am I hear a ruckus in the garage but at first thought it was the cats having midnight madness. When I saw the cats lined up at the door to garage, I thought, “oh hell”…opened the door and said, OH HELL!!!” This critter raccoon sacked my garage, and left raccoon poo all over the place. Then he wouldn’t leave and holed up in the corner of the garage…I am yelling, “you need to leave” and he is saying, “no I’m not” and we continue this until after 3am. He finally ambles out and I am wide awake and thinking, “why me?”

    Comment by Jana — November 10, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  2. Sounds like raccoon interruptus! That’s what I call life in suburbia!

    Here’s my own 3 AM story from Tuesday morning: I’m answering nature’s call and it’s 3 AM. The house is quiet, except for a soft “drip, drip, drip” I hear. I open the shower curtain and turn the water all the way off, figuring I didn’t shut it off all the way last time. Except it is turned off all the way, and there’s still the sound of “drip, drip, drip”. A shiver runs down my spine. I get down on my hands and knees and feel the floor; it’s dry as a bone. I can still hear the dripping. Now I’m freaking out. I go into the guest bedroom on the other side of the wall and can hear the dripping even louder. I yell an expletive and pull the bookcase away from the wall only to see it covered in dust and mold. The ceiling’s damp, the wall is damp, the floor is dry – the worst of all scenarios. $250 later the leak is fixed and I have a big square hole cut out of my wall. Now I’m wide awake and thinking, “why me?”

    Comment by The Great White Shank — November 10, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  3. I have had several pin hole leaks and feel your pain…kitchen ceiling and wall ripped out, bathroom wall ripped out…benefit of condo life, the association pays for everything on the other side of the drywall. Drywall is less expensive than replacing the floor. I am still in new door hell…the right doors arrived at Home Depot…not leaving trust to them I go and have them check is correct and one is a French door, which I did not order nor HD. Manufacturer sent the wrong one. Will I ever get the correct doors installed??? Will I???? WHY ME????

    Comment by Jana — November 11, 2011 @ 6:11 am

  4. I like Lowe’s more than HD, but when I was replacing our venetian blinds with plantation shutters (no, liberals, that’s not racist!) Lowe’s lost the invoice, lost the order, and there was a whole lot of back and forth. But in the end they made it right and gave me one of the shutters for free in return for their mixup. It was all’s well that end’s well.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — November 11, 2011 @ 8:43 am

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