Seven Republican Presidential contenders took the stage in New Hampshire Monday night in attempts to sway the primary electorate in their favor. Though the performances of all were respectable, their level of success in making their cases was varied. The following is a recap of what went down, who went up, who maintained, and what surely raised some eyebrows.
The Format and The Field
In general CNN did a nice job making the debate informative and substantive. What did not work was attempting to do away with the traditional bell or buzzer to limit each candidates response time and giving them only 30 seconds to answer the questions. Thirty seconds is simply not enough time for anyone to explain their position on complex issues, especially …
The Wall Street Journal states the bloody obvious:
According to recent Gallup polls, the president’s average approval rating is below 30% — down from his 90% approval in the wake of 9/11. Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.
This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, “Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do
This article is cross-posted from BitsBlog.
Here’s a transcript of last night’s debate.
If I get time, there’s a number of points I’d like to break out of it. But for now, a quick overview of who won and who lost.
If there’s one thing that the blogging Democrats and their pre-written declarations of an Obama victory in the debate last night proves, it is that BS is a renewable resource. Last night, the left side of the spin floor similarly had nothing but the same tired nonsense we’ve seen this entire cycle.
In their overblown (and largely pre-written) declarations of victory, intended to change voter perceptions of what they saw and heard, they ignore the entire “Joe the Plumber” meme, which I consider a microcosm …
We were channel surfing on Saturday night because the Olympic coverage was of the women’s marathon, which I liken to watching paint dry, when we happened upon Rick Warren’s interviews of the respective candidates. The least I can say is that the contrasts were spectacular. John McCain was the all-around winner, (unless he was being judged by Olympic judges, in which case he would have placed second due to some unusual tie-breaking formula!).
Senator McCain opened up the proverbial can of Whompem on Senator Obama in these areas:
- Clarity–McCain’s remarks were straightforward, transparent and to the point. It’s why he also got to answer more questions. His answers were focused, and his intent was clear. Note to Obama–at no point in the next eight years
There seems to be a ton of news lately, and for a change, not all of it bad. First, we have the Beijing Olympiad and the Chinese display of cultural prowess. Fortunately for us, we have the best athletes in the world.
But in case you haven’t noticed, the Russians and Vladimir Putin have invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia. There are a number of reasons why: 1) They want oil, 2) They know we’re distracted by Iraq and Afghanistan and can ill afford a third front, 3) They perceive G.W. Bush to be a lame-duck president, incapable of exercising military and moral authority in their sphere. This, coupled with the fact that the Democrats are running a popular, but empty candidate named William Jennings …
It seems strange to be writing in this space again after what seems like an lengthy hiatus. Two weeks of vacation, followed by a week of catching up. And, as a result, admittedly out of touch.
Barack’s puzzled? Who knew? He seems so confident, so, shall I dare say it, full of hope! So vacuous!
McCain’s moderate positions compromise him. While he claims to be an agent of compromise, the reality is he’s the one being compromised. But at least I know that and in November, when I have to choose, I’ll choose what I know as opposed to what I don’t. And Obama scares me.
The news lately is mostly bad. The stock markets appear to be in freefall. Oil and gasoline are setting …
I’ve said it a number of times here in the past: the real power is in the US Congress. Presidents can negotiate with foreign leaders, take military action (to an extent), and manage the administration as approved (more or less) by Congress. And then a little here and there with Presidential Executive Orders. And of course, the President can submit legislation and veto bills (it’s rather insignificant to mention the power to sign bills into law, but it is there). But the President cannot get the legislation to his/her desk without Congress passing the bills.
And the President cannot stop Congress from creating earmarks. I take a story from BitsBlog in toto:
WASHINGTON - FOX- The Senate rejected calls from both parties’ presidential candidates to take