Fox News Republican Debate

by Mike on October 21, 2007

in Election 2008,Politics

The following is this undecided conservative’s take on tonight’s Republican debate.

There were two winners tonight: Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson.

Tonight’s Winners:

Rudy Giuliani was one of tonight’s two winners. Once again, he demonstrated that he understands the dangers of the world in which we live. This was especially clear in his answer on the issue of Iran when he compared the relative worldviews of today’s liberals and conservatives with the differing perspectives of Jimmy Cater and Ronald Reagan 27 years ago. He noted that the former’s worldview led to the 400 plus day hostage crisis whereas the latter’s worldview led to the hostages’ release within an hour. Now that’s a legitmate analogy Barack.

Giuliani was also impressive when it was his turn to whack what would literally be the world’s largest pinata, She Who Must Not Be Named. At one point, the Mayor quoted SWMNBN as saying “I have a million ideas.  America can’t afford them all.”  Rudy’s response to the quote: “America cannot afford you.” This showed Republicans across the country that he is capable of challenging the witch in a humorous way. That would be key in a general election. Giuliani would be a formidable candidate.

Fred Thompson was tonight’s other winner. In fact, his words told me that of those running (with the possible exception of Duncan Hunter), he would be the best President of the United States. His answer to the tort reform question spoke volumes. According to Thompson, he supported tort reform at the federal level but was reluctant to do so on traditional state-level torts. This showed me that Thompson has a clear appreciation of our Constitutional framework.

Because Thompson understands that it is not a President’s or a Senator’s job to address state-level issues, it is almost certain that he understands how judges should view their Constitutional roles. If Thompson were to become President and a Supreme Court vacancy were to arise, that would mean a Thompson nominee would join Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito on the Supreme Court. If that happens, kiss Roe goodbye. The question remaining is whether he can defeat SWMNBN.

With regard to electability, Thompson helped himself tonight when he directly addressed a major concern regarding his candidacy, the perception that he is lazy. Listing his lifetime of accomplishments and the fact that such an old guy could have such young children showed a self-deprecating sense of humor that would come across even more impressively when contrasted a witch’s cackle. Moreover, who doesn’t love a good fat joke at the expense of Ted Kennedy?

Now that you have my take on the winners, I’ll give you my thoughts on the rest of the field.

The Other Top-Tier Candidates:

Mitt Romney: He was a little off tonight but he wasn’t bad. Romney is very talented at changing the subject when his weaknesses come up. As Duncan Hunter pointed out, Romney’s health care plan contains more mandates than most conservatives would tolerate. Romney responded by claiming the plan was a product of compromise with a Democrat legislature. He couched his answer in terms of problem-solving, which would be a very effective strategy in a general election context, especially against a . . . less than appealing female opponent.

Mike Huckabee: Once again, he had the best one-liner of the night when he talked about how hippies would line up in support of more private health plans once they found out about the free drugs. On a more serious note, he gave himself credit for being funny before delivering a great mini-speech about how there would be nothing funny about a SWMNBN Presidency. Finally, no one is stronger on defending the sanctity of human life.

John McCain: I hate saying this, but he is Bob Dole. Honorable does not even begin to describe John McCain, but I don’t think he should be our nominee. He is weak on too many issues and would be the old guy who would lose to SWMNBN. I loved his jab at Putin though, and his support of missile defense is commendable. This could be a future Secretary of Defense.

The Lower Tier:

These candidates did not get the attention they should have. If a candidate isn’t worthy enough to be spoken to, then they aren’t worthy enough to be invited. They were there however, so I’ll comment.

Ron Paul: This video pretty much sums up his performance.

Tom Tancredo: He was solid on illegal immigration once called upon, and his jabs at Michael Moore were appreciated.

Duncan Hunter: His detailed knowledge of military matters would serve him well in the role of Vice President. It would also serve our party well in a VP debate against whatever empty suit SWMNBN puts on her ticket.

With the exception of Ron Paul, any of the candidates on that stage would be superior to anything the Democrats have to offer. The question in the primary is which candidate has the right combination of conservatism and electability to carry our banner next year? I am still undecided but am closer to making my decision. I’ll let you know when I do.

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Ryan October 22, 2007 at 3:38 pm

I also liked Romney’s line in regards to what She Who Must Not Be Named as actually run in her career in public life: a state, a business, a town, a store, a bakesale (I made the last two up for effect)? That is a really important point. If she has had no experience in running things beyond a little lawyering here, a little health care debacle there, a little gandstanding here, a little Ynkee hat there, then what qualifies her to be President?

I agree that with the exception of Ron Paul (hehe haha), any of the Republicans would be a more effective President than her.

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TRM October 22, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Not disagreeing with you about Paul, but he made some good points regarding the fact that maybe we should spend more money domestically instead of trying to hand everyone else on the globe tons of money. Also, our foreign trade seems a bit tilted out of our favor a lot of the time. Other than that, GO FRED! Mike for VP, Rudy for Sec of State, Mitt for Secretary of coiffed hair!

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