Debates Matter

by Mike on January 17, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

A few months ago, it might be a year ago now who knows?, I had a discussion with a close friend of mine about one of the many primary debates scheduled for that night.  My friend did not watch that debate because of a belief that they really didn’t matter.  I knew then it wasn’t true and many more now know it too for one simple reason.  Mike Huckabee catapulted himself into the first tier because of the debates.

Debates alone will never crown a winner, but they are a factor that should never be underestimated.  Prior to the debates, Huckabee was mired in the Republican Party’s second tier.  Despite having little name recognition, organization, media attention, and even less money, Huckabee is now in a position where he could conceivably be the Republican nominee.  I don’t think Huckabee will be the nominee.  That honor will probably go to one of the other moderates.  However, a Huck win is conceivable and it is all because of the debates.

With that in mind,  I point to Right Wing News’ top ten presidential debate moments posted on the top of their page right now.  Huckabee has two entries, though I think that his most towering rhetorical home run is missing.  Also worth a look are the clips of Rudy Giuliani bitchslapping Ron Paul and Fred Thompson showing his disdain for “hand shows.”

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Chris January 17, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Gotta love the “No Hand Shows” response. One of the things that I admire most about Fred Thompson, beside his policy stands, is his style in dealing with the Drive-by media. He does not except the premise of their questions and will not play along with their left-leaning setups. Those on the left are very scared of him and try to marginalize him, smear him, as well as drag those close to him through the mud. His wife, who the drive-bys have tried to drag through the mud, was on The Great One’s radio show and I must say she is very articulate and rises far above those detractors.

Also, recent kudos and props to Mitt Romney for laying the smacketh down to the smarmy, slovenly and snotty David Gregory/Sam Donaldson wanna-be AP Reporter Glenn Johnson and further props to Mitt’s Press Spokesman for calling the big Johnson out!


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