Our man Wolf Blitzer gets another shot at these Presidential hopefuls as CNN hosts the next GOP debate, main topic: National Security. This may set up well for Newt and Jon Huntsman, the only two on the stage with any cred in that area. The debate is at the DAR building. That’s Daughters of the American Revolution building in case you were wondering, and it’s in the heart of devil town or as some people call it Washington DC. I’m personally hoping for another Wolf Blitzer Miss America type training session on how to introduce yourself. I might just DVR the first 10 minutes in case Wolf decides to creep us all out by giving a demo on the proper introduction technique.
Some pre-game info: Newt misses the chance to get on the ballot in Missouri. Filing deadline was today, $1000 and some forms in triplicate and his staff missed the deadline. So Newt will not be on the primary ballot in Missouri. Keep that trend up and it might be hard to get votes. Of course Missouri is one of those goofy states that does both a primary election and a caucus. In the election all registered Missourians will vote, in the caucus only party members will vote. Guess which one actually counts – that’s right the caucus vote. Newt may have just saved himself $1000. I’ll take him to win the Missouri caucus in March in a landslide if he’s still in the race in March. His personal baggage and a commercial he did with Nancy Pelosi about climate change is starting to hurt him a little, but not nearly as much as missing ballot registration deadlines will.
Mitt has put some ads on the air in New Hampshire, even though he’s winning that state by almost a 3-1 margin over the next closest rival. The ad getting the most buzz – a spot where Mitt attributes comments Obama made about McCain to Obama himself. Bottom line is the ad just outright lies about what the President said. Politifact gave the ad a “Pants on fire” rating. Mitt’s staff maintains that it’s all fair game baby. So now we know where the bar is set, lets see who tries to go under it. The ad is here: Mitt’s Ad
Oh great, Ari Fleischer is on the CNN pre-debate coverage. President Bush 43’s first press secretary, Ari is possibly the most delusional poltico turned politco pundit out there.
It’s go time. Wolf intros the candidates all by himself, having them line up in front of the podiums like at the all star game in baseball. Now we get the rules. Wolf leaves no stone unturned. Oh NO! He does it, Wolf gives us the intro demo. Holy cow, I thought I missed it. And yeah it was creepy.
First question is about the Patriot Act, signed by Pres. Bush 43. Newt is for it and even strengthening it. Ron Paul is completely against it in the name of liberty. And Ron Paul gives the first Founding Fathers quote of the night and gets the first round of applause. Look out Wolf, the crowd is not following the rules. Be advised, whatever the answers are tonight, the final sentence will be “it’s Barak Obama’s fault.”
Getting a little ugly now. Just had some Mormon on Mormon crime as Mitt and Jon Huntsman lock horns on troop levels in Afghanistan and their relationship to Pakistan. Mitt says commanders on the ground want troop levels to drop slowly. Huntsman counters with a hissing “The Commander-in-Chief makes the call. Commanders can be wrong.”
Newt chastises them both and then cuts Wolf in half with a no-look condescending look. Blitzer literally was split in two by Newt. So far only Megan Kelley of Fox News has been able to de-fang Newt. Newt is batting around 900 with respect to crushing moderators. This is Newt’s second stomp of Wolf this season.
Perry begins to sputter on the supporting Israel question. He’s leaking oil. Full scale Perry melt down all but guaranteed in the next hour. Cain will support an Israeli attack of Iran if they have a good plan. A 999 plan perhaps?
God love Newt. He’s such a pompous ass, but he’s right just about all the time. His responses are measured and thought out, only Jon Huntsman can match wits with Newt. Only moderators feel Newt’s sting.
Mitt has engaged his cloaking device. Which means he wins this debate as the rest bloody each other with non-facts (read lies & made up stuff) and mispronounced names of foreign leaders.
An hour and 15 minutes in and Cain still can’t find the switch to raise his cone of silence. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are leading Cain in time of possession by some 10 minutes of answer time.
Newt now lecturing on models he drew up to balance the budget. Might be a power point presentation complete with laser pointer any moment now.
Snarky but true, a drop out from clown college did Bachman’s make up. Tammy Faye Baker would be proud. That being said I was wrong before, Bachman also has street cred on these issues. Her Pakistan answers were as good as anyones, to include Newt.
Perry is warming up for the big melt down. Says he would make congress part time and draw from the regular citizenry. What’s that great line from a NFL coach, “Take advice from the fans and it won’t be long before you’re sitting with them.”
Newt now schooling Bachman on the Dream Act. He likes the idea of giving illegal immigrants citizenship if they serve in the US Military.
Wolf sees through Mitt’s cloaking and hits him with a direct question. You da man Wolf. Mitt takes Newt to task with Wolf’s question. Where do we get these names?
Perry literally froze for 3 seconds mid sentence and you could hear the hearts of the 400 in the audience and the 60 or so watching at home, skip several beats as they wondered if Perry would finish the sentence or just stop talking. It’s coming folks, although we’re late in the 4th quarter, the melt down is coming. Newt and Perry are on same page with respect to illegals gaining citizenship for serving in the military and going to state schools. That may hurt Newt in the republican party. It buried Perry.
Now Wolf sniffs out Cain like a pig to a truffel. Hitting Cain on Perry’s idea for No FLy Zone over Syria. Cain does not agree with Perry’s No Fly Zone idea. Gave short answer and shut his mouth. National Security is clearly a weakness for Cain.
Huntsman gets the question on the crisis in Egypt. Remember Huntsman was President Obama’s ambassador to China. Huntsman is debunking the myth that sanctions are a useful tool. Says China never buckled under to sanctions and won’t play ball in enacting them on Syria, Eygypt or anyone else.
Mitt disassembles Perry’s No Fly Zone idea by pointing out that Syria has no viable air force but they have over 500 tanks. “Maybe we should have a no drive zone” Ooh, beat down Mormon style.
Final words from each candidate. Only Huntsman says joblessness is America’s greatest enemy. The rest spout about China, except Newt who fears EMP – Electro-Magnetic Pulse. Not sure what he means by that, must be some pseudo reference to a cyber attack or something. Santorum, he fears Honduras. Personally Rick, I’ve always be suspicious of Belize, but I’m a worrier.
Well that’s it from the pressure chamber that is the Nation’s Capitol. Next up, Drake University in Iowa on the 10th of December. Check back for a Mitt Romney profile.