Woo-Hoo! It is another evening with some crazy fellows. I’ll try to live blog from the Montlake Alehouse.
5:07: Somehow I expect that tomorrows press will be all about Michele’s white outfit.
5:10: Rick Santorum blames Barack Obama for the economy?!? That’s simply precious.
5:10: Mitt makes a funny! (“Yes, Wolf, its my first name”.) Newt?
5:11 Newt puts limits on “innocent until proven guilty.” If we think you are a terrorist, it doesn’t apply.
5:12: Watch Mitt Romney throughout this debate. Some consultant once told him he needed to be a better listener. Now he makes a show of it, by which I mean, it looks very contrived.
5:17: Ron Paul, crazy as he is, schools Newt on the emergence of the police state.
5:19: Michele Bachmann, feeling her sound bite didn’t get enough headlines last time, rekindles the crazy “Obama outsourced the Justice Department to the ACLU” talking point. Still falls flat, I suspect.
5:21: Mitt agrees with Newt.
5:22: Wait. Rick Perry wants to “privatize the TSA”?!? Isn’t that exactly what we had on 9-11? You know, before George W. Bush enacted one of the largest expansions of the federal government by federalizing airport security?
5:23: My dinner has arrived, and I am having trouble eating the refried beans while Rick Santorum is speaking.
5:27: Cain, “I’m sorry Blitz, I meant ‘Wolf’” Wolf: “Thank you Cain”.
5:29: Huntsman sneaks in congressional term limits in a foreign policy debate.
5:30: Bachmann: “Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism.” Where was she when George Bush was selling his Iraq war?
5:31: Oh my Gawd! Michele uses nuisance in discussing Pakistan. What happened to naive black and white issues and answers?
5:33: Here is a useful metric of how low Rick Perry has fallen: Michele Bachmann points out that his Pakistan “policy” is naive—and she is right!
5:36: Look at Mitt’s hair. It looks like a wig made of black fish line. What the fuck is up with that?
5:39: Huntsman is toast…there is, what looks to be, dandruff on his coat.
5:42: What the hell kind of pin is Newt wearing? Is that a Free Masons pin?
5:51: Cain: “If we pull out of Afghanistan too soon, Iran will help fill that power vacuum….” He should have just said, “9-9-9.”
5:53: Rick Perry is starting his fade-out phase of this debate.
5:56: Bachmann: Obama shuts down U.S. energy independence by stopping a pipeline with Canadian oil (being shipped to Louisiana for export). Right.
6:01: Mitt: “Obama has pursued an agenda of being friendly to our foes and being hostile to our friends.” I mean, yeah…he has certainly been courting Republicans at the expense of his base. Good point Mitt. Not bad for a member of a party trying to harm the U.S.
6:08: Perry has some super Super-committee rage! As only a Commander-in-Chief can have….
6:12: When Rick Santorum answers questions, he always looks like he wants to bite someone’s nose off of their face.
6:25: Rick Perry will shut down the borders within 12 months of “the inaugural.” Congress (and the Supreme Court) might have something to say about that.
6:27: Cain claims terrorists have snuck into the U.S. at the Mexican Border?!? Really? I missed that news.
6:30: Santorum: “trickle down.” Now there’s an UGLY picture.
6:31: Newt is gathering a few flakes, himself.
6:32: Michele’s lipstick is beginning to migrate to the rest of her face.
6:35: Even Mitt is showing a few dandruff flakes. Wait…why aren’t his flakes dyed black?
6:38: Or maybe it’s Santorum’s spittle on everyone else’s coat.
6:44: Wow…CNN allowed a genuine war criminal (David Addington) to ask a question!
6:46: Okay…Rick Perry is officially in babble mode now.
6:52: Mitt Romney just gave America an erection.
6:53: Why does Rick Perry refuse to wear an American flag?
6:54: Santorum is concerned about the spread of Socialism. Well, I suspect Socialism is concerned about the spread of Santorum.
6:59: Mercifully…it ends. It got a little hard to hear toward the end, as the “Occupy Montlake Alehouse” crowd showed up and started arguing about what they really stand for.
I thought this debate was substantively better than the CNBC foreign policy debate. Perhaps this means that the candidates just learned their talking points better.
CNN is trying to make a big deal about Newt’s answer on the “illegals” question. In fact, I think Newt is being savvy and more realistic than most Republicans on this issue.