The last Republican debate was spectacular—both comedy and tragedy. Here’s hoping tonight’s is equally entertaining.
You can stream the debate here.
Here’s your debate sandbox….
5:05: Mitt Romney SCORES…on the moderator.
5:10: The Paulistias are in force tonight!
5:28: Rick Santorum is asked, “If a Pakistani nuclear weapon goes missing, what do you do?” Rick proffers a complete non-answer. Correct answer for Santorum, “Shit my pants.”
5:30: Act I has concluded. Pretty disciplined debate so far. Lots of Obama bashing. But really, I haven’t heard much in the way of actual foreign policy proposals that differ from Obama’s.
5:37: Rick Santorum promises to surround himself only with people who think like he does. That’s fucking frightening!
5:35: And by asking Newt how he would “think outside the box,” I must assume the moderator means, “after pulling your head out of your ass.”
5:40: Rick Perry can see Mexico from his back porch!
5:41: Cain is no torturer…unless you consider his stint with Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza.
5:42: Cain is no torturer…except for stuff you can rebrand “enhanced interrogation.”
5:42: Michele BELIEVES in torture. I’m suspect that’s one of the things Marcus loves about her.
5:43: Kudos to Ron Paul for smacking down his fellow Republicans over the torture question.
5:44: And Kudos to Jon Huntsman for smacking down his fellow Republican over the torture question. Some things transcend party.
5:45: Mitt and Newt are pro-killing American citizens engaging in terrorism outside the U.S. Still…sounds like the Obama foreign policy!
5:48: Rick Perry is outrage that “cybersecurity can go on”?!?
5:50: Mitt will fix the china problem by, “Number one…acknowledge that they are currency manipulators.” There was no number two.
5:59: End of Act II. I missed the last 5 minutes of this act, so perhaps I missed something new, but I didn’t hear any real solutions (I mean, besides Michele and Herman reinstating torture).
6:02: Michele Bachmann way out-crazies my ability to liveblog about it!
6:04: Shorter Herman Cain on Middle East: “I can’t even put together a coherent sentence about the region, but Obama is doing everything wrong there.”
6:09: Rick Santorum’s understanding of the Constitution, the Geneva Conventions, and unlawful combatants is staggeringly naive!
6:11: Michele Bachmann has been chomping at the bit to get some zinger out about torture!
6:13: And…Michele Bachmann throws in her endorsement for Obama’s policies!
6:19: Wikipedia: “Two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice.” If I understood correctly, Michele Bachman just argued to reverse Johnson’s vision. Michele Bachmann: Pro-poverty, Pro-racial injustice?
6:24: There’s that “lost nuclear weapon” question for Rick Santorum again. “I’d shit my pants.” Just say it, Rick!
6:28: That’s it?!? Just like that? Sheesh!
Postscript: There were no big winners or losers in this debate. And it wasn’t very entertaining. The most annoying thing was the perpetuation of the myth that the debt is the biggest threat to the U.S. right now. No…that isn’t the biggest threat.
The single biggest threat is the willingness of politicians to put party ahead of the good of the country.