I got to the Ale House a bit late, but here is the open thread….
5:18: Wow…the five minutes I’ve watched has been a big hatefest on Cain’s 999 tax plan. Funny how Republicans suddenly embrace reality when it gives them something to crush their opponent with.
5:20: Apples and oranges. Double-topping pizza for only $9.99: Feast of the top .999%
5:22: The Newtster still insists on being called, “Mr. Speaker”. What a putz!
5:23: Michele wants to “Go back to the miracle of Ronald Reagan’s plan”, “abolish the tax code”, “flatten taxes”. My god, is she an idiot!
5:26: Once again, Rick Perry is caught napping. He doesn’t have a rival tax plan. Instead he wants to talk unemployment. That’s sooooo last month.
5:29: Rick Santorum shouldn’t show his teeth like that. People’ll think he’s British…..
5:34: Michele Bachmann points out that the Obama administration is arguing with itself over the CLASS act. Not really. A good discussion of CLASS come from Ezra Klein.
5:39: Ron Paul is in fine babbly form this evening!
5:42: Rick Perry’s health care plan is to prosecute those who hire “illegals”?!? (Like Mitt Romney, apparently?) I’m feeling healthier already!
5:45: It pains me to say this, but Mitt made mincemeat of Rick Perry over the interruptions and also the “hiring illegals” business.
5:50: Perry had a strong “border” comeback after the “illegals fiasco”, but it was prepared. After Bachmann’s babblery, Perry babbles back.
5:52: Perry tries mining the “Mitt Hires Illegals” again. Less disastrous.
5:53: A Hispanic man just asked a question. Who will be first to ask if CNN checked his citizenship documents?
5:55: I have no idea what Ron Paul just spewed about putting people in groups and group mentality.
5:57: Bachmann: America has problems with magnets and anchor babies. Magnets and anchors can be quite unwieldy! So…good point.
6:03: The Mittster solution to nuclear waste: Let the states BID on it!
6:04: Rick Perry just said that the Government shouldn’t subsidize energy in any form. Wait…wasn’t that his entire fucking Jobs Plan?!?
6:08: Huh…Michele Bachmann is a mom?
6:12: Ron Paul just admitted he is incompetent.
6:18: Fuck…a group of noisy diners just sat down at the table behind me. I could barely hear the debate as it was. Fortunately, the closed caption text is on. Looking at the bright side…is’s good practice for old age!
6:21: Candidates are now going through their pre-prepared statements on “faith”. Fucking YAWWWWWWNNNNN. None of them are going to go there about Mormonism, obviously. I mean, it wouldn’t be fair with Huntsman not there….
6:22: Rick Perry talking about “the founding fathers” is like Mike Tyson talking about nuclear physics….
6:25: A “question from the audience” CLEARLY being read off of a screen. Sheesh. What bullshit!
6:28: Was it a Closed Caption error or was the Newtster talking about “illeteral politicians”???
6:31: Herman Cain: “Policy that we do not negotiate with terrorists”…but maybe we can send ’em some pizza and coke….
6:33: Let’s step back for a moment. Is it my imagination, or is Anderson Cooper, essentially, trying to simply drag the most controversy out of the “debaters”? Seriously…the substance is excessively thin, but the show ain’t half bad!
6:40: Damn…even Ronald Reagan’s movie roles are sacred to the Republicans. They are in a FUCKING REAGAN CULT!!!!!!
6:42: Okay…I’m outta here. I have to go to a birthday dinner a couple of doors down. It has been another enjoyable debate, watching Republicans presidential wannabes trying to out-crazy each other.
So far, it seems that Herman Cain has succeeded in not being destroyed. Perry is toast…very burnt toast that has been thrown into the kitchen sink only to get soggy. What a mess. Michele, “Mr. Speaker”, and Santorum (eeewwwww!) are where they started—amusing sideshows. Romney still comes off as the condescending prick he probably really is…and he continues to be the reluctant choice of Republicans. Oh, yeah. Ron Paul…still the fucking kook-job he has always been.
And that concludes another fascinating episode of “The GOP Primary Asylum Reality Show.” And may God HELP America!