I have lots and lots to do today, so this one is going to be quick. I watched the Republican Debate last night and found myself again frustrated by what I heard and saw. So, since I'm busy, this is going to be a quick synopsis of what I saw and remember from the show.
The four candidates were introduced by CNN in an almost WWE "wrasslin'" style as each was given a nickname and funky background music. They all came out onstage and stood for the National Anthem. Politicians need to learn where their heart is -- most of them were covering their spleen with their right hand.
Questions were posed and Frothy Mix (Santorum) and Mittens (Romney) sat and argued like small children trying to one-up each other. Newt (Gingrich) looks as if he's put on a few pounds and the way he sat in his chair holding his right hand made me wonder if he was constantly checking his pulse or if he was just trying to control himself from smacking Mittens for all of his inane comments. DocRon (Paul) sat at the other end of the stage and was often ignored but did make sure that when he was asked to give a "quick response" by the moderator that he said, "No, not a quick response. I get one minute like they do!"
Frothy Mix kept falling into the "John Kerry Trap" of saying that he "voted for something before he opposed it" which the other candidates, with the exception of DocRon, seemed to not notice. DocRon, however, did jump on it. He also made a comment about not believing something that Frothy Mix said was "real." Frothy Mix tried to interrupt by showing his hand and arm to DocRon and saying, "Sorry! I'm definitely real!" to which DocRon simply replied, "Congratulations."
Mittens kept trying to remind everyone about how he was affiliated with the Olympics but never could get the right words out. He said he was "in the Olympics," not that he served on the Olympic Committee. If he was "in" the Olympics, then in what sport did he compete? And, in my own opinion, who gives a crap that he worked on the Olympic Committee. True, he uses it as a way to prove that he's the most qualified to run the country economically, but that's with a budget of billions which only people like he and his friends have, not the type of budgets with which we "regular people" are familiar.
Newt made a great statement that everyone is comparing what they're going to do with what the current government is doing and pointed out that the current government is the problem. Like, duh!! If the others didn't already know that, then they don't need to be up there.
DocRon was patient as he was mostly ignored throughout the night and did defend himself and his ideas when he could. However, I do believe that he often got some of the biggest applause and was the only person who, as everyone tried to make sure to mention as many of the Bill of Rights amendments as they could, mentioned the Second Amendment. And I agree with him that if someone has entered the country illegally and is trespassing on your property, you should be able to call the police and have them arrested (and they can be referred to the proper immigration authorities). Why not? If I can report citizens for trespassing, why do illegal immigrants get a free pass?
At the end of the debate, I really got upset when they were asked their final question and only two of them answered it. Newt and DocRon actually answered the question. They passed my first rule of having a debate. When it was Mitten's turn and he started his campaign speech, the moderator stopped him and asked him to answer the question. Mittens countered with, "You get to ask the questions you want; I get to give the answers I want." Frothy Mix took the same approach and both stayed "on-message" and wouldn't answer the question directly.
So, if I had to choose someone at this moment, it would be either DocRon or Newt. Newt actually isn't "presidential" in my eyes, but he at least can answer a direct question! Same for DocRon. You might be stunned at what you hear but he's not going to mince words or go off on his "message" instead of addressing the issue.
They said last night this could be the last Republican Debate -- I seriously doubt it. Everyone's in-it-to-win-it and no one is going home until they mathematically can't win. And some are trying to get enough delegates so they get a prime-time slot during the Republican National Convention, which worries many in the RNC.
I just hope that the next debate is better than this one was and that questions can actually be answered directly. And if they don't, I still think dropping them through the floor or squirting them with water like you do your dog or cat that won't behave would be fine.