Skip to comments.Why the Reagan Library GOP debate sucked
Posted on 09/08/2011 4:51:40 AM PDT by JSDude1
Readers want to know who I thought won the GOP debate at the Reagan Library last night.
My answer: Twitter.
Its where quick-fingered conservatives who actually care about conservatism freely debated and dissected the bone-headed questions and condescension of liberal D.C./N.Y. moderator Brian Williams, Politico staffer John Harris, and ethnic representative Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo throughout the MSNBC telecast. (Why not a minority journalist representing every race and ethnicity in the U.S. next time for a full Identity Politics-palooza!)
The questions ranged from the predictable (querying Perry about low-wage jobs created in Texas) to the hostile (Williams asking Perry how he could sleep at night based on his death penalty record) and calculated (Harris lobbing a softball invitation to Jon Huntsman to identify the crazy Republicans in the room). Transcript excerpts can be found here.
I have still not settled on a candidate. Im not on any team. My operating question is not Who are you for? but WHAT are you for?
And: Does your record match your rhetoric?
What I found most striking and informative was not anything discussed in the debate but what was left out.
A Twitter user likened the Reagan Library GOP debate on MSNBC to the Yankees network interrogating the Red Sox.
Or more to the point: Imagine the Democratic presidential candidates submitting to a debate at SEIU headquarters, moderated by Rush Limbaugh, with Andrew Breitbart and me asking questions.
We live in bizarro times when that scenario is beyond preposterous, yet the MSNBC/Politico Reagan Library theater of the absurd is now a part of hallowed presidential election history.
(Excerpt) Read more at michellemalkin.com ...
Had to cut out a bunch to get this article to fit in the 'excerpt' category..better just go ahead click on the link to Michelle Malkin's website.
Malkin is right-on here. What a waste. Thanks for posting. Always good to see a well-known conservative put into words what I have been thinking......
To be agenda-correct, it should be the Red Sox network interrogating the Yankees.
[red sox are generally leftists]
[[exception: Curt Shilling]]
Precisely why I didn’t watch the debate. I mean come on, it was on MSNBC. Who couldn’t see it was going to be an excersize in propaganda?
But I’m guessing everyone except Huntsman seemed like a true statesman compared to The One Some Thought We Were Waiting For.
That John Harris is a weird cat. The facial tics and nervous hand gestures were disturbing. A true nerd who I’m sure had to pay for sex his young adult life.
I wont watch PMSNBC....and from all I have read they made a mockery of the Reagan Library with their Keynesian steered questions...
I will watch clips here on line...and listen to Rush who has the uncanny ability to cut through the RINO$h!t with his clips....
Well, I agree to a point about having the PMSNBC people as questioners/mods but this is the lind of lamestreamers they’re going to face on the campaign traail.
Truthfully, I enjoy seeing the field of candidates debate...and then watch how the media tries to spin as adversarial. I thought the candidates got some jabs in (and I got a chuckle between the job creation duel between Romney and Perry) but what impresses me the most is the collegial and classy way the candidates conduct themselves...and redirect the focus not so much on each other...but on 0bama. I think we’ve got a competent field; each candidate had some good things to say...The Democrats couldn’t hold a candle to any of them.
I look at it from a different angle.
I’m not bothered by the fact liberals asked the debate questions, because it’s important to view how those candidates handle their messaging under a hostile interview situation. IMO, considering a major gaffe was expected of Perry, he acquitted himself pretty well overall.
Jesus! For once in your life DEFY the liberal media. Why do these nitwits continually agree to play on a communist field with communist ground rules. Tell that moron Williams to GFHS! NBC can shove their stooge debate UTA!
No, I won’t participate!!!! Is it too hard to say???????? Jesus, get some principles and stand on them for once in your miserable life!
Very true... they kept their rhetorial crosshairs (ooohhh... too soon?) on 0bama. Any one of them would be eminently more qualified to hold the office of President than the arrogant POS who occupies the White House now.
..Huntsman should have been arrested for that tie—it scared my wife...
I had to watch it online, through all the skips and buffers. With my Dish Network account, MSNBC is a "premium" channel, which I prefer... I wouldn't want my 2-year-old granddaughter exposed to the filth that emanates from it.
It sucked because it had liberal moderators. If the Reagan Library is going to host a Republican debate, why not get Republican moderators, like Rush, Mark Levin, or even Chris Plante of WMAL in DC (who’d be great!)
I have enjoyed the debates, as another poster mentioned, this is a very competent, talented group of people. There are only a couple I consider to have the experience set to be a chief executive, but there are several others who have performed very well.
As Malkin mentioned, I’d like to see some more in-depth answers to questions like borders, global warming and such. They know the questions are coming, and these are opportunities to not only hit it out of the park, but also educate the public.
The questioning from all media outlets has been awful, but I’ve felt that for a couple election cycles. Most questions are just massively irrelevant to the actual issues of the day. Other than the health care topics, hardly anything was relevant.
Why the HELL are the GOP idiots allowing themselved to be grilled by these left-wing media libtard presstitutes?????
JUST DONT GO ON CNNBCBSPBSMSNBC any more
AND STOP TALKING TO THEM~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I understand the criticism of the moderators; their questions and tone were suspect. However, I would much rather the candidates get grilled by the Left now so that when the Left asks the questions in the real debate, THE CANDIDATE is prepared.
If they got Limbaugh and a couple other conservatives, it would be the most viewed primary debate EVER.
Doc, I couldn’t agree more. The thought of the Republican candidates playing toady for that bunch of liberal scum was repugnant. I didn’t watch and will not watch these so-called debates. It’s demeaning and beneath them to engage in these travesties.
What I enjoyed was the promo insert of that dude, Rachel Maddow, standing there and ranting off some nonsensical platitudes with that asinine “Lean Forward” tag. It was as if MSNBC had to take a moment to remind us lurker viewers how crazy they are over there.