Thoughts on the debate?

* I think McCain won – though he appeared sleepy at times. He needs to skirt all immigration & torture questions.
* Guiliani did great but all he is going to do is talk about New York – that will get old fast.
* Huckabee did amazing.
* Mitt Romney looks plastic.
* Tancredo – eh – not much thoughts on him.
* Brownback – who is this dude?
* Ron Paul is a complete lunatic.
* Duncan Hunter – no opinion.

Fred is still my man as of today!

16 Responses to Well?

  1. William Teach September 6, 2007 at 6:52 am #

    McCain: gotta disagree. He was too wishy washy, and his comments, particularly about illegal immigration, directly contradicted his actions and votes.

    Rudy was good. Not great.

    Huckabee did kick (Ron Paul’s) azz

    Mitt did pretty good. Solid, not exiting.

    Tancredo was good when he was actually asked a question. I forgot he was on the stage.

    Brownback? Was he there?

    Ron Paultard: major league wackjob.

    Hunter did well.

    From what I saw, I’d give the win to Huckabee.

    Fred? is now Fred! again, but, I just cannot get behind him. He just hasn’t impressed me as of yet.

  2. Silke September 6, 2007 at 7:01 am #

    Ron Paul may be a wackjob but according to the FOX poll, he won (33%). I think the next highest was Huckabee at 18%.

  3. Greta September 6, 2007 at 7:13 am #

    that’s cause he has a wacko following that kept hitting redial!

  4. William Teach September 6, 2007 at 7:30 am #

    Silke, the Paulians are very organized. They will spam any poll, joining together and directing them all to polls. They will use multiple PC’s with the poll. They will clear the cookies again and again. He really has no shot, regardless of what any internet poll states.

    I would not be surprised if you had a couple of them show up here and leave some comments. They sit on Digg and Technorati, searching for any post that mentions Paultard.

  5. Silke September 6, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    McCain was the only one who spoke out against torture – in my mind that makes him the winner.

    Giuliana had some of the best responses of the night and he certainly has an accomplished record but I worry he will escalate the war in Iraq and do something irresponsible regarding Iran.

    Huckabee provided no details about Iraq, illegal immigration or out-of-control spending. I find his anecdotal stories clichéd.

    Mitt Romney strikes me as the consummate politician – ready to change his views in order to be elected.

    Tancredo does not think waterboarding is torture. The only reason he has any traction in this race is due to his stance on immigration.

    Brownback – who cares.

    Ron Paul says many provocative things (though I disagree with many of them) and for that I’m glad he’s in the race.

    Duncan Hunter may have had the best response on Iran. It was thoughtful and measured. But what scares me is that all of the candidates (except for Ron Paul of course) basically implied an attack on Iran is inevitable. Our biggest fear is that Iran will give a nuclear device to terrorists. But that’s the reason we went into Iraq. What if this becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy? What if, in our attempt to stop the Iranians from giving a nuke to terrorist, we actually provoke it by attacking them first?

    Greta, why do you like Fred Thompson so much?

  6. Greta September 6, 2007 at 10:42 am #


    Though not one candidate thinks exactly like me (which is probably a good thing), so far he is the closest.

  7. Silke September 6, 2007 at 11:11 am #

    What worries me about Thompson is that he has a slow-growing form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His cancer is in remission but according to his own doctor a recurrence is likely.


  8. Greta September 6, 2007 at 12:12 pm #

    So if he picks Huckabee as a running mate we’ll be OK

  9. William Teach September 6, 2007 at 1:58 pm #

    He should pick Cheney 🙂

    Question for you Silke: we have a foreign national in custody. We know with 100% certainty that there is a nuclear bomb in America somewhere, and it is going to be detonated, we just do not when or were. In order to save thousands upon thousands of lives (not to mention what a detonation would do to our economy), would you not approve of basic things like sleep deprivation, hot and cold temps, scaring someone with a dog, and even waterboarding?

  10. Silke September 6, 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    Teach, having worked in the intelligence community during my time in the military I can tell you that you can never know anything with 100% certainty. That just never happens. I’m not willing to base U.S. interrogation policy on a one-time hypothetical scenario that’s more like an episode from 24 than real life. Call me naïve if you want but if you look at the public statements of those who have served in the military (and the intelligence community) they are almost unanimously against torture. We are better and smarter than that.

    And yes, I consider making someone feel as if they are drowning torture. I suppose the other techniques you mentioned may be up for debate but our own government certainly considered it torture when the Soviets did it.

  11. William Teach September 6, 2007 at 4:58 pm #

    In other words, you won’t answer. Typical of those on the Left.

  12. Greta September 6, 2007 at 5:24 pm #

    Now Teach – Silke is anything but typical. After all she served her Country! I have always respected her opinion against any kind of torture. I don;t necessarily agree – but I respect her opinion. We don’t do that – period is her thought – no if ands or buts – please respect her opinion as she is as strong with it as McCain.

  13. Silke September 6, 2007 at 5:27 pm #

    You can call me whatever you want (though I’ve always voted republican in the past). I give you (what I consider) a reasonable and measured answer to an incredibly difficult question and all you can say is…”you won’t answer – you must be on the Left.” I did answer the question but I guess your response is typical of those who only see in terms of Right and Left.

  14. Amy Proctor September 7, 2007 at 11:08 pm #

    I think Ron Paul fans from the libertarian party are infiltrating the Republican Debates. I don’t know a single person who would vote for him.

    Brownback is a Senator from Kansas. He spoke at a Memorial Day observance Johnny and I went to here at the Fort Leavenworth Nat. Cemetary. He was very good, but his idea on partioning Iraq is terrible.

  15. Amy Proctor September 7, 2007 at 11:13 pm #

    Silke, torture…. no pulling of fingernails here… just sleep deprivation (I guess I’m being tortured right now then)…

    You have to keep in mind that these terrorists just have to abstain from doing harm to Americans and they won’t be interrogated. It’s not like they’re Daniel Pearl…… they aren’t the victims here. All they have to do is say, “Yes, LT, I did plan to blow up the capital building” and that’s the end of that. We’re asking them to refrain from allowing evil to happen. It’s totally up to them if they wish to be interrogated or not.

    Aside from that, I actually liked McCain. I can see myself voting for him. I like Huckabee, a governor, and McCain.

  16. Ivan September 13, 2007 at 10:57 am #

    I agree

    See you.

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