Why is it that Sarah Palin supporters and conservatives (fiscal, social, whatever) are so running around like a cat chasing a laser pointer? Flavor of the month or moment is right and as it is playing out it is rather pathetic.
As a day one supporter of Governor Palin I have, and maybe better stated, did have no lack of clarity about where she stood on the issues or where she was coming from. In recent weeks as she’s toyed with everyone except Romney, she’s lost credibility.
After watching and sleeping on the debate overnight, here’s my thoughts about it.
Anderson Cooper reveled in masterfully egging everyone on in a debate that showed mostly the weaknesses of the various candidates. It made great and informative theater. The result was also rather troubling.
Perry was interruptive and rude, took cheap shots, and was simply unlikable. Even the crowd booed him repeatedly. If this were a reality show, Perry would be unanimously voted off the island.
Romney handled himself well. He clearly was prepared for the onslaught and called out Perry for his combative behavior. Romney requited himself well and continued to show why he’s the real front-runner and likely GOP candidate.
Cain couldn’t defend his 9–9-9 proposal and had nothing else to offer. His defenses on this and his recent and repeated wild statements were not convincing. He wanted to stay with simple platitudes when being asked specifics. He’s got a growing electability that is going to be is undoing.
Bachmann was shrill, irritating, and continued her me-too theme she’s had throughout the campaign.
Even Paul seemed more shrill than usual last night.
Newt has found a niche as the conscious of the party, justifying his presence even if it makes him no more electable than before.
Santorum threw me off when he noted his 7 year old daughter had some undisclosed surgery yesterday and he chose to be in Las Vegas for the debate instead of at the hospital with her. His lack of family values over his quixotic and irrelevant campaign presence was like a scarlet letter on his forehead all evening. Even if he was the frontrunner, he should have been home with his daughter as no single debate is make-or-break.
My conclusions? Anderson, Romney, and Newt won. Perry absolutely and completely lost it. Cain, too. The others really need to explain why they are still showing up. And Huntsman or Johnson? No one missed or mentioned them.
Governor Perry recently wrote a book “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.” (November 2010)
I haven’t read it but the media has recently discovered it and are having a field day with it. Governor Perry tells people to read it and his campaign staff say don’t believe a word in it.
- Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rick-perry-by-the-book/2011/08/30/gIQAJJsbqJ_story.html?hpid=z2
- Matthew Yglesias in Think Progress, http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/08/15/295427/295427/
- Ian Millhiser in Think Progress, http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/22/300479/rick-perry-disavows-fed-up/
- Neil King, Jr., in Wall Street Journal, http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/08/18/perry-is-less-fed-up-over-social-security/
Have you read it? Your thoughts?