I know most of you probably didn’t see it, but I thought I’d give you some quick thoughts on the Undercard Debate.
First of all, I wish like hell Fox Business did all the debates. These moderators are awesome.
Both Trish Regan and Sandra Smith were moderators for the previous Fox Business Undercard Debate, and honestly, I think they’ve proven they should be moderating the main event. Smart questions, not the typical crapola one gets from say CNN or CBS or those numb-nuts at CNBC. Just great questions — intelligent, thought-provoking. These ladies are terrific.
Having only three people on stage meant they were able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. It helped that the moderators were direct and kept things moving.
The third grade crybaby lurking deep within me that ordinarily rears her head when I have to shovel snow more than twice in one day or when I have to go to the stupid doctor for blood tests totally understands why Rand Paul skipped the debate.
But the adult Dianny thinks he made a terrible error in judgment. Sure, it might have felt good to say, “Screw you!!!” But it didn’t serve him or his campaign to do it. It didn’t hurt Fox Business; it hurt him. I’m sure the Rand fans think he rocks for telling Fox Business to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. But it was a petulant and childish maneuver. And, frankly, after seven years of a petulant and childish President, I think a hell of a lot of voters are pretty sick of that kind of behavior from someone who wants to be President of the United States.
The funniest moments (okay, there were two):
Carly Fiorina saying that unlike another woman in this race, she actually loves spending time with her husband. SNAP!
Rick Santorum during his closing statement saying that he knows he’s out of time, but he’s going to use some of Rand Paul’s time. Haha!
All three candidates did very well. Their answers were smart, brisk and assertive. On occasion the actual question asked wasn’t the question they answered — like when Huckabee was asked about automation and if Obama is right in saying it is keeping workers’ wages down. Huck went on about the fair tax and making sure everybody gets to take home every penny of their paycheck. A nice thought and I like the idea of a fair or flat tax. But it wasn’t the question. Personally, I would have said, “You know, for a man who talks about a 21st Century Economy, don’t you find it hilarious that Obama is such a luddite when it comes to automation? He talks about the workers like he’s some Bolshevik in 1917. Doesn’t sound very ‘Progressive’ to me.” But that’s me.
The truth is, any one of those three would be a far better President than anyone running on the Democrat side.
Like many of you I think it is time to fold up the tent on the Undercard Debates. At the same time, until Iowans actually head out on caucus night on February first, not one single vote has been cast in this primary season. In fact, the primary season hasn’t even begun and won’t for another seventeen days. No candidate should be counted out until the votes are cast. But I think after the primary season begins, the RNC would be wise to tighten things up and simply not include people who are polling way down in the basement. But that’s just me.
I’m gearing up for the Main Event, and will be bringing you my thoughts on that Debate (plus a poll) when it’s done.
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