…where we enter an alternate universe, would explain the lunacy that has become the Republican Party.
Yesterday, I had every intention of breaking down the Mitt Romney comment of “Corporations are people.” from this week. However, this comment is legally true (since 1819) regardless of how much it has changed over the years, or how ludicrous and controversial the precedent. I’m sure we’ll have ample time to discuss the insanity of human corporations in the future.
There was so much insanity from last night’s debate, so many non-answers, so many lies and half-truths, that I found it comical. I’ve watched nearly every national debate since 1996, and they are much more than propaganda pieces. Often times, they have the ability of truly defining a candidate’s idea aside from the daily media and campaign ads.
Debates are the most important part of the democratic process, in my opinion.
This debate was the true kickoff to the Republican primary season. Yes, you have the CPAC straw poll and there have been two previous debates. In all honesty, no one pays attention until the night of the Iowa Caucus results. But this was an important night.
Overall, Gingrich proved he has a command of the issues and the most experience on the stage. His negatives are too heavy, and I still don’t think the party will give him a shake. On the flip side, Cain has no grasp of the issues. I have no idea if he’s genuinely this conservative or just playing the role. It doesn’t matter. He has no idea what he’s doing. Huntsman is a joke. I can’t even read his responses without making a joke out of them. It’s embarrassing. Bachmann is still bat-shit crazy. Her debt ceiling philosophy will drive all pro-business Republicans away. However, she is very impressive with her oratory. She was the best one on the stage with words. Pawlenty swung for the fences against Bachmann, but she beat him back for the most part. Santorum proved that even a strict conservative understands compromise versus principle. Paul has the most logical analysis of the issues, but he is too libertarian for the Republicans. Like Huntsman, Paul has too many issue stances that will be viewed as too liberal for the conservative base.
Winner: Newt Gingrich
Runner-Up: Michele Bachmann
Honorable Mention: Rick Santorum
Loser: Jon Huntsman
2nd Loser: Herman Cain
Best Answer: Gingrich, on divided government.
Runner-Up: Gingrich, on debt ratio (10-to-1)
Best Entertainment: Bachmann vs. Pawlenty