The first Republican GOP (“Grand Old Party”) Presidential Candidate Debate of the 2011 season aired last night.
I wouldn’t normally… ok.. I have never watched something like this in my entire life, because I don’t care. Ultimately, there will be a Republican selected to run against President Obama, who will win or lose. That’s how Presidential elections go in the USA.
I’m interested this time because I became interested in what the Republican plan for 2012 was going to be the day I found out they selected Sarah Palin to attempt to become Vice President of the United States of America, running with John McCain.
I knew they were going to need a plan, because as soon as I found that out and heard and red the very first information about Palin, I knew that the Republicans knew that they were going to lose the election, so they threw up a “Hail Mary”, which is a football term, meaning you’re desperate, and you send your receivers sprinting down the field and you throw the ball up in the air as far as you can towards the end zone and begin praying, thus “Hail Mary”.
As soon as that happened, I was like “Oh well.. So much for them. \o/ Obama wins. Now, they have four years to come up with an actually good idea”.
I think Sarah Palin’s entertaining. I really do. However, if she was the best they had to try to bolster McCain’s chance of being elected, that means they didn’t have anybody GOOD that wanted to run with him, which meant they didn’t have anybody groomed for 2012 either, so I just *KNEW* they were going to have some kind of fantastic candidate this time that was actually going to be a viable challenger to attempt to defeat President Obama.
I still wasn’t paying attention until people started complaining that Obama didn’t make the CHANGEs he said he was going to make. At that point, I wanted to know whether it was because he changed his mind, or just wasn’t able to make things happen.
I’m sure there was a little of both involved, but the thing that stood out the most to me, and that’s most relevant to last night’s debate, is that the Republicans have a majority in the Congress, so they can effectively block lots and lots of ideas that The President has, and it looks to people on the outside as if nothing was done, when, in fact, things have been done, but were rejected..
Rejected, like when Obama said he wanted to speak before last night’s debate, and Republican John Boehner, Speaker of the House, was like “Nah.”
hahahaha ok.. Boehner said a little more than “Nah, Prez, I Ain’t Feelin’ That.”
If you’d like to read exactly what he wrote, click here => http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/239537-presidents-letter-requesting-joint-session-of.html#document/p2
Essentially, what he said was that there wasn’t going to be time to consider The President of the United States of America’s request before the time when he wanted to speak, but that he could offer him an invitation for the next day, Thursday, to address a Joint Session of Congress.
Now.. I’m sure the Republicans feel all fresh & fly about “dissing” The President and they’re slapping five and patting backs and all that, but what they don’t realize is that this situation played out in the media instead of behind closed doors… It’s now on public, obvious record, to even people that watch TMZ, that the Republicans have enough power to veto something that President Obama wants to do.
I don’t know if that was the Democrats’ plan, but that’s a technique I use all the time.
I bait people. I ask them for things I don’t really want, just to see how they react to it.
You think I can’t meet that chick on my own? 😀 .. I don’t need *YOU* to hook *ME* up! 😀 .. I’m asking YOU so I can find out whether you’re gonna fess up or not.
If you would have asked me, I would have said I’ll give her your information, and good luck with your rap. If you’re somebody I actually know, and I think y’all would be good together, I’ll most definitely put in some good words and endorse you to her.
In fact, if you’re sweating the girl I’m talking to right this second that badly, I’ll introduce you to HER and go do something else, so maybe you can get some happiness in this life.
So, if I say to you “Can you introduce me to this chick?”, or “Can you put me in business contact with this person?”, or “Can I speak first on the same day that you already announced that you were going to speak?”, I’m just TESTING. YOU.
Home Team Advantage
The debate was carried exclusively on MSNBC. When The President.. ANY PotUS speaks, you can flip through 2,5,7,9,11,CNN, C-SPAN, and all other kinds of channels and see their live feed of the speech…. If President Obama would have felt like speaking first, he would have SPOKEN FIRST! >:D
In fact, he could have started BEFORE the Republican CANDIDATE debate and finished AFTER their debate, so the real value here was getting it on record that Republicans are not being accommodating to the ideas of the current administration = WIN.
Secondly.. When you’re about to speak about something, it’s better for you to know what the other team’s going to say, so you can make intelligent remarks to counter their position and/or make their plans look stupid.
When you’re a kid, this is known as “last licks”. If you know that you’re the last one to speak, you can go for broke, because there’s no rebuttal.
So.. Instead of accepting the GIFT of finding out what President Obama was going to say, so they could have addressed it in the Candidate Debate directly afterwards, they decided to have him speak TWENTY-THREE HOURS LATER, so his speechwriters could have a field day, literally, an entire FIELD DAY with what the Republican Candidates said or didn’t say.
dumb. Watch what happens. I’ll be surprised if they don’t get roasted like Trump.
So, anyway.. I’ve been waiting for this debate for a few weeks now, so I could hear these Republican Candidates plead their cases in front of people that weren’t specifically selected to make them look good and clap every time they said something.
I was actually surprised that there are so many candidates left! 😀
The way they made such a big deal about Tim Pawlenty dropping out of the race after the Ames, Iowa “Straw Poll”, I figured that everyone below him would have evaporated already, only leaving Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, & Ron Paul.
I was surprised to see Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich on the stage. I like what Jon Huntsman is saying, but he’s not going anywhere past VP. I don’t think I’ve heard a peep from or about Rick Santorum since the day after he came in 4th in the Straw Poll, which was almost an entire month ago.
I’m glad that they honored Nancy Reagan. 🙂 That was touching and proper.
oh… Speaking of propers… Did anyone else hear Rick Perry pronounce “props”, which is short for “propers”, which is short for “proper respect” as… prOHps instead of prAHps? o_O
When they asked Perry about some military situation President Obama dealt with, I could have sworn he said something like “I’ll give him pROWps on that”! 😀 hehehe
Anyway.. The debate was worth watching, with my short-form opinion being that this is now a two-candidate race between Perry and Romney.
Huntsman, Cain & Gingrich made strong statements. Ron Paul made a couple also, but they swept him under the rug, as usual. Santorum was barely given any airtime at all, and Bachmann talked about whatever she wanted, instead of what she had been asked about.
NOW is the time for the Republican hopefuls to start making concrete statements about actual policies and plans that they have for getting Americans back to work, whether that’s swinging a shovel or not… “I’m Not Obama” is going to get you on the stage, but it’s not going to get you your party’s nomination, and it *CERTAINLY* isn’t going to get you elected President.
You’ve been claiming to have good cards in your hand.. Now, it’s time to show them if your goal in being a part of this process is more than increasing your book deal and lecture circuit fees.