Wednesday, May 16, 2007

south carolina debate coverage from human events Rudy McRomney Is No Conservative Mike Huckabee Impresses Again More About Huckabee

Those are links to some excellent commentary summarizing last night's GOP debate. My thoughts:

1. I've said it before, and I'll say it again--Ron Paul is a stark raving mad lunatic who has no more business being America's Commander-In-Chief than does Cindy Sheehan. Sheehan might even be a little more qualified than Paul. A real highlight of the debate for me was when Rudy Giuliani tore into Paul after Rep. Cuckoo's Nest made the absurd statement that America brought 9/11 on ourselves. Ron Paul believes that if we just ignore Islamofascism, they will go away and leave us alone. Ron Paul believes that it is American foreign policy that causes Islamofascists to hate us and want to kill us. Not only is Paul nuts, he is dangerously ignorant about the factors which motivate radical Islam. The jihadist terrorists want to kill us because we are a Christian nation, and because they hate our freedom. The fact that Ron Paul doesn't understand this immediately disqualifies him from any political office above the level of dog catcher. The people who keep sending him to Congress year after year should be ashamed of themselves.
2. One more point about Paul. He says that it was the Iraq issue that cost the GOP the 2006 election. He's wrong, and I can prove it. Romney and Giuliani poll at the top of the GOP candidates, while Paul is at the back of the pack. If America overwhelmingly supports our immediate withdrawal as Rep. Cuckoo's Nest says it does, he should be the favorite. He's not. Go back to Texas, Ron!
3. Mike Huckabee impresses me more and more every time I watch him, and he was one of the two most impressive candidates last night (Romney being the other). Huckabee made a big point of talking about how he cut taxes 94 times in a blue state, and I do admit that's an impressive record. I misjudged the man at the outset of this campaign, and I regret that. He has been the most consistent and the most polished principled conservative out of the 10 and, if I were voting today, he is the guy I would vote for.
4. Mitt Romney is by far the most "visually appealing" candidate of the 10. He looks, speaks and acts like a President and I find myself very much drawn to him as a candidate. The man is impressive! There's just one problem--he's not a conservative. I agree with him 100% on national security issues, and I think he would make a fantastic Commander-In-Chief, but he worries me on economic and social issues. I don't trust him to make the right choices on judicial appointments. I don't believe for a minute that he is pro-life. When Romney praised Pres. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program, I got downright nauseous. He's not a principled conservative. He's got a pretty face, and he would make a great leading man in a Hollywood movie, but he's no conservative.
5. Ditto Giuliani, minus the pretty face, and John McCain, minus the pretty face and the stable temperament.
6. Best line of the whole debate---Easily, it was Mike Huckabee saying that Congress spends money like John Edwards in a beauty shop. OUTSTANDING!!! The other highlight of the debate, as I stated before, was the exchange between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani. It was funny to see the other 8 candidates try to jump into the skirmish, but the moderators waved the red flag before the feeding frenzy could get rolling. Too bad; I would have liked to see Paul get his clock cleaned by all of the other candidates on this vitally critical subject.

Final thought--Bravo to FOX News for the way they handled the debate. The questions were tough and to the point. There were no softballs. When Giuliani dodged a question, Chris Wallace called him on it ("Please take an additional 30 seconds, Mr Giuliani, to actually answer my question." Ouch!). The lesson here is that you don't have to be a radical socialist like Chris Matthews of MSNBC to ask tough questions of GOP candidates. You just have to be fair. And tough. And intelligent. Strike three, you're out Comrad Matthews!

Final thought 2--Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich will both be official by the end of summer. It will be interesting to see them mix it up with the others who are left.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is a good Christian man who has the courage to tell the truth. He does not deserve to have his words distorted. We should pray for him, that God would give him courage and stength and peace.

5:57 PM  
Blogger hondo said...

Ron Paul may very well be a good Christian man. I never said that he wasn't. I just said that he's nuts. I never distorted his words either. He said that 9/11 was a result of American foreign policy, and that we brought it on ourselves. That's an ignorant statement.

As for the prayer request, I wholeheartedly agree. I pray that Paul will get the help he so desparately needs, and that God will give him wisdom.

7:30 PM  

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