R- Debate (09/07/11) “The Official Grump-Analysis”
Source: “The Grumpy Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS)”
Motto of the GCAS: “Eccentricity is our most important product!”
The debate was held at the Orange County Convention Center located in Orlando, Florida – Which as we all know is the second largest convention center in the country.
THE MODERATOR/QUESTIONERS: Compared to the last debate, the moderators (Brett Bair, Megyn Kelly, & Chris Wallace) behaved professionally and asked great questions over a wide spectrum of issues. I was particularly impressed with those “word clouds” that were used to focus in on the issues most important to the public. Also of note was the idea that ordinary people got to vote on the questions being asked… I thought that was a nice (and important) touch.
Overall – IMHO, this was the best debate so far.
The PARTICIPANTS (alphabetically presented):
Michele Bachmann – I’m afraid she did not have a great performance… It was not a bad performance (IMO) – but it just didn’t contain any “oomph” and she did not score any big points.
Herman Cain – Wow!!! He really had a good night despite the moderators giving him just a few questions to answer. His answers on the economy, jobs, and even foreign relations were outstanding. He really came across as a natural leader!
Newt Gingrich – He didn’t get enough time, but what little he did get he used effectively and his responses were well received… he did prove that he is every bit a contender and deserves to participate at these debates.
Jon Huntsman – Time hog and RINO, he spouts off a lot… too bad he doesn’t realize that nobody’s listening. I wish he would not be invited to the next debate.
Gary Johnson – The word GOOFY doesn’t begin to describe him. A sad, befuddled man - overheard saying, “We are all here and united… except me… I’m on the Star Wars ride over at Disneyland.”
Ron Paul – He actually had a good night… I guess I can’t call him a lunatic anymore – so I’ll just have to pick another word for him: “kook, crackpot, head case, nut, screwball, loony tune, loon, and space case” are some of the ones I’m considering.
Rick Perry – He had a mediocre night. Sometimes he was on his game, but he fumbled badly on immigration and social security. He’s still in the “top tier” but unless he can convince us he really is tough on illegal immigration and has an actual plan for the future… I don’t see him winning many primaries/caucus’.
Mitt Romney – His usual unctuous, smooth and insincere RINO self. I really distrust his core values… assuming he has any that don’t revolve around himself.
Rick Santorum – He had a pretty good night… IMO he’s not going anywhere, but he does bring some great social-conservative values to the debates. I hope he can stick around long enough to move those moral questions up a few notches in the “great debate” about the future of this nation.
FINAL THOUGHTS: These debates seem to highlight the differences between Romney and Perry, with the other candidates regulated to subservient roles. I hope the next debate focuses equally on all the candidates and gives each the opportunity to detail their plans for their Presidency.
Truth be told, I’m not a big Perry fan… but I’d take him in a heartbeat over the uber-RINO Romney.
- Grump :o)
"I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question." - Yogi Berra, (Baseball Great and Philosopher)