Open thread: The CNN YouTube freak show debate; Update: Private jet show of hands video added; Update: Biden tells gun owner he “needs help”; Update: I’ll meet with Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, says Obama

posted at 6:36 pm on July 23, 2007 by Allahpundit

7 p.m. ET. God help me, this one might actually be worth watching. So relentlessly and absurdly have they been hyping it that CBS’s Public Eye blogger had to resort to a Buckwheat analogy to explain it. Behold the cherry on top of the doofus sundae.

Given the inevitable leftwards tilt to the questions and her rock solid status as frontrunner, Hillary may be in for a rough night. Speaking of which, have a look at this post by Kos and consider the possibility that she’ll be attending Yearly Kos while skipping the upcoming annual DLC “national conversation.” Why is that significant? Because not only is the DLC the flagship centrist Democratic nonprofit group, not only did Kos vow last year to destroy it, but it’s been a key supporter of the Clintons dating back to Billy Jeff’s presidency — to the point where the Glacier herself is the current chair of the group’s Dream Initiative. She attended the “national conversation” in 2005 and 2006 and gave the keynote address in 2002 but as of this writing she’s still not listed as one of the speakers next week. If she skips it to please the nutroots it’ll be a total capitulation, a de facto admission that the hard left and not the center owns the party now. And I know a special lady whom I’ll be reminding of that fact at every opportunity.

Anyway. No “John Doe” rules here: if you’re watching and you see something that merits clipping, say something by sending us an e-mail. I leave you with Lonewacko‘s fearless predictions. Play along at home.

Q: How many video questions will feature people wearing masks? (My answer: 3)

Q: How many will feature either a puppet, a muppet, an animated character, or similar? (My answer: 1)

Q: What are the chances that my entry will be shown? (My answer: 1/infinity)

Q: How many questions will not be greeted with a sigh of relief by the candidates, as they go on to say “Good question!” followed by their standard stump speech? (My answer: none).

Update: They actually ran this crap.

Update: That’s a whole lotta hands.

Update: Greasy Joe shows his appreciation for the Second Amendment.

Update: Here’s a little something else for those “Republicans for Obama” to snack on. World Apology Tour ’08, baby.


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Q: How many questions will not be greeted with a sigh of relief by the candidates, as they go on to say “Good question!” followed by their standard stump speech? (My answer: none).

LOL

peski on July 23, 2007 at 6:44 PM

Q: What are the chances that my entry will be shown? (My answer: 1/infinity)

Bummer dude, for a sec there I thought there might be a chance we could catch a glimpse of the great Allahpundit! ;P

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 6:46 PM

I won’t watch it. It won’t be honest, it won’t be representative, and it won’t be anything other than a scripted dog and pony show. In my opinion, watching this masturbatory circle-jerk would be tantamount to watching the imam friday motivational down at the ye olde mosque.

Due to my semi-morbid curiosity, I’ll catch the comic relief lowlights later or tomorrow though.

SilverStar830 on July 23, 2007 at 6:51 PM

What’s the over/under on the number of times the questions revolve around “Bush’s War”?

1000? 10,000?

Tman on July 23, 2007 at 6:54 PM

john david stutts

jummy on July 23, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Ok I have seen enough.

That opening was craptastic.

F15Mech on July 23, 2007 at 7:03 PM

there’s a debate?

marc@hubsandspokes on July 23, 2007 at 7:03 PM

Hillary! has worked hard to bring people together? I am not entirely sure she understands the concept.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:09 PM

At some point, somebody is going to nail Obama for citing his experience as a state legislator. What’s next, his high school summer jobs?

rw on July 23, 2007 at 7:10 PM

It’s so sad that someone shot Buckwheat.

frankj on July 23, 2007 at 7:12 PM

on the attack

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:12 PM

I just noticed, Hillary does not have the Howdy Doody jaw anymore. Wonder where it went!

This has been more educational that I had hoped.

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 7:12 PM

Mike Gravel! We need more Mike Gravel!

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:12 PM

let them go

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:12 PM

hagel anyone not guess that

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:13 PM

Edwards has become a cartoon character.

Pitter09 on July 23, 2007 at 7:15 PM

I can’t bear to watch…seriously.

SouthernGent on July 23, 2007 at 7:15 PM

No, it won’t hurt Hagel’s reputation.

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 7:15 PM

Joe Biden, “At the risk of hurting his reputation…Chuck Hagle”. Don’t worry Senator, you can’t hurt his reputation.

How is Johnny Edwards going to fight ‘the powerful’? Send Elizabeth to do it for him.

And that Dodd video was, what’s the word, lame.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:16 PM

Hillary Clinton just said she’s against big government. I guess socializing the nations health care doesn’t count in that equation.

SoulGlo on July 23, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Reparations?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Are they going to let Obama dodge reparations like he is?

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:18 PM

are you kidding me. Yeh pull your dam pants up and I’ll give you a dollar.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Wow, the crazy elf says yes and everyone else dodges it.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:19 PM

High school debate teams could run circles around this! Ugh!

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:19 PM

katrina, katrina, katrina – 20 mins in.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Wow, they’re already deep into “America is racist! Bush hates Black People!”

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 7:20 PM

Katrina’s last name was Bush, there they go again!

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 7:20 PM

did he just say predictable

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:21 PM

Really, Dodd? What was Nagin’s excuse when he failed to evacuate them, and failed to make sure he placed buses in places?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:21 PM

Gordon Brown is a racist. Or something.

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 7:21 PM

does insurance companies loan money

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:21 PM

When are they going to ask non-race related questions?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:22 PM

what the hell

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:22 PM

Because, pardon me if I put national security before reparations.

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:22 PM

The Katrina controversy has been molded and manipulated by the left. Not unlike the war. They are able to create their own version of fact and it gets legs. Katrina has now become a myth for the most part.

Pitter09 on July 23, 2007 at 7:22 PM

Bush, hit again, he hates blacs

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:23 PM

Dang, Bush ruined the black race in just 7 years.

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 7:23 PM

I love how CNN is using this to ask questions they don’t have the balls to ask. Are you black enough Obama and enough of a chick Hillary?

And Obama handled the ‘are you black enough’ very well. Disingenuously but well.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:23 PM

Hilary, you could run as a man.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Obama never says how he would do that. He just makes promises, and all I hear is “higher taxes”.

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:24 PM

None dare challenge the Holy Democrat Trinity of Race, Class, Gender. Three in one, one in three, Socialism for thee!

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 7:24 PM

“if elected president, what will you do to prevent republicans from chaining black women to their trucks and dragging them to death?”

jummy on July 23, 2007 at 7:25 PM

edwards trying to get the vp nod again

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Edwards stalls, panders, wants to raise minimum wage to $9.00+? MADNESS

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM

I love how Edwards made the Hillary/Obama question about him. You can see how he was a successful scumbag trail lawyer.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM

Ooh. That’s gonna hurt Edwards.

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM

I want someone to ask who uses more hairspray, Clinton or Edwards?

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM

Race, gender and poverty pimps…..(shaking head)

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM

None dare challenge the Holy Democrat Trinity of Race, Class, Gender. Three in one, one in three, Socialism for thee!

Amen

SouthernGent on July 23, 2007 at 7:27 PM

This whole debate’s going to be about race and gender, isn’t it?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:27 PM

congress needs a race, would any of you get a raise with a 20% approval rating.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:27 PM

Edwards: If you won’t vote for Hillary cuz she’s a woman, nor the Messiah cuz he’s black .. i don’t want your vote.

Oh man … that’s rich.

ps – I’ve programmed my tv to make monkey screams every time Hillary speaks, so I’m not sure what she’s saying.

yo on July 23, 2007 at 7:27 PM

i may move out of the country if dennis was to win

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

It’s like Kucinich is mainlining crazy.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

If Hillary’s going to be such a great advocate for women, why wasn’t she as First Lady?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

is he talking to the screen like they are there

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

“the last eight years, we have seen free speech subverted and dissent punnished as ‘treason’. if elected president, what will you do to quell this sort of intollerance polluting our airwaves?”

jummy on July 23, 2007 at 7:30 PM

are you kidding me, a preacher asking for gays to marry

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:31 PM

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

I was thinking the same thing.

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:31 PM

Edwards: I wanna do what that other guy said he would do, an what my wife said, that one time.

So brave.

yo on July 23, 2007 at 7:31 PM

are you kidding me

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Oh, he’s their token clergy. The Democrats are so proud to have one on their side.

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Why did Silky just slide in that his wife is pro-gay marriage? Manly.

And they ambush him with the guy in the audience? CNN is not loving the pony.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Wow, this is a load of liberal deck-stacking as only CNN can do.

Bias? What Bias? I see no bias…

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 7:32 PM

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 7:32 PM

Your special glasses fell off, hurry put em back on!

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:33 PM

Wait…wait. Obama’s against gay marriage?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Could CNN pander any more to the furtherest left part of the Dems?

All we need is a truther.

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 7:34 PM

great time for me to finish my illegal poke game on line

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Obama, gay marriage is up to the state.

Interesting. Isn’t that what Bush said?

yo on July 23, 2007 at 7:34 PM

[SoulGlo on July 23, 2007 at 7:17 PM]

Health care? Rush was talking today about Hillary’s proposal to nationalize pre-school — $28B to the states to take it over and then beg the Fed’s to help fund it for an eternity.

Hill’s a socialist.

Dusty on July 23, 2007 at 7:34 PM

If you watch this with the sound muted and Motorhead’s “No Remorse” CD turned up to 8 it’s actually not that bad.

Oh yeah, a 12 pack of Pacifico Clara doesn’t hurt either.

Its pioneer day tomorrow in Utah. Everyone has the day off!! Thanks Mormons.

Sammy316 on July 23, 2007 at 7:35 PM

that was quick at least i won $8

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:35 PM

These guys are fantastic (for lefties) when it’s free fire pandering. But the second they get challenged and have to pick between the far left (their base) and the majority of Americans, none of them is good at reconciling the differences.

The nutroots really have painted them in a corner.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:35 PM

Hey, did you guys see the Vlogger row CNN set up for Liberal vloggers? It’s made up of multi-color beanbags. Seriously..

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:35 PM

A real man of God, and he is for homosexual marriage!

What a laugh.

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 7:36 PM

anyone else glad to see the commercial break, the best thing yet

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:36 PM

“if you are elected ppresident, will you move to recognize the rights of people to keep ferrets and or marry them?”

jummy on July 23, 2007 at 7:36 PM

If Hillary’s going to be such a great advocate for women, why wasn’t she as First Lady?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

She used to hate women then. So many of them parading in and out of the Oval Office and all…

IrishEi on July 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM

Obama, gay marriage is up to the state.

But abortion is NOT!

SouthernGent on July 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM

lol sound went out online on the replay of the obama quote

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM

Edwards: If you won’t vote for Hillary cuz she’s a woman, nor the Messiah cuz he’s black .. i don’t want your vote.

yo on July 23, 2007 at 7:31 PM

Send them their money back then.

Dusty on July 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM

Its pioneer day tomorrow in Utah. Everyone has the day off!! Thanks Mormons.

You mean a vote for Mitt, will get us another fed holiday.

HOW COOL!

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 7:38 PM

The nutroots really have painted them in a corner.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:35 PM

Agreed. I am so sick of Republican whinning that only this or that nominee can beat Hillary. Damn, this could be the weakest, furthest left group of clowns I have seen in my lifetime.

Partisans don’t win elections, Independents do.

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 7:38 PM

If Hillary’s going to be such a great advocate for women, why wasn’t she as First Lady?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:29 PM

Good point. Answer: it was politically expedient then.

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:38 PM

Woo hoo! Got the obligatory “Mission Accomplished” BS crap tossed in there.

Good night to be a fringe lunatic.

yo on July 23, 2007 at 7:38 PM

They still haven’t figured out that Bush isn’t running for 08!

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:39 PM

Um, why is someone from Africa asking questions?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:39 PM

stop talking to the dam screen dumb azzzz!!!!

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Oh good Darfur. Now they can pretend they are tough and will use the military…so long as there’s no national interest at stake.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Diplomacy will solve Darfur.

Richardson: done and done.

yo on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Could CNN pander any more to the furtherest left part of the Dems?

This is a Dem debate, for Democratic voters, so the issues that those voters value should be broached. Pandering to the far left would be asking GOP candidates about Libby and pardons, which either/both CNN or/and MSNBC did ask.

rw on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Good point. Answer: it was was NOT politically expedient then.

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:38 PM

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

“When will the Americans get here?”. Oh, so now they’re in favor of policing the world?

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

what will you do to quell this sort of intollerance polluting our airwaves?”

jummy on July 23, 2007 at 7:30 PM

First they are going to “correct” the insolence shown by such parvenu as Rush and the rest.

pedestrian on July 23, 2007 at 7:40 PM

blackwater says they can do it

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 7:41 PM

Yeah, China they’ll help. Of course Sudan bought them off with OIL already so I am not sure how that will work out.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 7:41 PM

Where is Tommy, does he not have a question.

His friend dingy harry wants to know!

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 7:41 PM

I don’t want to hear about Darfur, when they don’t give a damn about Iraqi genocide if we leave.

amerpundit on July 23, 2007 at 7:41 PM

no genocide in Darfur, but its ok in Iraq

ctmom on July 23, 2007 at 7:42 PM

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