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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I’m sure someone has already called Gravel cocoo for cocopuffs already , but Jesus Christ…

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:16 PM

bummer I was hoping for more videos of Gravel throwing rocks into a lake.

CaptainObvious on July 23, 2007 at 8:17 PM

Wow. Biden got choked up over his favorite teacher.

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 8:17 PM

“Who is your favorite teacher? and why?”

Softball!!!!

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 8:17 PM

This is pa-the-tic.

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:17 PM

John Edwards’Daddy worked in a mill?

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:18 PM

I know nothing of no child left behind. Is it a joke?

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 8:18 PM

If the general election comes down to Edwards and Thompson and I have to listen to two grown men talk about their daddy for 6 months I will shoot myself. After I take all you out.

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 8:18 PM

No Child Left Behind question or rather…here’s your chance to kiss the asses of the NEA.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:18 PM

John Edwards’Daddy worked in a mill?

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:18 PM

with extra southern accent to boot

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:19 PM

I want to see St. Cindy ask them the questions.

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:19 PM

When is the “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” question going to come? Or did I miss it?

LegendHasIt on July 23, 2007 at 8:19 PM

Ted Kennedy is devoted to Johnnie Walker Black.

Sammy316 on July 23, 2007 at 8:20 PM

key point kenndy wrote the bill, it sucks

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:20 PM

sure. some softball no child left behind question. no chance we’ll ask them about vouchers, is there?

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:20 PM

“Well of course, if elected, I promise to throw as much money to the teacher’s unions as possible…”

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Chelsea went to Sidwell Friends…

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:20 PM

which is private.

Okay Hillary admitted it.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Deftly done on public/private schools Obama.

Too bad you all oppose vouchers and get your cash from unions.

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 8:22 PM

give vouchers, obama. then everyone can get their kids into a decent school, senator or not.

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Right, the reason Chelsa Clinton went to private school was the press.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:22 PM

If senators can get their kids into any good public school, why do yours go to private school. Hmmmmmm Obama? Because it’s five minutes away? You could afford to drive them to any public school, so how is private school the best option?

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

My father would bust my @ss if I didn’t graduate…we need more fathers.

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Wow! Gravel makes some sense! Competition in education, whoda thunk it?

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Dodd has a wife and children in kindergarten?

Sammy316 on July 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

A psa for Planned Parenthood.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

I thought the reason Chelsea went to private school was to protect her from Rush Limbaugh listeners.

LegendHasIt on July 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

Ye olde Planned Parenthood schill.

Probably fresh from protecting a 22 year old rapist by “fudging” a 15 year old’s age and “fixing” their problem.

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

has edwards answered a question without mentioning his wife?

CaptainObvious on July 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

Biden could have gotten away with the “I’m a practicing Catholic, so giving my kids a Catholic education is important.”

Instead he went into the personal loss thing….thought that was a little weak.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:25 PM

My father would bust my @ss if I didn’t graduate…

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

My father DID bust my @ss on a daily basis. Good lord, I hate to think what he would have done if I hadn’t graduated.

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:25 PM

Obama takes the bait. Nice.

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 8:25 PM

I thought the reason Chelsea went to private school was to protect her from Rush Limbaugh listeners.

LegendHasIt on July 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

And the gangbangers at DC public schools. Oh and the lousy teachers. But sure, let’s blame Rush and the press.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:26 PM

A deliberately deceptive psa for Planned Parenthood.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

They’re in the business of killing children, not protecting them.

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Hmmm, a talking snowman.

Why the hell not.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:26 PM

what in the HELLLLLLLL!!!!!

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:26 PM

OH CRAP! A snowman? He looked like a deranged “Mr Bill”.

csdeven on July 23, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Redstate update, lol. Nice.

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Doesn’t it just say it all that they think “global warming” is the biggest issue facing the world. Eyes wide shut, head in sand.

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

you tube has certainly elevated the tone of our political discourse. thanks so much ,CNN

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

so the dems will take questions from snowmen but not from FOX news channel.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

Oh, this is going to hell in a hand basket fast!

synycalwon on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

I think Kucinich is nuts but I bet his fellow members of the Elfin-American community are very proud.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

Oh great. Mr. Bill asks about global warming. Maybe sluggo will set the candidates on fire now.

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

Snowmen! haha

df4jc on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

Gravel’s a fair-taxer???

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:28 PM

why does hilery get a step stool and dennis does not

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:28 PM

The Planet is Melting! MELTING!!! Melting… melting…

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:28 PM

To Clinton: Are you feminine enough? “I couldn’t run as anything other than a woman.”
Her answer drew a challenge from former Sen. John Edwards, who said he was the best advocate for women on the debate stage. “I have the strongest, boldest ideas,” he said.

Edwards actually challenged Hilary on who is the bigger woman! He is such a…..

Butt Pirate!

peacenprosperity on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

gravel bitching about not getting questions appears to be baseless.

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

YEAH! What about light bulbs!

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

That idiot from S.F. is basically asking, ‘How much are you willing to screw the economy to score political points with people who don’t understand science or economics?”

And Chris Dodd answer…a whole damn lot of damage.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

Yeah, let’s “punish” the oil industry, heh heh heh….

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

“how many people took a private jet to get here”

LOL

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

all of them

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:29 PM

OH PLEASE let the snowman question be the vid for this thread !

I want to see Hillary and Obama pandering to snowmen

William Amos on July 23, 2007 at 8:30 PM

YEAH! More TAXES! A carbon tax. How about a MORON tax?

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:30 PM

yesterday lol

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:30 PM

Andy shut Hill off, lol

Dersu on July 23, 2007 at 8:30 PM

did they edit these youtube clips down for time? why are they jumpy?

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:31 PM

edwards, we could store the waste in your basement. I hear it’s big enough.

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

did they edit these youtube clips down for time? why are they jumpy?

TexasDan

Yeah, they have edited out stumbles, stutters, pauses, etc.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Hi Sean from Ann Arbor.

There has not been a scientific consensus on global warming.

Thanks.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Nuclear power plants are built better than Silky’s hair-do.

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Doesn’t it just say it all that they think “global warming” is the biggest issue facing the world. Eyes wide shut, head in sand.

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 8:27 PM

These morons are gonna bankrupt this country.

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Socialism is a helluva drug…

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:33 PM

I didn’t think people from Berkely lowered themselves to the level of using the bathroom.

Sammy316 on July 23, 2007 at 8:33 PM

Hillary was serious about taking the oil money. and you’re..agnostic about nuclear power? you don’t think the existence of nuclear power can be either proven or disproven?

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:33 PM

every time a candidate proposes increasing taxes, drink.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:33 PM

Hey Silky…the reason nuke plants are so expensive and take so long to build is idiotic lawsuits around them. You know…caused by lawyers and enviro nuts.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:34 PM

“Why don’t all states vote the same way?”

It’s called Federalism honey, look it up.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:34 PM

“What will you do to standardize voting?”

A: “Anything that is easily riggable by Democrats.”

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 8:34 PM

the burning issue of our time. standardized voting across the states.

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

every time a candidate proposes increasing taxes, drink.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:33 PM

Yea, while you can afford to.

BacaDog on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:34 PM

A-Man!

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

while the presence of non-citizens voting in our elections goes…unmentioned.

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

did he just say same day registation. oh we hate black people again. what if they got what they wanted and the rep wins in a land slide.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

Yeah, voting machines at Starbucks! Woo-Hoo!

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

Wait, why are all the woman in the audience ugly hags?, oh yeah — never mind.

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:35 PM

yes!!! commercials!!!

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Hillary is going to be unstopable, she will be the nominee, the question is will she be president?

zane on July 23, 2007 at 8:37 PM

you don’t think the existence of nuclear power can be either proven or disproven?

lol

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2007 at 8:37 PM

I completely understand now why Fred hasnt declared as a candidate. He doesnt have to participate in this stupidity.

William Amos on July 23, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Isn’t it interesting how we make our candidtes perform for us? By the time Clinton’s administration wrapped up, we were tired of the performance, and W was refreshingly genuine. But now his lack of communication skills are really wearing thin. I think Mitt is a decent candidate in that regard…

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:39 PM

I completely understand now why Fred hasnt declared as a candidate. He doesnt have to participate in this stupidity.

William Amos on July 23, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Yea well that and if you were 60 something and your wife had a rack like that would you leave home?

JackStraw on July 23, 2007 at 8:40 PM

They’re baaaacckk!

CyberCipher on July 23, 2007 at 8:40 PM

increasing the minimum wage means that business hire less people.

I learned that in Economics 100.

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:40 PM

I’m not familiar with voting law. Can the Fed Gov force standard voting techniques on the States without showing that the various techniques currently used are demonstably inadaquate?

jaime on July 23, 2007 at 8:40 PM

Minimum wage…this will be easy for them. They’ll start a bidding war. I say start the bidding at $14.50/hour! It makes as much sense as any other number.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:41 PM

How about manditory minimum wage for illegals, would you go to bat for that, Senator?

Dork B. on July 23, 2007 at 8:41 PM

is it just me, or where they have an argument over who’s poorest?

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:42 PM

So… Biden’s net worth is less than his annual salary?

Either he is a complete idiot or an absolute master at hiding assets.

LegendHasIt on July 23, 2007 at 8:43 PM

Ah, so flat tax man also wants a “living wage.”

These people live in the world of static economics. They don’t realize that wages are the largest expense any employer faces.

A living wage is impossible. A living wage requires price controls, and such price controls would bankrupt every single business owner in America.

BKennedy on July 23, 2007 at 8:43 PM

If a democrat becomes President, God willing, conservatives everywhere should push them to work for minimum wage.

df4jc on July 23, 2007 at 8:43 PM

*were

John from OPFOR on July 23, 2007 at 8:43 PM

I completely understand now why Fred hasnt declared as a candidate. He doesnt have to participate in this stupidity.

I didn’t know he was running as a dem

Spirit of 1776 on July 23, 2007 at 8:43 PM

dems…increase minimum wage, hike ss taxes. why am i not surprised? plus, obama’s second reagan reference. Isn’t he afraid of getting struck by lighting or something?

TexasDan on July 23, 2007 at 8:43 PM

i make $200,000 a year and pay a hell of alot of taxes. I paid $15,000 in SS tax last year how much should i pay lady.

kara26 on July 23, 2007 at 8:44 PM

Has there even been one question from a conservative perspective?

infidel4life on July 23, 2007 at 8:44 PM

Oh thank God! A bi-partisan commission for Social Security. That’s a new idea.

Drew on July 23, 2007 at 8:44 PM

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