Open thread: The New Hampshire debate

posted at 7:30 pm on June 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

8 p.m. ET on CNN, the Romney pile-on begins in earnest — or does it? The frontrunner’s supposed to be the universal target, but if I were a Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain whose candidacy depended entirely on Iowa, I’d worry less about attacking the guy with the light footprint and more about the guy who desperately needs to win there to launch himself nationwide. Pawlenty vs. Bachmann, round one.

It runs until 10 p.m., but if you’re worried about getting bored, don’t be:

There will be, of course, the audience and the moderator, CNN’s John King. But just before the stage is something the CNNers have dubbed “The Red Zone,” where a group of registered Republican voters will be sitting who have not yet chosen a candidate. Big emphasis on that last part from Bohrman, who made it known that the network had gone to considerable effort to verify the open-mindedness of the Red Zoners and ensure that CNN didn’t get punked. The Red Zone is a sort of a living, breathing, real-time focus group. But it is not only that! The Red Zone folks aren’t going to just sit by, passively, stewing about Obamacare. Oh no, they’re not. They’ll get to ask questions of the candidates during the debate.

You know who else will get to ask questions? Three groups of Republicans who have been empaneled by CNN in three cities around New Hampshire: Plymouth, Rochester, and Hancock. (Bohrman wanted to get the entire town of Dixville Notch, which would have been cool, but it didn’t work out. Maybe they don’t have Twitter up there.) Anyway, these three groups will be watching, hawk-like, and the candidates will also be watching them, because they’re going to be looming over the stage like Big Brother on a gigantic 27-foot-by-16-foot television screen.

Oh, but they’re not all that’s going to be looming over the stage on giant 27-foot screens. You know why? Because there are TWO giant 27-foot screens, and the other one will be devoted to a Twitter and Facebook stream curated by CNN’s own Bryan Monroe. (The hashtag will be #CNNDebate, by the way.) So you, too–or anybody!–can ask questions of the candidates. Or just embarrass them for ducking, if that’s what they do. Monroe made clear that he’ll be including all sorts of comments–so you if you want to shame Romney for some weak dodge on health care, you can do so IN GIANT LETTERS ON A BIG SCREEN RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE.

In other words, we may actually see the word “RINO” materialize behind a candidate tonight if his/her answer is unsatisfactory. The idea of what might show up onscreen when Gingrich is speaking is alone enough to make me faint with anticipation. Greatest debate ever?

While we wait, dive into NRO’s interview with the editor of New Hampshire’s most influential newspaper. He’s awfully cool to Palin’s chances, but winning NH would be about as important to her as winning Iowa would be to Romney. I.e. not very. Exit question: Why on earth didn’t Jon Huntsman participate tonight? He hasn’t declared yet, I know, but then neither has Bachmann. And unlike Bachmann, New Hampshire is crucial to his viability; this is the perfect chance to introduce himself to the state, and he’s passing. Bizarre.

Update: Ah, almost forgot the obligatory debate drinking game link. Follow Matt Lewis’s instructions and you’ll be rocked within 10 minutes.

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Does anyone know much about Bachmann’s legal career? I know she has an LL.M. in tax law, which is an advanced law degree on top of her J.D. In other words, unlike Obama, she is qualified to be a real law professor. I don’t know what kind of campaigner she is, but it’s a mistake to underestimate her intellect.

flyfisher on June 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM

No, no, no! Stop falling into the credentialist trap. Being president does not require advanced degrees, and intelligence is not reserved to the degreed.

alwaysfiredup on June 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Typical. All that book learning is dangerous! Them there educated folks they know magic that makes voo doo stuff happen, then our crops die for no reason! Witches! Burn them!

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM
and you are still insane

djohn669 on June 14, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Typical. All that book learning is dangerous! Them there educated folks they know magic that makes voo doo stuff happen, then our crops die for no reason! Witches! Burn them!

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Is a Romney voter really lecturing somebody about magic & voodoo?

Really?

tetriskid on June 14, 2011 at 1:06 AM

cain/romney/gingrich on muslims in government

On this VERY important matter, Cain and Romney punted. Gingrich scored a touchdown. No guts, no glory.

HalJordan on June 14, 2011 at 1:08 AM

PDS, my friend. It’s not just for lefty haters anymore.

Jaibones on June 13, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Do you know how cowardly and intellectually dishonest your statement is? Didn’t think so.

AshleyTKing on June 14, 2011 at 1:09 AM

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

We are, its called the Palin Party. Thanks for the advice. You will be on the outside looking.

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Lol. Look who’s talking.The guy who stalks every Palin thread.

If what you say is true, then why did CNN ask abt her? You fail.

And yes, I would love to hear from you why u think Bachmann is electable.

promachus on June 14, 2011 at 12:12 AM

CNN asked indirectly about her, and Pawlenty used the time to mostly criticise Biden.

I’ve never said Bachmann was electable, because I don’t believe she is.

She’s not quite as flawed as Palin (who is?) in the electability department, but she has two major weaknesses- Lincoln was the only President to be elected out of the House with no other major qualifications, and she’s too familiar with the taste of her own foot.

She did well tonight. Not perfect, not even great, but better than expected. She still won’t be President in 2013.

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:41 AM

1) This particular format is TERRIBLE when wishing to read through the comments here in Hot Air.

2) Am I the only one here who views 0bamneycare as being McLame 2.0?

We’ve got a long way to go before we can even begin to hope to beat down the 0bama Regime. :o(

DannoJyd on June 14, 2011 at 1:43 AM

We are, its called the Palin Party. Thanks for the advice. You will be on the outside looking.

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Yeah, the folks at Jonestown thought it was a party too.

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Yeah, good summation of Palin AND Bachman. I like them both, but they are not first tier.

As much as I like Cain’s gonads, he’s not either.

Bottom line for me from this debate is the Romney is the front runner for a reason, even though Real Conservatives (like me) will have real problems with him.

Newt & TPaw did ok, but did not separate themselves in any way. Room for them in the Admin? Yeah. VP, maybe. President? Probably not.

peski on June 14, 2011 at 2:35 AM

I didn’t watch the Vice Presidential sweepstakes. None of these people can be serious contenders.

For conservatives to win this election, the nominee must be Gov. Palin or we simply lose. All this talk about her “negatives”. What negatives?? The electability issue. What exactly is unelectable about someone that has held elected office for nearly 20 years? These are all memes pushed by both the MSM and the GOP in a lame attempt to quiet Palin and discourage the conservative base.

Trust me, when Gov. Palin announces, it will be momentous. She will not run a traditional campaign and it will be glorious. Bank it. Palin/West 2012.

long_cat on June 14, 2011 at 2:46 AM

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

So you agree with Petunia? Nice. Birds of a feather. You want a separate party.

What happened to all those cries for unity. You have done your share of damage in that regard ranting like a child on multiple sites.

You have got to be sipping some nasty brew yourself to be so unhinged with rage all the time. What kind of nut taunts fellow conservatives to form their own party and then bitches about unity. That’s suicidal.

PS: Palin would take T-Paws lunch money.

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 2:47 AM

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

So you agree with Petunia? Nice. Birds of a feather. You want a separate party.

What happened to all those cries for unity. You have done your share of damage in that regard ranting like a child on multiple sites.

You have got to be sipping some nasty brew yourself to be so unhinged with rage all the time. What kind of nut taunts fellow conservatives to form their own party and then b!tches about unity.

PS: Palin would take T-Paws lunch money.

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 2:48 AM

long_cat on June 14, 2011 at 2:46 AM

Agreed.

Geochelone on June 14, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Typical. All that book learning is dangerous! Them there educated folks they know magic that makes voo doo stuff happen, then our crops die for no reason! Witches! Burn them!

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Now this is a fun and entertaining troll! Incoherent and insane. Much more funner than the boring one with the uncited poll numbers.

kim roy on June 14, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Today’s GOP: Home of the Circular Firing Squad.

Obama’s best chance for reelection is that enough of us manage to alienate our own so that unity is impossible, and a significant part of our base won’t participate because of it.

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She’s not quite as flawed as Palin (who is?) in the electability department, but she has two major weaknesses- Lincoln was the only President to be elected out of the House with no other major qualifications, and she’s too familiar with the taste of her own foot.

She did well tonight. Not perfect, not even great, but better than expected. She still won’t be President in 2013.

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Lincoln wasn’t really elected “out of the House;” he had served a single term more than a decade earlier. But “qualifications” were different then, anyway. Today the United States federal government is the world’s largest enterprise. Only China, Japan, and India have total GDPs larger than our federal budget. So anyone without strong executive experience is so far over their head they won’t be able to function – at least a state governor, major city mayor, general . . .

Interesting that of the sitting members of Congress, House and Senate, elected President, none has ever finished a single term. Garfield, Harding, and Kennedy all died in office. If Obama makes it to 1/20/13, he will be the first.

Adjoran on June 14, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Yeah, the folks at Jonestown thought it was a party too.

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

This is an intellectually bankrupt statement.

karenhasfreedom on June 14, 2011 at 4:23 AM

Romney is a joke.

Gedge on June 14, 2011 at 4:38 AM

petunia, are you somehow under the impression that a degree proves intelligence? Are you able to gauge someone’s intelligence on your own or do you rely on a others to tell you who is and isn’t intelligent?

blink on June 14, 2011 at 3:27 AM

Frankly, I’ll take integrity and wisdom any day over either, intelligence or a Wizard of Harvard Degree.
Most of the job is taken care of by the more qualified folks a president surrounds himself with anyway.

Our problem with democracy (Iknow – it’s a republic)is that in order to drive the car, you have to tell the idiots what they want to hear – the system stinks, and as any astute fool knows -it can, and is, being manipulated and abused -foam pillars and Photoshopped messiah-like haloes indeed!

The answers that we didn’t hear loud and clear last night, that are essential to our fragile survival, were that: all of our freedom, including property and monetary, stems from one thing only – our being unique creatures made in the image of Nature’s God. It is from that alone and that only, that we derive the right not to be controlled in any other manner from a abusive government – the principle of subsidiarity is the economic and human key to our freedom.

That includes certain fiscal and moral responsibilities on our part, and the absolute right to life, trumps any other freedoms.

The second practical part is that the PC weapon of the left is a cruel and manipulative control game and must go if we are to survive.

The third is that freedom cannot exist with a derilect and agenda driven media. Citizen review – isolate the abusers -it is way past time.

Don L on June 14, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I didn’t watch the Vice Presidential sweepstakes. None of these people can be serious contenders.

For conservatives to win this election, the nominee must be Gov. Palin or we simply lose. All this talk about her “negatives”. What negatives?? The electability issue. What exactly is unelectable about someone that has held elected office for nearly 20 years? These are all memes pushed by both the MSM and the GOP in a lame attempt to quiet Palin and discourage the conservative base.

Trust me, when Gov. Palin announces, it will be momentous. She will not run a traditional campaign and it will be glorious. Bank it. Palin/West 2012.

long_cat on June 14, 2011 at 2:46 AM

Palin would be the best candidate by far. I hope that the ticket is Palin/Perry. (That said, I am pulling for Perry if Palin fails to enter the race. And I would want a Perry/Cain ticket in that case.)

Theophile on June 14, 2011 at 5:55 AM

I didn’t watch the Vice Presidential sweepstakes. None of these people can be serious contenders.

For conservatives to win this election, the nominee must be Gov. Palin or we simply lose

I agree. On MSNBC they can’t stop talking about —- her!
Joe Scarborough NOW thinks she’s “going to be a serious player”. Wasn’t too long he was playing the “let’s not talk about her she’s so silly”.

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 6:32 AM

When the GOP stops trying to legislate religion, tell people who they can or cannot fall in love with, bailout failing companies, refuse to tax sensibly, and oppose new energy development, is the day they can actually say they’re for small government & personal freedom. Until then I can’t even vote for my own party.

mythicknight on June 14, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Hey Marcus=
missed the 1st the hour…genie liked romney and bachmann…

cmsinaz on June 14, 2011 at 7:13 AM

I can smell the fear emanating from the Obama/LSM crowd. After seeing the real Bachmann last night, she is clearly not only the biggest threat to their lock on the female vote, but she can hang with the more well known candidates. There isn’t another politician that can make that claim.

Buh bye Palin. Bachmann’s numbers will be pushing yours within a month.

csdeven on June 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

genie liked romney and bachmann…

hee-hee. Is that the blonde ditz in the sleeveless bright pink sundress?
I about choked when they started to talk about how well Bachmann did and she had her eye-roll and “oh, geez!” and the rest of the panel looked at her and she goes “Oh, don’t get me started!” and they played clips and said Bachmann did well and Mika naturally does a “oh, she did do well!”.

The woman is a 1st class idiot.

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

When the GOP stops trying to legislate religion, tell people who they can or cannot fall in love with, bailout failing companies, refuse to tax sensibly, and oppose new energy development, is the day they can actually say they’re for small government & personal freedom. Until then I can’t even vote for my own party.

mythicknight on June 14, 2011 at 6:46 AM

You forgot the lefty talking point of killing off old people and minorities. Has the CPUSA disbanded? If not, you’ll certainly have a party candidate to vote for.

mossberg500 on June 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Buh bye Palin. Bachmann’s numbers will be pushing yours within a month.

csdeven on June 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

You’re delusional. Palin wasn’t THERE last night and Morning Joe, Jon Stewart – Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin. Joe Scarborough is even being KIND.

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

no argument here…she’s getting more cranky by the day

cmsinaz on June 14, 2011 at 7:20 AM

no argument here…she’s getting more cranky by the day

cmsinaz on June 14, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Mika’s on the show for one reason: “I’m Mika! And these are my boobs!”
They all look at her like she’s from another planet. It borders on comedy.

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Quite revealing how well Sarah Palin did, without actually being there.

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 7:28 AM

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:26 AM

heh

cmsinaz on June 14, 2011 at 7:28 AM

When the GOP stops trying to legislate religion, tell people who they can or cannot fall in love with, bailout failing companies, refuse to tax sensibly, and oppose new energy development, is the day they can actually say they’re for small government & personal freedom. Until then I can’t even vote for my own party.

mythicknight on June 14, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Ummm, seems to me, you are pointing out some Dem weaknesses here. They are the ones who bailed out the failing car companies, expanded the scope of the tarp (Dems ran Congress when tarp was passed by the way), and are refusing drilling permits, killing coal, killing natural gas, subsidizing burning food for ethanol, etc.

So I guess you can’t vote for your own party, since you have to be a DEM!!!!

Wise up.

karenhasfreedom on June 14, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Morning Joe, Jon Stewart – Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin. Joe Scarborough is even being KIND.

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM

I don’t sully my eyes with the likes of Joe and John because they want the GOP name to be toxic.

csdeven on June 14, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Palin wasn’t THERE last night….

Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Additionally to this point….Palin is lucky she wasn’t there. The subject of her resignation would have been front and center. And her “shots and bells” answers don’t work on live TV and she wouldn’t have outsiders sitting to her side explaining what she really meant after the fact.

csdeven on June 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

[..]Today the United States federal government is the world’s largest enterprise. Only China, Japan, and India have total GDPs larger than our federal budget. [..]

Adjoran on June 14, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Sorry to do a pull-out from a longer paragraph, but you have stated the problem to a T with that.

The federal government should in no way, shape or form be that large outside of a global war, and then it should only be that large as long as hostilities are going on and then fall back to a tiny size thereafter.

It shouldn’t require a very good or excellent executive to manage the thing. And we should be able to survive electing a dipstick with no experience by that said dipstick not being able to get his or her hands on so much cash and power. The size is the thing that is dangerous, not the experience, or lack thereof, of a candidate or official.

When we have a federal government large enough so that such in-depth experience matters, then we are in a bind as any single experienced mistake will destroy us. The idea now is to get someone who will reduce the size, scope and power of the government and get it out of our lives so we can survive mediocrity. Because, lets face it, most of our elected officials are reflective of the body politic and it is mediocre at best and awful for its norm.

Stop looking for geniuses and start looking at the problem.

ajacksonian on June 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Buh bye Palin. Bachmann’s numbers will be pushing yours within a month.

csdeven on June 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

I am having a hard time deciding between you and the media – who has the more severe case of Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS)?

Additionally to this point….Palin is lucky she wasn’t there.

I know she is living rent-free in your mind but lay off for your own good – hatred never helps. Get professional help, if needs be.

The subject of her resignation would have been front and center. And her “shots and bells” answers don’t work on live TV and she wouldn’t have outsiders sitting to her side explaining what she really meant after the fact.

She already has answers for any sensible question that you or the media have for her. And she will do perfectly fine in a debate, thank you for your concern.

Anyone who has taken the trouble to research her history (and I’m not talking about the Tina Fey version) will tell you that you underestimate Palin at your own peril. Ask the media how it feels to have egg on the face after going through thousands of her emails… LOL.

TheRightMan on June 14, 2011 at 7:45 AM

flyfisher on June 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Here’s more about Bachmann.

kingsjester on June 14, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Stop looking for geniuses and start looking at the problem.

ajacksonian on June 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

This is why this whole election has to be nationalized next year regarding the issues and theme. Only Newt talked about this last night. He pointed out to the viewers that without more Republicans in the Senate, and more in the house that are conservative, repealing obamacare won’t be able to happen. Not only that, there won’t be the compelling narrative to reduce the size of government. We have to have a super majority in the Congress to really eliminate 70 years of a keynesian ruling philosophy.

karenhasfreedom on June 14, 2011 at 7:46 AM

ajacksonian on June 14, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Excellent post! I agree with your analysis.

TheRightMan on June 14, 2011 at 7:52 AM

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary…

steebo77 on June 14, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Oof. Timmy just used the calling-me-vanilla-equals-race-card joke again on Fox & Friends. Oof.

steebo77 on June 14, 2011 at 7:56 AM

karenhasfreedom on June 14, 2011 at 7:46 AM

To fix the problem of a huge government starts at the local level, by electing Representatives and Senators who will work to do this. That means the President is only a part of the solution, not the end of it.

The problem is a national one, and as Presidential elections are national affairs, it must be discussed at the national level. The solution, however, starts at the local and State level, to elect people to get this government down to size.

I don’t want an awesome manager of an authoritarian State.

I want a small, lean and moderately capable government that will do its damned job. Thus I want candidates who treat their election as one to do a job, not a sinecure for a permanent place in the political landscape.

And I’m voting that way, too.

ajacksonian on June 14, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Hollowpoint on June 14, 2011 at 1:41 AM

I thought she did very well. I agree that I find her to be always a sound bite away from blowing her chances like the Hindenburg. But it didn’t show last night.

If she stays in Congress, as I expect she will, let’s support her on the Mother Of All Repeal Bills!

MJBrutus on June 14, 2011 at 8:04 AM

ajacksonian on June 14, 2011 at 7:58 AM

The 2010 elections at the state and local levels were a good start. The tea party is making its influence noted there.

karenhasfreedom on June 14, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Palin quitting is not a death blow – it is a positive feature.

When the enemy is overwhelming, wisdom and wise leadership demands a fallback to a more strategic position. MacArthur left Manila and Corregador under overwhelming odds – He returned at Leyte and stood on the “Big Mo”victorious when the Japanese surrendered in humiliation.

Any body wise enough to be a leader, when confronted by a groups of thugs in a back alley, isn’t going to hang around for her own funeral.

This is a straw dog argument by the anti-Palinistas seeking to take her down with the “quitter” lie.

What they fear most, is that she isn’t a quitter, in spite of their inept attacks.

Don L on June 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I’d be up for a Romney/Bachmann ticket.

AttilaTheHun on June 14, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Typical. All that book learning is dangerous! Them there educated folks they know magic that makes voo doo stuff happen, then our crops die for no reason! Witches! Burn them!

I really hope you people get your own party soon.

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

The worst project I’ve ever worked on was run by an academic. He taught Computer Science at a local university in the evenings. If there was a way to introduce bleeding edge technology, he jumped at the chance. A year later I had left the project, which was bankrupting the company. The more you complicate the system, the easier it is for bugs to slip in, and the more complicated it is to fix.

I’ll take a “real world” person with wisdom gained from experience over a “book learned” academic any day of the week.

And by the way… that “voodoo magic” that you made fun of was common sense agriculture that real world people already knew from experience that academics had to figure out. The real world people knew what worked. The academics didn’t.

And if you’re so hung up on book learning, maybe you ought to take a look at how the Republicans, a new third party, came to be out of the Whiggs. They split because the Whigg leadership wouldn’t move fast enough on conservative ideas, such as ending slavery. If you were so smart, you wouldn’t be making such a HUGE error in encouraging us to form a third party. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS DOING THAT. I’m a conservative first, a Republican second.

Once again, an academic doesn’t understand history. Why am I not surprised!

dominigan on June 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Today’s GOP: Home of the Circular Firing Squad.
Adjoran on June 14, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Today’s GOP: Home of corrupt crotch critters

FIFY.

I really do get a kick out of people forgetting that the GOP brand remains tarnished because of the way they worked to piss away tax moneys when Bush was our POTUS. The FACT remains that a new face is needed if we hope to win anything in the 2012 election cycle, that the Grand Old Party has nothing to recommend itself to the American voter today, and that only the efforts of the TEA party caused people to reconsider voting for more of the same as it would NOT be more of the same.

Instead of trying to get the American voter to hold his/her nose and pull the lever for a candidate they do not fully trust from a party that they threw under the bus in 2008, why not offer them something new? Why not give them someone who is popular today and will be more popular tomorrow? Why NOT support a Sarah Palin candidacy?

I guess some DO want to see a third party emerge. ;o)

DannoJyd on June 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

No, no, no! Stop falling into the credentialist trap. Being president does not require advanced degrees, and intelligence is not reserved to the degreed.

alwaysfiredup on June 13, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Typical. All that book learning is dangerous! Them there educated folks they know magic that makes voo doo stuff happen, then our crops die for no reason! Witches! Burn them!

petunia on June 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Tim_CA on June 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM

WTF? You’re on the same team.

Tim_CA on June 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I’ve checked Bachmann off the list. When she hired Ed Rollins – that was the deciding factor. Voters have to take a good hard look at who the Candidates select for their campaigns. This is a good indicator of the type of people they will have in their Cabinet and advising the. Ed Rollins is a political hack and a complete bottom feeder. Oh yes he has experience but he’s nasty and has a track record to prove how cut throat he can be.
I’ve written to Bachmann’s campaign about this but expect her campaign to be the SAME OLD SAME OLD with Rollins calling the shots. We need CHANGE in the White House but we don’t need dirty politics to get a Conservative elected.

IlonaE on June 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

For conservatives to win this election, the nominee must be Gov. Palin or we simply lose.

long_cat on June 14, 2011 at 2:46 AM

You’ve got to be kidding me.

There are many shades of conservative and at least half of them aren’t particularly fond of Palin. She would have a hard time winning the nomination let alone the general election. Few conservatives are as passionate as you to stay up well into the night to post comments praising about Palin.

haner on June 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Is a Romney voter really lecturing somebody about magic & voodoo?

Really?

tetriskid on June 14, 2011 at 1:06 AM

All I know is that Romney has 5 well-mannered and married adult children who aren’t prancing around on reality TV shows and having bastard children.

Maybe it’s all because of the voodoo.

I agree with petunia, I hope you guys have your own party soon too, and call it the Party of Idol (Palin) Worship, Hypocrisy and Fungible Moral Values.

haner on June 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

If mitt is our pick I wont bother voting, he is no different then Obama. Romney did the mandate care and flip -flop on abortion and is a believer in the fake man made global warming.
Tell me were the difference between mitt and Obama. He is a chameleon like Obama he will tell you what you want to hear not what he is going to do. He is a narcissistic lying rich boy who just wants to be president and doesn’t have a care for the country

pwb on June 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Why not give them someone who is popular today and will be more popular tomorrow?

DannoJyd on June 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Because Rock Star Palin is not popular. Her negatives are higher than any other candidate viewed as being open to a run.

csdeven on June 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

haner on June 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM

You didn’t address my question. What are her negatives? No one can list any, they just repeat the meme. You don’t like her personally, fine. Are you going to throw a vote towards the 0bama camp because of your personal disdain for a true modern day champion? Oh by the way, I’m on the West coast and HA records my time EST. What difference does it make what time I post anyway?

long_cat on June 15, 2011 at 1:02 AM

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