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Friday, November 16, 2007

Democratic debate

Let me just sum up every single Democratic debate thus far: the candidates spent two hours finding ways to somehow blame every problem posed to them on the Bush administration while avoiding ever giving an actual solution or answer to any questions.

In that vein, Hillary won tonight's debate, decisively, not because anything dramatic occurred but because nothing happened, again. All she has to do to win the nomination is coast her way to victory and the Democratic presidential field has no problem sitting around and letting her do just that. Obama can't break out of his "nice guy" persona to attack Hillary and show why anyone should care about him over her; Edwards' faux populism is wearing thin; and the rest are just wasting everybody else's time.

About the only interesting part of the debate was when Blitzer asked about the driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. Blitzer poses a "yes or no" question to Obama, who calls the question a "distraction" and goes on about how we need to focus on the larger picture. Wolf embarrasses Obama: "This seems like a question that would be a yes or no question."

Obama: "Yes, but" — there's laughter.

Edwards: Blah blah blah, we need comprehensive immigration reform. Says "no" to the licenses but "yes" to amnesty.

Clinton: "No." That's the entirety of her quote. As they always say at that moment in a movie about Artificial Intelligence when the computer begins devouring every single work of literature and science in history, It's... learning...

Kucinich: Says there are no "illegal" human beings, but even he dodges the question.

Biden: "No." And get this, he looked smug, if you can conceive of such a thing.

At one point, when Campbell Brown asks Hillary what she meant when she referred to "the boys' club."

The initial response: "Campbell." And a look so cold, it carried a wind gust from Canada with it.

There was another Hillary dodge to add to her last masterpiece from the last debate: asked straight up if she supports merit-based bonuses to teachers for outstanding work — which we can infer from her response is opposed by the teachers' unions — she answers, "I support school-based merit pay," by which she just means bonuses for teaching in places people don't want to teach, like the inner city.

Her answer is intentionally deceptive, of course. The unsuspecting — like, for example, Democratic primary voters — will assume that she does in fact support a merit-based pay system.

She answered "yes" when her answer was actually "no."

Hillary wins by default; Edwards is second; Obama gives a lackluster performance. Biden, Dodd, and Kucinich are running for Vice President.


Anonymous Georg M. Kush said...

Someone commented that Biden was "the most serious non-serious candidate up there", and I think I would agree (though I stopped watching the debate after forty five minutes).

He, Dodd, Kucinich, and Richardson are wasting everyone's time, though.

Sat Nov 17, 12:52:00 AM EST  
Blogger mAc Chaos said...

Biden does have adequate qualifications compared to the rest of the field, better than the front-runners. But he has this aura of smugness just rolling off him at all times and he probably records himself so he can listen to himself talk longer.

Sat Nov 17, 01:00:00 AM EST  

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