It is dark in the IPTV studios isn't it? Also weird to not have an audience. Is this the first non-audience debate?1:11-
Mitt definitely colors his hair.1:13-
Alan Keyes. LMFAO. (Side note. Doesn't calling your TV show "Alan Keyes is making sense" in some way tacitly acknowledge that people think you're crazy.)1:14
Carolyn Washburn colors her hair much more drastically than Mitt.1:21-
If you don't like our live blog, check out Jonathan Martin's.1:22-
Changed our mind. Alan Keyes is an important addition to this debate. His swaying, ducking questions, oratory. It's all perfect.1:23-
SLAM from Fred. "You're getting to be a pretty good actor actually" to Mitt1:26-
Bored by the "free statement" section. Check out what Carolyn Washburn looked like then
. And then look at the TV screen. She's found the fountain of youth!! She's also the meanest moderator we've had to date.1:29-
Half an hour in. Only Fred's line stands out. So we're going to analyze ties. Huckabee, a Bushian solid light blue. McCain, Notre Dame solid gold.1:30-
Giuliani, an awful maroon and navy stripe. Who dressed him this morning? Get on that Comella! Fred with an almost as ugly blue, silver, and black stripe. Tancredo, a very preppy solid maroon. Hunter, a lighter maroon with a thin white stripe. Ron Paul with an absurdly shiny silver tie and some sort of blue/black thin stripes. Very ugly.1:35-
Whoa there is an audience. They've been quiet.1:36-
The global warming question is a total cluster. The candidates are bargaining for time!! Get a hold of your people Carolyn!1:38-
Good answer from Mitt on global warming. He's wearing a light blue tie with dots. Keyes is wearing a brown tie.1:39-
Final tie rankings, 1. Huckabee 2. McCain 3. Tancredo 4. Hunter 5. Keyes 6. Romney. 7. Thompson 8. Giuliani1:40-
Huckabee claims that its hard to believe in global warming when its cold out. Then says we need to be stewards of the earth. Trying to cut that pretty thin.1:46-
School choice, will Huckabee come clean that he opposed this in Arkansas?1:50-
Nearly an hour in. Not a single person has even tried to draw a contrast with Huckabee, the Iowa favorite, or Giuliani, the national favorite. You're running out of time fellas.1:52-
Everybody knows that Alan Keyes daughter is a lesbian and he disowned her right?1:56-
First shot at Huckabee. From Tancredo. On school curricula. zzz2:02-
Romney's going to end entitlements and illegal immigration year one. Ha.2:04-
McCain says we have a "cyberspace challenge." Too many snarky bloggers, Senator?2:09- Martin
brings up a good point. Nobody dinged Huckabee for for the NEA endorsing him.2:12-
Keyes is speaking in rhyme now2:13-
Romney makes a funny. When asked if he wants to respond to Keyes he deadpans "I'm not sure." Mitt also has a little verbal tick, he always says "Thank you" at the end of every question. Who is he thanking?2:14-
Who has bigger bags under their eyes. Ambinder thinks McCain
. We think Fred. Not get a lot of sleep last night fellas?2:15-
Is Huckabee religious? Haven't noticed.2:17-
Huckabee is winning this debate right now by default.2:18-
Is it more important to be a social or fiscal conservative? Here's Mitt's chance to take a shot at Rudy or Huckabee. Will he use it??2:19-
Why was Tancredo whispering in the video?2:24-
The McCain argument in a nutshell, "I can never think of a time where I have compromised my principals and I hope I never will"2:24-
Resolutions for an opponent!! Somebody take a shot!2:26-
Everybody is wimping out. Predictable.2:30-
Winner- Huckabee. He stayed on his religious, compassionate messaging. He didn't have to rebut any tough challenges from his opponents or from the moderator. He's the favorite.
Loser- The Des Moines Register. What a terrible debate format. Kudos to them for asking about issues besides God and gays, but besides that they get a thumbs down from the Cooler.
Other Notes- McCain was strong as he has been for a couple debates. Rudy didn't make any mistakes and handled the toughest question (disclosure) well. Romney gave some great answers, but didn't distinguish himself from Huckabee, so that's a loss for him. Keyes is a lunatic.
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