Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emerged strong from this debate, coming across as reasonable, compassionate, humble and humorous. If G.O.P. leaders knew what they were doing, they'd throw in with this guy and get him some dough. (See my colleagues at TAPPED writing on this phenomenon earlier in the day.) Thankfully, their own elitism will likely prevent party leaders from giving the former preacher the nod. After all, Mike ain't no fortunate son. Rudy Giuliani might have gotten away with throwing abortion law back into the states and endorsing gun control had he not come out swinging at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over the hiring of undocumented workers as groundskeepers at the governor's mansion. Even though the base is likely to consider Romney suspect on this issue, as with abortion and his religion, Giuliani cast more doubt on his own character than Romney's when he played so rough right out of the gate, especially considering his own claim to fame is as mayor of a...
In a breathtaking moment for us queer folk, a question submitted by an openly gay retired brigadier general was aired by Anderson Cooper , who is rumored to be gay. The general not only challenged the "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy; he did so by turning the tables. Why, he wanted to know, did the candidates not trust the professionalism of American soldiers to work with gay men and lesbians? As it turns out, the good general was in the audience, and when Cooper gave the elderly gentleman -- who served more than 40 years in the military -- the microphone, Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr (ret.) was booed by an audience of Republicans. There's your patriotism for you. --Adele M. Stan
As Dana blogged, an African-American father and son asked the candidates how they would end the "war at home," which they named as "black-on-black" crime. This gave Mitt Romney the opportunity to display a breathtaking combination of stupidity and condescension, when he spoke of how lucky the son was to have a dad standing with him (presumably, seeing as he is black and everything). Then he said he would win the war by "giving moms and dads". (See update below.) What?! BTW, if Mitt is elected, I'd like him to send me a puppy -- 'cause the world would be a much better if all single people had puppies. UPDATE (11/29/07): What Romney actually said, according to the CNN transcript: "And it's time in this country that we go back to the kind of values that allow kid to have moms and dads." Still pretty dumb. --Adele M. Stan
A half-hour into the Republican YouTube debate, every question has dealt with paranoia over the delusion of a disintegration of American sovereignty, whether by a perceived invasion of people "with funny accents," to paraphrase Mitt Romney , or by an alleged conspiracy to create a North American Union on the order of the European Union, as Republican candidate Ron Paul has suggested . --Adele M. Stan
Hmmm...a sanctuary mansion sounds to me like a good thing...like, maybe, what Jesus was talking about when he said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Sounds like a sanctuary mansion to me. --Adele M. Stan