Republican candidates debate on CNN last night

Posted on: June 14, 2011

Last night’s Republican candidates debated on CNN but the biggest loser in this debate was the way CNN handled the debate. Sitting  through two hours of excruciating make believe frivolity, made me think if this is the way CNN handles debates what will they do for Presidential debates? Give soft ball questions to the President, give hard hitting questions to the Republican and throw in “fun stuff” to keep us peons entertained?

As Ed Morrissey’ column so eloquently said about last night’s debate, “The biggest losers at last night’s CNN debate were the people who tuned in for political enlightenment, and ended up watching a two-hour game show.  CNN’s moderator, John King, had me thinking of Rudyard Kipling and “good old grinnin’, gruntin’ Gunga Din” — but without the ironic redemption.  Any political insight  got lost in King’s continuous “uh uh uh uh uh” soundtrack that kicked in within seconds of a Republican attempting to speak.  Not that there was much insight to be had in a format that insisted on asking “This or That?” questions, such as “Thin crust or deep dish?””

When John King and the producers decided it would be “clever” to add “This or That” questions, I nearly fell out of my chair. Who cares what the politicians think about asinine likes or dislikes such as American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. I don’t care if Newt Gingrich prefers watching American Idol, does that make him more hip or not?

Then when John King would ask a question in about ten seconds you could hear him grunting away his “uh,uh” until it became distracting that I yelled “Be quiet!” For heaven’s sake let them answer the question without interrupting them. Don’t you know you have a microphone on and we can hear you breathe as well as grunt!

All in all the debate last night didn’t give me any insight on who would be the best candidate because the questions that were asked couldn’t be answered in 30 seconds. Newt Gingrich much have shocked every liberal on CNN last night when he said that he would not include a Muslim in his administration because radical Muslims don’t believe in our Constitution and their aim is jihad. I could just see the staff at CNN turning blue from shock.

I thought Michelle Bachman did well and of course announced that she is running for President. You have to watch out for Rick Santorum, not too many people give him a lot of credit but he does hold his own and has some really good ideas – he may be the dark horse in this race. Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty were able to express their philosophies well. Herman Cain and Ron Paul seemed to try to defend themselves and make points. And Newt Gingrich seemed to be irritated. I don’t blame him, why did he agree to do this silly debate with CNN? It seemed to me to be a big waste of time.

If this were a game show I hope all of them would come back next time to a real debate to show us what they have to offer.


1 Response to "Republican candidates debate on CNN last night"

Let them answer? None of them answered a thing, except Ron Paul, and I think he answered just 2 questions. This is how it went: Question, “What would you do to fix….” Answer, ” I voted this way…Obama failed that way… but no answer to the question.

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