The CNN Gang Bang in Tampa

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I watched most of the debate last night. It didn’t go down well from a Republican perspective. Drudge has it up as the Texas Thumpin’ in Tampa. OK, maybe that’s what it was. Seemed more of a political gang bang with Perry as the target but to be fair, I am a Perry guy. The debate results are only natural since the Republicans let themselves be roped in to a “Tea Party” debate with questions from CNN. At least there weren’t any tea bagging questions. Can we assume that at the least the RNC made that a condition?

Perry survived although he was a bit weak on the defense of his Gardasil mandate. Yeah, with the country burning down around us, that seemed to be the big issue. Really? Michelle Bachman thought so and pretty much accused Perry of issuing the executive order because the maker of Gardasil gave him a $5k campaign donation. According to Bachman, on the slimmest of evidence (none) Perry isn’t just a whore, he’s a cheap whore to boot. That will likely be seen as not a great moment for her as people reflect on her attack. It seemed so over the top as to be desperate.

Perry took more heat from the gang over the Texas law that allows the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates. Perry said he would rather see them as productive citizens rather than on the government dole. The bill was passed with an overwhelming majority by the Texas legislature eight years ago, before the immigration issue reached the high boil level. The courts force Texas to educate the children of illegal immigrants through grade 12. If the kids do well and want to go to college, should they pay a premium to go to college in the state that paid for their primary education? We aren’t talking about a few kids here. There are three million illegal residents in Texas.

Candidate Rick Santorum got his “big government run amok” shot in on Perry for Gardasil and Romney challenged Perry’s record on jobs. Mr Santorum has no traction and so what. Romney? I guess we must expect as the elite Republican’s candidate that he would pick up talking points from the DNC.

Mr. Herman Cain had a good debate although some of his stuff like his 9-9-9 plan is sounding scripted. Sharpen it up and hang in there Mr. Cain.

Ron Paul finally jumped the shark, not so much with his constant jabs at Perry but he was roundly booed when he took up the Code Pink mantra of blame America. Huntsmen was the ongoing dud that he has been. It wouldn’t bother me to see both of these guys stand down.

It seems a sure bet that CNN is happy this morning. The left leaning network boosted its viewership and probably helped knock a few points off the frontrunner, Rick Perry. They did so with barely a glove being laid on Obama. The RNC and the elite leadership are no doubt feeling a little more comfortable since the cowboy from Texas got taken down a peg. It’s fair to ask when the Republican leadership was right on much of anything.

Add it all up and it comes out as a bad night for Republicans and constitutional conservatives focused on defeating Barak Obama.

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texasgalt
Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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Lady Penguin
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September 13, 2011 2:08 pm

They’re deliberately distorting the Gardasil story. I believe that one reason why Perry “mandated” it was to make sure that Medicaid paid for it. Medicaid does cover a number of young people at risk, regardless of whether we want to accept that or not. Perry has since said that it should have been a legislative process, not executive. I can forgive, especially as he has admitted as much. What’s the matter with our side, do we really want arrogant SOBs who do everything wrong and never admit it? In that case, vote for Obama and the Dems in 2012. There… Read more »

LadyImpactOhio
September 13, 2011 5:03 pm

I wanna know why these candidates are crawling into bed with CNN. Didn’t they learn their lesson last week with MSNBC?

takkat
September 13, 2011 6:43 pm

Right on target TG. I’m fit to be tied over this debate debacle. The candidates are taking their eye off enemy #1 – Obama. This is, as you aptly point out, to the delight of the left and its media. Yeah, Bachmann, you took Perry down a couple of notches but to whose ultimate benefit? Yours? Hardly. DUMB DUMB DUMB. By the way, you gotta have the experience to get the critique. Perry has a resume to attack, fine. But can’t the candidates do it without a smear? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for vetting but making crass, unsubstantiated… Read more »

takkat
September 13, 2011 11:13 pm

Bachmann now using her attack as $ raiser. Yuck.

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