"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Red State Debate Analysis: Island of Misfit Toys

Check out Red State to view all of Erick Erickson's Horse Race comments about the debate last night.  This is just the opener:
Last night in Iowa, the Republicans debated. It was like the Island of Misfit Toys. Mitt Romney won the debate if only because Ames is apparently not big enough for two Minnesotans. The barbs between Bachmann and Pawlenty did them no favors.

Ron Paul embarrassed himself without even knowing it. The debate was a spectacle to behold.

And then there is Rick Perry. He wasn’t on stage, but he certainly had to be in the minds of the candidates. Jon Huntsman alone proved himself . . . well . . . I don’t think I can say the word . . . . let’s just say yuck.
Reading his comments about the debate last night made me chuckle as soon as I saw Ialand of Misfit Toys which be all accounts summed up the debate.  Erickson's analysis of each candidate was interesting especially the one of Huntsman who even sounds like Obama -- he has a plan coming:
Jon Huntsman

I have a bias against Huntsman and I readily admit it. But he comes across as greasy to me.

He showed his left leaning colors by mocking Rick Perry’s prayer event in Texas when asked about Perry.

And on the seminal issue of the election — the economy — the moderators asked him where his economic plan was. His response? It’s coming.
Maybe so, but not in time for a victory
Erickson's comments about Huntsman match mine.  Mocking Gov Perry's prayer even in Texas was a dumb move but something I would have expected out of a candidate that 'may' have supported Obama in 2008 behind the scenes to get his Ambassadorship to China.  He is way too liberal for me.

Erickson also doesn't believe that Palin will be getting in the race and I agree with that as well. 

His comments about the two Minnesotans had me chuckling as well.  Pawlenty and Bachmann obviously don't like each other, but Pawlenty is correct she has no experience to be President and has a very weak record.  Her reasons for signing a pledge for Cut, Cap, and Balance and then voting against it just shows she doesn't get it that sometimes as leaders you have to compromise even if you don't like the deal.  That is the way it is in Government which is something she doesn't get.  This time they took their squabbles to the debate which aired nationwide. 

Tomorrow in South Carolina at Erickson's Red State Gathering, Governor Rick Perry will be announcing officially he is running for President. This is a real feather in the cap for Red State and for Erick Erickson.

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