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Good Lord this was the worst debate I think I’ve ever watched.The audio was terrible. When the audience clapped the sound of the candidates faded away. The charts and polling was silly. Too many bells and whistles and too damn many candidates on the stage.Did you know Gary Johnson intends to balance a budget? Whoopitydoo.Rick Perry was a train wreck in this debate. He flubbed his response on Romney flip-flopping. He got the first question tonight and stumbled. Good grief.Romney did so much better than Perry. So much better. But I still cannot believe these candidates have pulled their punches on Romneycare. He’s getting a free pass on it. But his answers on so many questions, while smoothly delivered, were Democrat like.The winner is Herman Cain. The audience loved him. Other than his question on Israel, Cain’s answers really were out of the park awesome. He provided the most uplifting moments and the most memorable lines, with substance included.Biggest two surprises of the night? Rick Santorum came off like a jerk. He was way too angry on every answer, even those times I fully agreed with him. He was just angry.Jon Huntsman gave some very good and substantive answers.Lastly, if Newt Gingrich could operate like he debates he’d be President.There are still 15 minutes left, but I’ve had enough. I guarantee the last question will be just useless. This was miserable all around.Please click here for the rest of the post.
The Greenberg/Carville-sponsored poll certainly does have a good deal to say about the current state of House races, albeit from as positive-towards-the-Democrats position (Hotline called it ‘sugary spin‘) as possible. For example, for all of the talk about how ‘cool’ the electorate was towards Republican incumbents the truth is that they’re averaging a 40/32 approval/disapproval rating, and that the generic Congressional vote went from 48/42 Republican/Democrat in 2010 to 50/41 R/D today (which is up from 46/44 R/D in March). And while the poll will happily tell you that Greenberg & Carville’s recommended message will shift that advantage down to an even-steven 45/45 R/D generic Congressional number, what they don’t mention is that the last time they polled this survey they were able to ‘turn’ a 46/44 R/D into 44/47 R/D. In other words: things have gotten subtly worse for the Democrats since March.As Hotline said: sugary spin.Please click here for the rest of the post.
Next week will begin public meetings regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will be a pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries.As I’m sure you can expect, the freaks are going to come out of the woodworks. The left is already giving them their talking points.Please click here for the rest of the post.