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AdLib On November - 9 - 2011

And now for something completely different…

…a GOP debate!

The GOP candidates debate tonight on CNBC at 5:00pm PST/8:00pm EST.

This may be a very interesting debate, not due to the tired talking points they will all spout but due to the changing currents and momentum in the GOP field.

With the ongoing sexual harassment scandal, Cain looks to be going down for the count as even an outside possibility for the nom so a position to the right of Mitt Romney in the Tea Party’s musical chair is opening up. Who will step up in this debate to take that seat? Will Perry make a comeback? What about everyone’s favorite reptile, Newt? Is it Rick Santorum’s turn at the front of the Crazy Parade?

They may come out throwing elbows tonight to grab that anti-Romney vote so move all the breakables from around your tv and join us here for an evening of yelling at the tv and live blogging!

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. MurphTheSurf3 says:


    The General Verdict by the Media Punditry
    —Romney was self assured and confident
    —Gingrich was well spoken and provided complex answers…­.

    Thanks for the in-depth analysis


    T­heir positions on the auto industry re-financi­ng (shouldn’t have done it) while standing in the state of Michigan was outrageous­…

    Their positions on the housing collapse (let the market rule- no restructur­ing, no refinancin­g, needs to collapse) was incredibly calloused and insensitiv­e….

    Their failure to recognize the nature of the global economy as one of deeply entwined national markets, government deficits, trade etc. was foolishly nationalis­tic or just plain pandering to the crowd. ….

    Neithe­r mentioned the sources of the recession unless they could pin the blame on Obama or his allies- nothing about the monster deficit from the Bush Years that became the mega-monst­er debt of the Obama years….

    Nothing about the dangers of too little regulation­, or supervision….in fact cries for even less of both…

    ND what about the suggestion that we should start a currency and trade war with the first place holder of the nation’s debt, China (followed by Japan, he UK, OPEC, Brazil, the Caribbean Banking Consortium­).

    Romney’s business career was one of grabbing up companies, tearing them down to their most profitable core and then selling them.

    Gingrich has never been in business (except that of marketing himself through his pointless faux-net company).

    FINALLY….Did you notice that the entire group seem to be both blind and deaf to the real needs of real people in the middle and lower class?

    The only people they addressed are the job makers, the business community, the investors…..they are the only ones they actually see or hear.

  2. KQuark says:

    BTW nothing shows conservative enthusiasm is waning more than RedState not even doing an open comment story on the GOP debate. I’m telling you folks the GOP voters are not happy at all with these candidates.

    • bito says:

      The final take from the CNBC live blog:
      By: Mark Koba
      Senior Editor


      9:58 PM/ET: So the question for the pundits will be who won or lost. There was no clear loser, but if there’s a clear winner it may be Herman Cain, for now. In light of the allegations, he seemed to find support among Repubs and that’s going to help at least until something else happens. If he does falter, than Mitt Romney seems to have the heart as a second choice of this crowd.


      • SallyT says:

        I think a winner is going to be Jon Stewart. He is having so much fun with Cain’s press conference yesterday, I can’t wait to watch him tomorrow on the debate and Perry!

  3. KQuark says:

    It sounds to me the clear winner in all these debates is President Obama and the Dems. The more these characters debate the more absurd they sound compared to the standing president. If I was the Repug strategist I would tell them to scale back the debates.

    My new prediction is the the GOP nomination process will be virtually over in a month when Romney wins a plurality of the vote in most of the primaries. As bad as Romney is, he’s the only candidate not shooting himself in the foot all the time. The GOP will be satisfied with his ridiculous attacks on Obama like he does not want business to make profits when they are making record profits.

  4. Sabreen60 says:

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this here, but it’s pretty funny -- the debate in 68 seconds and the meltdown by Perry. I didn’t watch the debate, but the 68 second video told me all that I need to know.


  5. bito says:

    Romney has never flipped or flopped on women’s reproductive rights, right!

    This is Mitt’s 2002 Planned Parenthood questionnaire.


  6. Weirdwriter says:

    The moderators were good, but the format still fails. There needs to be more time for following up and holding feet to the fire.

    Also, I say do away with the stoopit partisan audience.

    17 more GOP debates? I dunno that my liver will hold out.

  7. SueInCa says:

    Night all, I have had enough of the GOP for one day. Sleep well everyone

  8. SueInCa says:

    I could never do a GOP debate. I would spend too much time asking for explanations of their wacky ideas, then taking a bottle of adavan to calm myself down.

  9. funksands says:

    The next debate the audience will boo the moderator if he/she asks Gov. Perry ANY questions. They are nothing but loyal.

  10. I think the GOP has gone into a debate overdose. The more debates they have, the dumber each candidate shows themselves to be. They should be trying to hide these cretins as much as possible!

  11. funksands says:

    Its really not fair to the other candidates when Gov. Perry breaks out the extra-large knuckles.

  12. SallyT says:

    Well, Gov. Perry, this debate has wrapped you up like a Mummy. They are just waiting for the sarcophagus to arrive to ship you home to Texas.

  13. SallyT says:

    Cain, “Europe is suffering from the same thing we are suffering.” Yes, Cain, they are…..GOLDMAN SACHS!

  14. AdLib says:

    Well, that was possibly the worst debate so far. The moderators just didn’t know how to nail the liars and evaders that are the GOP field.

    I mean, Herman Cain is allowed to answer a question about how to stop manipulation of the stock market by saying “999” and “Grow the economy”? Cramer tried but you can’t just yell at them they’re being evasive, you need to put them on the defensive and Cramer failed.

    Poor debate performance by all involved and smarmy Mitt lied his ass off trying to appear moderate yet RW. Still, he has now cemented his 25% support even firmer.

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