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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    The Debate Ahead

    By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
    Posted on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 05:26:55 PM EST
    Tags: Cain, character, debate, GOP, John Harwood, Maria Bartiromo, Michigan, sexual harassment (all tags)

    Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws

    Tonight, eight Republican presidential candidates square off again for two hours of highly structured questions and answers.  This time, the debate takes place on the campus of Oakland University and will be televised by CNBC.  

    What to expect?

    At a correspondents breakfast this morning, debate moderators Maria Bartiromo and John Harwood forecast that the debate would center primarily around jobs and the economy.  The Michigan setting lends itself to that discussion, since the Enchanted Mitten is home to a reawakening automobile industry and a burgeoning renaissance of its own, courtesy of a Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature.

    Still, we won't escape more questions on the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations.  Should this be a topic during this precious time?  Good question, but here's why I think these questions will get asked:

    1.  This is television, it's about viewers and ratings.  The prurient element is a big ratings-getter.

    2.  It's the topic of the day, especially with Cain's press conference yesterday.

    3.  The moderators will want to see whether the other seven will rise to the occasion (sorry about that) and try to take advantage of Cain's misfortune.

    4.  Voters are certainly interested in whether a candidate can handle a crisis, especially since Obama has demonstrated he cannot.  These unconfirmed allegations may not be worthy of much, it's hard to say, but this is a situation where a nonsubstantive issue bumps up against the need to discern character, composure, and integrity.

    We'll see how it goes.

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    I know that we'll find out soon enough... (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 05:52:23 PM EST
    ...but I see Willard try to take Cain down in the polls by finding some way to bring up these bimbos crawling out of the woodwork.

    If he and the republican blue-bloods don't want the same thing that dashed Hillary's presidential hopes to occur again, if not tonight, he'll need to start attacking Cain soon.

    Sorry I missed it, but . . . (none / 0) (#2)
    by The Wizard of Laws on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:53:00 PM EST
    . . .who's Willard?

    Play this clip in the media center... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by KG One on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 07:12:22 PM EST
    ...and crank up the volume!

    It'll definitely turn the heads of the republican elites around you.

    Danger (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Rougman on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 07:44:50 PM EST
    I am of the opinion that we conservatives cannot let unsubstantiated claims promoted by a leftist media interfere with our selection of a candidate. It is dangerous to do so. We should not cede this territory to the twenty four hour news cycle.  

    Every conservative candidate that climbs to the top of Romney opposition gets cut off at the knees by a willing media intent upon preventing a conservative candidate from making the ballot.  

    How surprised should we be that the communications arm of the democrat party dragged up these skanks and ran about 100 prime time hit pieces on Cain based on the unsubstantiated claims of someone named anonymous? Where were these women when Cain was running for the senate?  Where were they when he climbed ever higher in the corporate world?  Where were they when his radio talk show became ever more popular?  More importantly, where were they fifteen years ago when Cain was supposedly groping them or making untoward gestures?    

    Where was the muckraking media when John Edwards stepped out on his terminally ill wife who was undergoing cancer treatments? For that matter, why was discussion of Chappaquiddick taboo for all the years that the swollen-headed and oft inebriated Teddy Kennedy sat in the Senate?  Bill Clinton, a man who "didn't have sex with that woman" remained the champion of the media long after the stained dress was proffered, with their attention instead aimed at that unsympathetic and vengeful shrew, Linda Tripp.  

    "But," say the doubters, "we don't think Cain is necessarily guilty. We are just concerned about the unprofessional manner in which he responded to these very serious allegations."  Good grief.  The guy said immediately that he didn't do it and that he has never done it.  This is just the fruit of the media trying to create doubt.

    The media, for its part, would be much more pleased if we selected a candidate to represent us who is highly skilled at explaining the success of his disastrous health care initiatives, or one that can eloquently state his support of "efficient green jobs technologies" that use more energy than they create, are not green, that will have no impact on the climate, and that will destroy more jobs than they create.  That these slick presentations are based on fallacies is of little import to a media whose goal has somehow drifted from informing to persuading.

    I haven't decided yet on whom I'm going to vote for.  But, I'll be damned if I'm going to let Brian Williams, Martin Bashir, David Brooks, and those flunkies at Politico decide on who best should represent the Republicans in a system that they'd like to have mirror the process by which the mullahs screen presidential candidates in Iran.  These democrat mouthpieces have no skin in the Republican or conservative games.

    I think we conservatives will only survive if we refuse to pay attention to that man behind the curtain.

    Huh? (none / 0) (#5)
    by The Wizard of Laws on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 08:01:32 PM EST
    Rougman, are you suggesting I am part of the leftist media?

    • No, by Rougman, 11/09/2011 08:18:33 PM EST (none / 0)
    For those concerned about number 4 (none / 0) (#7)
    by JGillman on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 10:38:05 PM EST
    Ann Coulter is spot on.


    You MUST read this.

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