First, CNN's John King became the Joy Behar of politics; he was almost twitching to get them to be quiet and I was distracted by his constant "but...but............but...alright...but..." the second anybody went over a minute. How can any substantive response happen in one minute? It was like a Miss America contest.."What do you think the world needs!?" they had about enough time for "World Peace!:-)" The questions asked of presidential candidates deserve at least two minutes, don't you think?
CAIN: As usual, he was pretty vague. I'd like to hear a little more solutions and less his never-ending overview of "first we have to define the real problems".. SO, define them, already, we had little time for you to speak but we were listening. (I also like thin crust pizza better :-)
BACHMANN: As you must have heard, she announced she is running tonight. She was calm, cool, confident, and knows her stuff. She's also optimistic; one of the most striking attributes of all the candidates tonight was optimism; nice to hear, for a change. I thought she scored big points tonight and that the audience liked her a lot.
ROMNEY: I thought he scored points pretty effectively when he responded about Obama basing his health care plan on Massachusetts ... Romney said "why didn't he ask me what Massachusetts did wrong?" that hit the mark. He got the fewest questions and seemed perturbed by that.
PAWLENTY: Missed some really good opportunities in which to set him apart. He wimped off the Obamney Health care thing, etc. Not good. But, I think he's very bright and very, very sincere and, sadly, that sincerity can sometimes come off as too eager, a little unconfident, and I don't think he's that. I liked his Right To Work stance and how he explained it.... His cringe quotient is a tad too high still....but I liked him tonight. (I like Coke more than Pepsi, too!)
SANTORUM; Confident, informed...great answer on illegals. I'm first generation American, too, my mother is such a proud naturalized American citizen that I used to say that she made our house during the Bicentennial year make the White House look unpatriotic. I mean, she had Americana everywhere. (even too much for ME ;-) Santorum is well spoken and has good values and had some smart answers.
RAND: Had a lot more fans than I'd have thought in the audience, especially regarding his foreign policy. That surprised me. I think a lot of Americans are just about done with the Afghanistan/Iran situation. He said a very stupid thing, in my opinion, when he suggested marriage should be a church thing and not a government thing; how the heck do you ignore the fact that so many legal situations arise from marriage; like ownership of real estate, taxes, inheritance. I'm not a fan, but I didn't think he's utterly unthinking...and that seemed really dumb to me.
GINGRICH: I thought he scored points on having questionable people in an administration at the White House. I don't think he's very confident because he's constantly sneaking furtive looks at the audience; that surprises me. He did well tonight, especially considering that he'd dug himself into quite a hole lately. But, ...there's 'ick' factor there for me. A high cringe quotient....trying to hard. (check out the image above)
THIS surprised me...Britain's TELEGRAPH calls the Palin email frenzy as "enhancing her reputation" as “idealistic, conscientious, humorous, and humane,” Interesting. Score one for her. Who knew?
Rich Galen just emailed his subscribers and disagrees with me on Bachmann; hated her answers and thinks she ought to get her application for president back. He thinks Romney won because he was softballed questions, etc. He completely agrees with me on the John King style...and how they only had one minute for such heavy material.