Last Night’s Debate

The main thing is that Rick Santorum showed himself to be a complete jerk:

1) He, like Perry, persistently interrupted Romney when it was Romney’s turn to talk. In both cases I appreciated Romney’s approach of being a stickler for the rules and largely drowning them out.

2) He “introduced himself” by telling his daughter that he loves her and he will see her soon. (She had surgery yesterday). Either he was using us to convey a message to his daughter (“I love you so much that I am willing to waste the time of millions of viewers to send a message to you”), or (more likely) he was using his daughter to convey a message to us (“I am a family man”). Either way, no good.

3) He uttered the sentence “The basic building block of a society is not an individual.”

Also Rick Perry showed himself to be a total jerk, primarily by accusing Romney of hiring illegal immigrants (via his lawn care company). I bet there are fewer than 1000 people in the country who would actually refrain from (knowingly) hiring illegal immigrants to do lawncare if they thought no one was watching.

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One Response to Last Night’s Debate

  1. Morgan C says:

    Anderson Cooper had never really impressed me, but I admit I liked the way he and the CNN producers created conditions that showcased elements of the candidates’ personalities, allowing you to make the judgements you have made. The candidates had to rely on social pressure, rather han buzzers and beepers to cut themselves off, and in order to speak, they often had to assert themselves, making the real-life calculations about the costs and benefits of coming on too strong and being seen shouting others down. This may have been the most fun debate yet in the season. Let’s not forget, we can easily see the candidates “ideas” on their consultant-created websites. We look to debates to find out how the candidates act in unscripted environments, and within the debates this only happens, as it did last night, when conditions are created for spontaneous interactions.

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