Republican Debate Live Blog

Can you spot the crazy one?*

Republican Debate 2011: Reagan Library hosts GOP Presidential Candidates

The Republican Candidates Debate at the Reagan Library happens tonight at 8pm. Eight Presidential candidates will square off in a debate co-moderated by John F. Harris of POLITICO and Brian Williams of NBC News.

Grab a drink and some popcorn and watch the vipers fang each other.

BTW – My first thought when I saw that picture was “Holy shit, Michele Bachmann is SHORT!”

(* Trick question – they’re all crazy, just some of them are crazier than others)

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189 Responses to Republican Debate Live Blog

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I’m warning everyone now, I don’t expect to remain conscious for the whole debate.

  2. honora says:

    I know that she is crazy and short to boot, but it still makes me happy to see a vagina-ed American on the stage.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Pill the Thrill just hit another homer

  4. DandyTiger says:

    Instead of the Dems prebuttle, I’ve been pre drinking. I’m ready…. hic.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Really, it’s only on MSNBC ? Chris Matthews…on the Holy Reagan Grounds?

    I’m in πŸ˜€

  6. 1539days says:

    Rick Perry – Al Gore’s Texas cheerleader. Ron Paul is playing rough.

  7. 1539days says:

    Ah, Chris Matthews is not allowed at the debate. He’s off to tweeting. How appropriate.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    They should fire up that jet and try to blow the candidates off stage – last one standing is the winner

  9. myiq2xu says:

    Perry is up 1st –

  10. ralphb says:

    I’m not gonna watch because I don’t care who wins this crap. Thanks for watching so I don’t become ill.

  11. Mary says:

    Come on, Brian. Romney & Perry aren’t the only people on the stage.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Rick “man on dog sex” Santorum

  13. myiq2xu says:

    Cain shoots and scores

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Huntsma . . . .zzzzzzzzz

  15. myiq2xu says:

    Ron Paul – “Are you crazy or just insane?”

  16. Mimi says:

    When Paul talks my eyes cross.

  17. gram cracker says:

    I can’t listen to this sober. Gotta go get more liquor or do a Moose and head out to the orchard to find some fermented apples to go with the popcorn.

  18. myiq2xu says:

    Huntsman doesn’t understand the art of the soundbyte

  19. Mary says:

    Consensus: Individual healthcare mandate from top-down feds really sucks.


  20. 1539days says:

    I like Romney’s repeal of Obamacare for all 50 states. Is Massachusetts included?

  21. myiq2xu says:

    Forget Perry, I wish I had hair like Bachmann

  22. 1539days says:


    We have had two back-to-back election seasons with women running for a nomination. Even that is historic.*

    The real kind, not the hopenchangey kind.

  23. 1539days says:

    Cheapest applause line of the night.

    “We are all for beating Obama” – Newt Gingrich.

  24. 1539days says:

    Cain reliving his days as the force behind ending Hillary Clinton’s health care plan.

  25. myiq2xu says:

    Is Santorum’s tie pink or salmon?

  26. SYD says:

    Just getting in from work. Who is winning??

  27. myiq2xu says:

    Ron Paul has giant old-man ears

  28. Mary says:

    Damm. Perry’s a lot better debater than I thought he would be. He’s good.

  29. 1539days says:

    What the hell? Debates have commercials now?

  30. ralphb says:

    gotta remember tomorrow to get new passport pictures. have to renew it before it expires. you never know when you might have to take flight.

  31. DandyTiger says:

    This is the best debate evan…. or maybe it’s the beer.

  32. 1539days says:

    Bitterweet Symphony? This is a pretty weak-ass Reagan tribute

    MSNBC hosts barfing in the studio.

  33. myiq2xu says:

    Perry has run out of smooth talking points

  34. myiq2xu says:

    Are Perry and Romney wearing matching ties?

  35. 1539days says:

    Apparently, Santorum is tweeting during the debate.

  36. 1539days says:

    I think Perry’s gonna come out on top by being pro inoculation.

  37. ralphb says:

    @dickmorristweet #reagandebate #tcot #2012 We are watching the suicide of a candidate

    on Perry’s SS answers.

  38. myiq2xu says:

    My liver says it’s break time. I’ll see y’all later.

  39. Mary says:

    Thank you, Romney. Well said!

  40. Mary says:

    Ron Paul: Eliminate FEMA. Now there’s a campaign suicide.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The correct answer would be to eliminate DHS and put FEMA back as a Cabinet postion like before 9-11. IMHO, of course πŸ™‚

      • Mary says:

        Fair enough. But I don’t think we’re ever gonna eliminate DHS–neither party would support it.
        Putting FEMA back as a cabinet position—absolutely!

        • DeniseVB says:

          They need to report directly to the President during a crisis, not a figurehead. Get rid of TSA, let the airlines handle security. Put the Air Marshalls back under the ATF/FBI, wherever the hell they were before DHS. We’ll be just as safe, believe me πŸ™‚

    • ralphb says:

      Eliminating the Weather Service is a close second πŸ˜‰

    • 1539days says:

      I don’t know. There are constant declarations of states of emergency now. New York had flooding and now they need millions to clean up. But they’re just getting the same money back that they paid into the government in taxes. Seems like a wash sometimes.

  41. 1539days says:

    These Republicans are all wimps. Put armed guards on the border and shoot to kill. Immigration problem solved.

  42. soupcity says:

    Good grief why didn’t they just dig up Reagan and tape him to a podium.

  43. soupcity says:

    UH OH Tea Party questions…

  44. WMCB says:

    Huntsman keeps talking about working on our core. Is he teh Pilates candidate?

  45. 1539days says:

    Blogstalker line of the night

    Romney thinks Obama doesn’t love America enough.

  46. 1539days says:

    Perry giving credit to Obama for bin Laden and Gitmo. Nice.

    • Mary says:

      And pointing out to Obama’s base that Obama has continued all the Bush policies Obama campaigned against, including rendition and secret prisons.

      Well done, Perry.

  47. 1539days says:

    Perry ran out of gas.

  48. 1539days says:

    Damn. Every once in a while, Newt throws a good one in there.

    • WMCB says:

      No one (not even most Republicans) ever want Newt for president. But he’s a smart man, and has good insight from time to time when he’s not being a massive douche.

      • 1539days says:

        Giving him the presidency is like giving a monkey a blowtorch.

        • WMCB says:


        • WMCB says:

          Newt can often contribute something insightful or useful when a group is doing discussion and analysis – as I said, he is a very smart man. But he would enjoy power waaaaaaay too much. Scary much. He needs to avoid power for the sake of his own soul and psyche. Not healthy for him. Keep him away from power and he’s okay.

  49. 1539days says:

    Ooh. Politico brought up GE’s 0% tax rate.

    • Mary says:

      Surprised me, too. Notice, though it wasn’t Brian Williams, of NBC/MSNBC/GE fame. Brian doesn’t have the balls to ask.

  50. 1539days says:

    I gotta blog more of these debates. It’s been a riot.

    I’m even sober. -ish

  51. 1539days says:

    Let’s see how long I can stand Tweety and dweeby.

  52. Mary says:

    Thanks, everybody. I enjoyed the comments!

  53. DeniseVB says:

    Rachel Maddow doing the post game show. That should go well πŸ˜‰

  54. WMCB says:

    Did anyone besides me notice that while they asked the candidates very pointed questions about each other, the policies of Bush, the policies of Reagan, etc, they asked not one question that encouraged them to criticize a policy of Obama’s?

    Seriously. They wanted their opinion, and tried to generate cheap shots, against every president and every candidate except the one they will be running against.

    • ralphb says:

      You have a point but right now these candidates are not running against Obama. They are running against each other for the nomination.

      • WMCB says:

        Yeah. But in the Dem primary debates, there were plenty of questions about Bush and his policies, no? I’m not objecting to the format so much as to the usual double standard.

  55. DeniseVB says:

    Night all…great comments. More tommorrw night and The Speech !?

  56. DandyTiger says:

    I was so drunk, I couldn’t hardly see straight. As soon as the show switched to Rachel I sobered up. She’s the ultimate party pooper.

  57. WMCB says:

    Of course he would never say this, but on the TX executions question, it would have been fun if Perry had said, “In contrast to the drone executions against American citizens being carried out by this president, every death row inmate in TX got a trial by a jury of his peers.”

    • Dario says:

      WMCB, after watching Perry in this debate, do you think he’ll be the nominee?

      • WMCB says:

        Yeah, I think he will. Not because of his performance tonight, though. Mittens actually came off better than Perry here, but the base ain’t voting for Mittens. Perry is not stupid, but he needs better prep. He struck me as having been warned about coming across too “smartass”, which is his usual style, and so he was uncomfortable.

        I’m always of the opinion that you are better off letting a candidate be themselves than not. Because even if their natural style has its downside, trying to change it just muddies the water and trips them up. Perry can be an ass, but I think his handlers would be better off letting him be that than trying to squelch him and putting him offstride.

        Bachmann is done, and so are the rest. Unless Sarah gets in (and damn, I wish she would), then it’s a two man race.

        • ralphb says:

          Out of this field, Perry may well be the nominee. If he is I suspect the following will get tested.

          A Romney advisor e-mails Ben Smith the following about Perry: β€œHe has lost. No federal candidate has ever won on the Perry program to kill Social Security. Never has. never will.”

          That’s a piece of conventional wisdom that I think is correct.

        • 1539days says:

          If 2008 is any indication, there’s room for 3 candidates. IMO, it’s Romney, the guy who’s not Romney and the Tea Party candidate. Perry is where Bachmann was when she was as new as Perry. I think he has room to fall.

          Perry is the anti-Romney in that he’s also a governor, but of a deep red state. Bachmann is trying to keep the Tea Party mantle, but Ron Paul is close behind her. To call it for Perry as the other guy is kind of premature. Then if Sarah Palin comes in, it all goes out the window.

        • WMCB says:

          Yeah, except that he did not say kill SS. That’s not what he said tonight. Of course, that’s how it will be spun, but that’s not what he said.

          I’d be hesitant to say “never”. We are living in curious times. What he’s saying will actually garner votes from younger folks, because they know it’s the truth. The question will be can granny be scared into thinking he’s gonna take away her check next year (which he isn’t, but that’s what will be spun.)

        • ralphb says:

          Heh, He pre-spun it himself in his 10 month old book. You don’t start an adult conversation about SS by calling it unconstitutional, a ponzi scheme, and a monstrous lie. I really don’t have the patience to listen to anyone sell that as the start of a reasonable conversation.

      • Dario says:

        ralphb: That’s a piece of conventional wisdom that I think is correct.

        I think that under normal circumstances, your statement is true, but I don’t believe that what Perry has said is deadly. I’m very much for fixing and keeping SS, and I’m a liberal. I’m more angry with the way Obama is about destroying SS, than by what Perry said. In fact I see where he’s coming from. I’d vote for Perry right now.

  58. Dario says:

    So, who won?

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  60. OldCoastie says:

    I believe Obama’s going to lose to someone…

    if I had to pick one, it’d be Palin… I think I could live with her version of Republicanism.

    • Dario says:

      Yup. The Republicans would shit their pants if she won the nomination and then the WH. But the Democrats’ heads would explode.

  61. Dario says:

    The pundits on the debate. My question: Why does anyone ask Sullivan what he thinks. To tie Perry to W is just nonsense coming from an obot.

    Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

    Andrew Sullivan: “My take-away? Perry has proved himself an extreme, inarticulate, incurious W clone. He doubled down on the vicious attacks on social security; and his rhetoric was off-key. Huntsman emerged as an actual candidate; Romney kicked ass. Bachmann is wearing thinner and thinner. Paul is Paul. Santorum is a Vatican crank. Gingrich is an angry old man. Cain has no business being up there. Perry’s poor performance gives Palin an opening.”

    Ezra Klein: “Mitt Romney looked like he had already won the Republican nomination. Rick Perry looked like he will win the Republican nomination. Michele Bachmann looked like she was beginning to realize she definitely wouldn’t win the Republican nomination.”

    • angienc says:

      Well, surprise, I’m in almost total disagreement than Andrew Sullivan — and unlike him, I’ve got no axe to grind. Here is my take (and NONE of this means I support ANY of these people):

      Gingrich is actually the best “debater” — he’s quick on his feet & sounds confident in his answers. If he wasn’t “Newt” he would have “won” this debate as well as the last one.
      Romney & Perry — both did ok. Neither shot themselves in the foot & I guess that’s all they needed to do, but neither was great, either. And most certainly, neither “kicked ass.”
      Huntsman — looked like he was taking a nap up there. Seriously, *this* is the guy Sullivan thought “emerged” as an actual candidate? Emerged from his nap, maybe, but not as a candidate.
      Bachmann — did better than ANYONE in the MSM (especially named Andrew Sullivan) will EVER admit, but not as good as Romney & Perry and, unlike them, just not shooting herself in the foot isn’t good enough.
      Cain — I can’t help it,I like Cain as a person. He has as much business as anyone else (and more than, say, Paul or Santorum) to be up there. He did better than Huntsman (because at least he looked alive), but not as good as Romney, Perry & Gingrich.
      Santorum — why is he still running? He was as like a deer in headlights.
      Paul– I just can’t with him.

  62. myiq2xu says:

    I hate coming to in the back of an ambulance. Those paddles leave burn marks that last for weeks.

    The worst part about watching debates is when the debate is over and the bloviating gas bags TELL YOU WHAT YOU JUST HEARD!

    I solemnly promise I will not do a post-debate reaction post.

    (Although I may do reaction post to somebody else’s post-debate reaction post.)

    (try saying that five times really fast)

  63. HELENK says:

    When I saw this story , I knew I had to link it here for bull moose and myiq2xu

    drunken elk rescued from tree

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

  64. Didn’t watch, read twitter and facebook, watched some clips. πŸ™‚ Everyone on the left and some on the right jumped on Perry. He did not say SS should be abolished. Think he knows what he’s doing and it’s his race to lose imo, both primary and general. Not saying I’m a suppoter. Big chunks of the electorate will not want to vote with the newsmedia next year. Think Perry and Sarah understand that and they are best at making an emotional connection with ordinary people.

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