Carol Platt Liebau: Instant Reaction

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Instant Reaction

Giuliani won. Easily. Handled the questions well, and jumped in to squash Ron Paul like a bug. He actually seemed to enjoy himself. Second? Romney, clearly -- who did a solid job, but seemed somewhat more nervous than the last time, though he definitely had some good moments, on Guantanamo and landing a solid blow on McCain. John McCain didn't do much to impress me, as the comments below evidence. Is his heart really in this? He just seems angry, and in his exchange with Mitt Romney, he chose to get down and fight with a non-substantive criticism of Romney rather than rising above it all.

Mike Huckabee seems like a decent guy, but no charisma. The rest don't really need extensive discussion, as they obviously seem to have no chance.


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I liked McCain back in 2000 - he was my preferred Republican president over Bush.

Having not seen this debate (its not exactly high demand viewing here in Australia) I have been reading many lefty blogs about McCain and I have to say that no one likes him. I don't know what it is, but McCain just "feels" like he is trying to run a presidential race in a country that only exists in his mind.

McCain should just save his money and stop campaigning. It's just embarrassing.

8:32 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Giuliani ran NYC, while Romney was a small state manager. Giuliani showed courage under pressure 9/11. Giuliani still has problems but given a choice of Giuliani and any Dem I can see no choice.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

According to Fox and MSNBC polls, Ron Paul won the debate. A clear win on MSNBC and a tie with Mitt on Fox.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

This is an example of why people need to look at whether a poll is "scientific" and what population is being polled.

Asking the viewing audience to text in the name of who, in their opinions, "won the debate" (a la American Idol) is going to elicit a result like Ron Paul winning -- not because any Republican thinks so (in fact, he's probably succeeded in knocking himself out of any future meetings) but because anti-war Democrats liked his rhetoric about how we brought 9/11 on ourselves. And of course, they could participate, too, in the online/call-in games and generally do -- in larger numbers than Republicans.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Greg said...


It's not appropriate for me to say, "You are a blithering idiot" on this site no matter how much or how many times I'd like to.

So I won't.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

That would be assuming Democrats watched it, pretty unlikely given the lunacy of the candidates. So perhaps Paul attracted the independents. In my area, mid-Atlantic suburbs, the debate was not air until close to midnight.

12:45 PM  

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