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Sunday, January 06, 2008

#350 I Watched The Whole Thing

Yes, I did it. Something I usually make a point of not doing, I watched the entire debate program on ABC last evening. What a show. I know why I don't do it too often, if ever. The format was purported to be different, and I'll take Charlie Gibson's word for that. It was informative and entertaining. The interaction of the debaters was as expected.

My personal biases did come into play. Those I thought would do poorly, did. On the Republicant side, Huckabee was probably the most impressive. If he makes it, I am concerned that his preacher training will come into play and there will be an entire bunch of folks who will continue to be disenfranchised.

On the Democrank side I was surprised yet understood the alliance of Edwards with Obama. Richardson didn't get good until the end. And, Hillary was Hillary. You either like or you don't. It is time for a woman to be president. I'm sure that Hillary is not the woman for the job.

The idea of getting troops out of Iraq ASAP is a laudatory one. We shouldn't have gone there in the first place. However, the only thing that seems to be keeping things together is the presence of the US military. It was mentioned on a recent NPR report that Iraqis need a strong leader. Currently, the US is providing that in the form of our military. Once we leave, there will be a leadership vacuum, unless the Iraqi powers that be can get their collective butts in gear and work things out.

The comments on the economy and health care were interesting. We shall have to see what they (the candidates) come up with.

I was impressed with Edwards' passionate statements referencing his family. He may have been the only one on stage who had gotten some rest since Iowa.

Obama and Edwards, Edwards and Obama, and interesting concept.



Karen said...

Like your perspective on the debates, Jack. I only watched the Dems. Apparently, JE jogged before the debate to wake up. The rest looked tired.

As far as Iraq, well, you probably know by now how I feel. They should pull all our troops out now and let the chips fall where they may.

In the long run, Vietnam survived and prospered after we abruptly left. And, we do business with them today.

Barack Obama will make a good president, IMO.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Astute political commentary, Jack K.

Yes, it IS time for a woman president. And NO, it should NOT be Clinton.

Polly said...

I am with Karen.