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Nomination Excitations: They Sold Their Souls To The Company Store [Updated Below]

12 October 2011 @ 14:41

-DaTechGuy was able to live-blog the GOP Debate in New Hampshire last night even though he was not credentialed. As Stacy McCain relays:

…He’d told me that the credentialing process seemed to require jumping through too many hoops. So he got there four hours early, set up in the “spin room,” acted as if he belonged there, and nobody bothered to ask for his credentials. As Roxeanne DeLuca said: “You’ve created a monster.”

Yes, but he good monster. Bravo, Pete!

-DTG spent all day up in Dartmouth and has filed a whole bunch of reports, some containing videos. They may be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.

-Stacy’s reporting on the debate can be found here and here [the latter one is rather funny].

-The Lonely Conservative has posted the full debate here, if you dare to watch it. She also has a report here on Newt’s best line of the night.

-Michelle Malkin’s take may be found here. A highlight:

And Romney? Ugh. Main takeaway: He defended TARP — echoed by Cain — and refused to say he would oppose the next massive bailout to come along when another manufactured crisis hits. More of the same old big biz/big government corporatism. The inconvenient truth I’ve pointed out since GW Bush sold out the free market to save it and pre-socialized the economy for Obama is that TARP is ideological quicksand for almost every Beltway Republican. That’s why the Tea Party movement was born in the first place. Let’s not forget it.

-Over at Three Beers Later, Richard publishes a letter by Frumley Brooks in which the Capo Di Tutti Capi, as it were, of The Establishment bemoans pundits of the lesser kind [ie: those of us who have blogs but not the right political pedigree]. A highlight:

The pundits’ lack of experience and perception further showed in their uniform criticism of the hosts, the topics and the specific questions presented in the debate. Partisan amateurs at heart, they do no see the value of forcing the candidates to address the public in the terms of their opponents’ talking points; they do not see the importance of reassuring possible Democratic watchers of the validity of their own points of view, and of demonstrating the GOP’s continued commitment to comity and collegiality in the unlikelihood one of them takes office.

Well, slap my mammy, I sure is sorry, Boss-man.

-Unlike, it seems, many others, I have Bloomberg TV, but I didn’t watch it. I refuse to watch any debates from now on where the people asking the questions are all Leftists. It is really disappointing that the GOP candidates haven’t joined together to demand that they choose who gets to ask the questions. If that means Left Wing media organizations end up refusing to sponsor and/or cover the debates, well then, so be it. There are plenty of ways to broadcast such events these days. That not a single Republican candidate is refusing to play the Leftist debate game is not simply disappointing, but makes one question as to whether or not any of them understand the reality of the situation we are in, how dire it is, and whether or not they grasp the fact that the Left is out to destroy the Right. Just like you must never negotiate with terrorists, you must never negotiate with those who seek to eliminate you and everything you stand for. Cowards.

UPDATE at 1937…

The Secretary Of State for New Hampshire has issued a statement that reads in part:

OPTIONS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE’S PRIMARY DATE. With Florida moving its primary earlier than originally planned to January 31st, and South Carolina making a move to set its primary ten days earlier to January 21st, that began to limit options for setting our date in January. When officials in Nevada set their caucus for Saturday, January 14th, that left Tuesday, January 3rd as a possibility for us, but Iowa officials tentatively decided that their caucus would be on that day.

My job as NH Secretary of State is to follow our law, which mandates that I set our election 7 days or more before any event that would threaten our traditional lead-off status. So if Nevada does not adjust its caucus date to a later time, I cannot rule out the possibility of a December primary.

We cannot allow the political process to squeeze us into a date that wedges us by just a few days between two major caucus states. Our primary will have little meaning if states crowd into holding their events just hours after our polls have closed.

The date of our primary is decided by state law, not by the rules or desires of political parties. Since Nevada’s caucus is similar in the eyes of our statute, it means the New Hampshire primary can be set no later than Saturday, January 7th.

IT’S REALLY UP TO NEVADA. If Nevada does not accept a date of Tuesday, January 17th or later for its caucus, it leaves New Hampshire no choice but to consider December of this year. The dates of Tuesday, December 13th, ,and Tuesday, December 6th are realistic options, and we have logistics in place to make either date happen if needed. Candidates have been campaigning here, and elsewhere, for months, and it is about time we begin the next stage of the presidential nominating process.

The political parties did not give New Hampshire its presidential primary. Traditionally, it has been the first in the nation for almost a hundred years, and our state law protects our tradition. We have the largest turnout in the country, and our citizens take their roles and obligations seriously.

But the parties do have an important role in that they can discourage other states from trying to leapfrog onto our tradition. Right now, the problem is the date of Nevada. We will respond as we need to in order to honor New Hampshire’s tradition, and to keep our primary relevant. Not to do so would allow us to lose an important element of American democracy forever. New Hampshire will not let that happen.

Stacy’s got some more analysis here that he’s updating.  If this happens and we want to ensure that some fair and balanced reporting comes out of NH Primary, we’ve got to refresh Stacy’s Tip Jar a lot quicker than had been anticipated, especially because Stacy, Smitty, and Wombat will be traveling to Las Vegas for next weeks Western Republican Leadership Conference to cover the 18 October GOP Debate being held there.  If you can, please do click here and make a donation to the Fear And Loathing Shoe Leather Gonzo Fund.

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    12 October 2011 @ 14:45 14:45

    So, can we get Mr. Obama interviewed by Michelle Malkin or Jonah Goldberg so he can defend his posistions on national TV?

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      13 October 2011 @ 20:27 20:27

      Why interview Captain Dunsel?

  2. 12 October 2011 @ 15:59 15:59

    Right, but if most of them had to answer questions from a conservative point of view, they’d show their true colors as RINO’s. The questions would be a lot harder for them, don’t you think? They know they’re better off with liberal questioners tossing them hostile questions so conservative voters can read whatever they want into the answers.

  3. Adobe Walls permalink
    12 October 2011 @ 16:29 16:29

    Refusing to participate in debates featuring Marxist Moderators would require courage and a sense of purpose.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      12 October 2011 @ 19:45 19:45

      And Sarah’s no longer around to provide that.


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