Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fredo's review of the GOP debate

I've listened to most of this debate at this point. I don't disagree with anything DioGuardi has to say, but I can't seem to warm up to him. He's obviously the most practiced and doesn't get himself too far out on a limb (see: Blakeman) with rhetorical flourishes. His low ACU ranking is an issue, but he's bound to be an improvement on Gillibrand. He just seems a little long in the tooth and, as a former long-time Congressman, unlikely to cash in on the "outsider" sentiment that seems so popular this year.

Blakeman seems to have the most passion, and the most willingness to go out there and battle. He was clearly drawing distinctions between himself and his opponents, and challenging Malpass and Dioguardi on different points througout the debate. It would help if he did a better job getting his facts right (he called Dioguardi a paid lobbiest and really pressed the point, but it would appear he was factually wrong). It would also help if he didn't step on giant landmines, like when they asked each candidate to say one thing they admired about Gillibrand, he led off with "she's an attractive woman." I guess we can see why he's divorced.

Blakeman also seems to be frequently loose with facts and truth. He "can't remember" if he's been sued (wouldn't most people remember that)?

As for Malpass, he's the intellectual elite of the group, long time Bear Stearns chief economists, speaks three languages, etc. etc. He's got tons of published paper trail, and gets the economy better than 99% of the folks in Washington. He also seemed incredibly genuine and likeable. The downside to that is that he's not the practiced with political rhetoric and parry. He seemed unable to defend himself against Blakeman's attacks and unsure how to attack his opponent. He spent plenty of time bumbling and stumbling around. They asked him in the lightning round (yes or no answers only), "should creationism be taught in public schools?" His answer, "um......[6 seconds]...no." He's just not a politican, and he's going to be running into a buzzsaw of attack ads, and he's got a long paper trail for the Dems to distort.

If I were to use a boxing analogy to describe the political approaches taken by the candidates in this debate, DioGuardi was the boxer, Blakeman the slugger flailing away hoping to catch one good uppercut. Malpass? I don't know, maybe a front-row armchair philosopher considering how best to improve the sport.

In terms of policy, there are some differences between the candidates. DioGuardi is clearly most pro-life of the group, and Malpass takes a pro-choice-with-"reasonable"-restrictions approach. Blakeman and Malpass expressed more unabashedly hawkish foreign policy positions, while DioGuardi went as far as saying that, with what we know now, invading Iraq was a mistake (the other two said it was the right position).

The most lacking element of the debate? Discussing the structural problems in our budget that need reform to reduce the deficit, in a real way, over the long term. Malpass spent the most time talking about deficit, followed by DioGuardi, but no one talked about how the Dems were kicking the can down the road, and how the tea party uprising is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix the long term problems embedded in our entitlement system.

Think I'm leaning to DioGuardi as the most viable, but I think, unfortunately, we don't have a great candidate available in the group. I'd definitely like to support Malpass if he showed the ability to articulate his agenda more clearly and deal with his opponents.
Friday, August 27, 2010

Malpass, Blakeman, DioGuardi debate

The three GOP candidates vying to unseat our unelected Senator Gillibrand debated each other earlier this week. Here's the link.

Update: Christie fires Schundler

As per this article, and after defending Schundler in his presser (see previous blog entry), Gov. Christie has now fired his education chief. Apparently, the Obama Administration was able to provide evidence that proved Schundler had, well, lied to the Governor about the in-person interview conducted in Washington.
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chris Christie calls out Obama Administration nonsense

Takes accountability for a clerical error, but holds the Feds accountable for bureaucratic B.S. that (as another posted mentioned)would never have happened if Corzine was still the governor.

You're right, Governor, this is the stuff that drives normal people CRAZY about government.


Background on the whole Race to the Top program and the N.J. nonsense from the WSJ here.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Camping

StuffWhitePeopleLike homes in on a Bison favorite: camping. Someone must get to these guys before they reveal all of our secrets...
Sunday, August 22, 2010

Reagan sees the future.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Naming Contest

Name this proposed gay bar catering to muslims next to the proposed giant mosque near gruond zero. There are some interesting suggestions already in the comments.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Congrats to SHK and Mrs. SHK on the birth of their daughter!

Our best wishes for your whole family, and our hopes for a happy & healthy future for the little one!
Friday, August 06, 2010

If I Were A Teenager Again ...

I be in love. This site seems to find these sisters repulsive somehow.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

If Chris Christie isn't becoming one of your favorite Republicans,

you're just not paying attention.

Here's a primer.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Hey SHK

Remember this vehicle?



If not, try and remember the last time you were doing whirling 360s down a dry road.

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