September 7, 2011

"Republican Debate: Five Things to Watch."

Is it: Rick Perry, Rick Perry, Rick Perry, Rick Perry, Rick Perry? 

By the way, I plan to live-blog tonight's debate, so considering hanging out and commenting here.

25 comments:

Original Mike said...

I thought Perry wasn't coming. Did he change his mind?

MadisonMan said...

Rick Perry's prayer can't get rain into Texas.

That says something.

Scott M said...

I'll be watching. I'm interested to see how he debates. The GOP candidate is going to have to be ruthless in his/her onslaught in exposing the incumbent's record and cutting through the administration's bullshit.

Are there enough well-known idiosyncrasies from this field to build a drinking game around?

lyssalovelyredhead said...

I'm interested in the idea of a Romney-Perry smackdown (number 2 on the list). Romney's managed to avoid getting into tifts with any other candidates in any of the other debates, and I think that's very much been to his benefit, as he seems above the rest. I'm interested to see how no longer being the front-runner impacts that.

- Lyssa

edutcher said...

Last I heard, he was back home fighting prairie fires, which is where he ought to be.

Fred4Pres said...

You should drunk blog it. I recommend Wisconsin's Finest, Fat Squirrel as the beverage for you Ann.

My wife however prefers Spotted Cow.

Ann Althouse said...

"You should drunk blog it."

Not workable. If I drink even 2 drinks, I fall asleep. 1 drink, and I'm mellow and forgiving. If you want sharp remarks from me... coffee blogging would be a better bet.

Pastafarian said...

What about a combination of alcohol and caffeine? An Irish coffee, maybe; or a mixture of Red Bull and Everclear?

Fred4Pres said...

You are too much of an original to step on Stephen Green's drunk blogging thing anyway. Post debate and post blogging you should try a couple of those Fat Squirrels or Spotted Cows. I was pleasantly pleased with both and bought a half case but then left them at a friend's house in Minnesota. That is okay, they will enjoy them.

My wife was sad we did not bring any back with us. I will miss them. And the good squeeky curds of Wisconsin.

Fred4Pres said...

I did manage to bring back a jar of dill pickles from Spring Green. And a $45 Frank Lloyd Wright tie. And a cool House on the Rock coffee mug.

Lauderdale Vet said...

Do you roast your own beans, Ann?

I highly recommend it.

I buy green beans for roasting at Sweet Maria's.

traditionalguy said...

Perry prayed for rain and all we got is record cold here in Georgia.

Rick needs to get better aimed prayers.

Curious George said...

Coming attractions:

"This is where Rick Perry lost me"

Carol_Herman said...

It's gonna be a "coming to Jesus" debate. And, it should be a hoot. Given how the answers are gonna be run into jokes.

Will Perry be there, or is out fighting fires?

Bachmann will steal the show. She seems to know how to make herself the center of attention.

And, it would be really funny if Mitt's hair just took off! Popped up. And, danced the "wave."

Lincolntf said...

I'll be watching. I expect Romney to do well, Perry to shoot for the stars and the rest of the crowd (is Santorum still invited?) to gamely try to remain relevant. I expect most of the complaints about Romney will be meaningless chirps about his hair, and most of the complaints about Perry will be about his accent/swagger, equally meaningless.
Bachmann needs to impress undecided GOP'ers to stay viable, Herman Cain needs to project a plausibly Vice Presidential demeanor and Gingrich can continue in his role as snarkster/elder statesman.
Whatever happens, I'll be sure to have plenty of beer on hand.

Scott M said...

Herman Cain needs to project a plausibly Vice Presidential demeanor

This. Whoever gets the main nod, the noise seems to be between Cain and Rubio for VP. I have to admit that I like Cain quite a bit. He's done extremely well in the first couple debates.

B said...

Scott M said...the noise seems to be between Cain and Rubio for VP. I have to admit that I like Cain quite a bit. He's done extremely well in the first couple debates.

Picture Cain debating Clueless Joe Biden. VP debates aren't all that meaningful, but that one would be pure gold.

Scott M said...

Indeed. Copious amounts of popcorn would be consumed as Recovery Joe goes down in flames.

Curious George said...

No T-Paw, no watch.

Pragmatist said...

It would be nice to hear a Republican own the financial problems of this country instead of counting on a bad collective memory and the self serving meme of "Its all Obama's fault". Like the Right was NOT behind the wheel when the car went in the ditch. I guess jumping out, racing to the back seat and telling the cops that the passenger was really driving is a good way to get your license back.

Paul said...

Rick is ok. No Reagan but hey, who could follow THAT act!

But Rick is good as any, better than most.

Scott M said...

I'm pretty sure just about everyone here was pissed at what the GOP did when they had full control from 2002 to 2006, Prag. I left the GOP over it.

Beating up Congress from 2002 to 2006 is about as valid and relevant as beating up Bush (a la Obama's tactic) from 2000-2008. Neither is going to fly. The Incumbent has had sole responsibility for the administrations actions, inactions, policies, and decisions since January 2009. There's simply no getting around that.

B said...

The Incumbent has had sole responsibility for the administrations actions

That goes for the House also. The spending and regulation surge that started in 2006 belonged to that House, not the one that started up in 2010. Blaming the previous House for the problems won't work with conservatives if the current one doesn't hold the line on taxes and move to roll back spending and debt.

Paddy O said...

The GOP drove the car onto the shoulder, got kicked out of the drivers seat, and the keys were given to the Dems. They stalled. So they called a tow truck driver to help them out of a tight spot.

He hooked the car up to his fancy rig, flashed a winsome smile, talked about what we needed was just a quick tow to get the car going again. Then he drove the car into the ditch.

Maguro said...

I do hope Obama revives the car-in-ditch metaphor in his big jobs speech. That one is a real winner.