I just got through watching the debate. I think this debate was Fox News' attempt to kick start the nomination process early. From a political standpoint, there really isn't a good reason to start early. Starting the process early increases the chance of a candidate tripping up and giving Obama and the left their much needed distraction issues.
I tuned in mostly to watch Herman Cain's performance to finally see Gary Johnson speak publicly (I know his record, but never seen him speak). Below are some of the notes I jotted down while watching.
Pawlenty's opening greeting and thanks seems so typically politico and tiresome. I liked how the other just answered the question put forth without all the fanfare.
Fox has decided to do "The Hand Show"? I thought Fred Thompson killed The Hand Show back in 2008. I hate The Hand Show, because it leaves you clueless as to why a candidate does or does not support an issue. Case in point, I would have love to have heard why Herman Cain would not release the Osama Bin Ladin photo.
Ron Paul is getting wild applause for getting out of Afghanistan. Is that truly Republicans coming around to his position or did Ron Paul pack the house with his supporters. My money is on the latter, especially after Ron Paul's answer to close Gitmo.
Gary Johnson finally speaks, my first impression -"mousy" ,"pipsqueak", "geeky", not good. Johnson whines (rightfully) about the distribution of questions. Seems like Pawlenty is getting the lion's share.
Santorum not apologizing for "English Only" stance, instead gives a very strong explanation and example. Kudos.
Gary Johnson on giving out work visas easily. With jobs drying up in this country, do we really want to hand out work visas like Halloween candy? That certainly seems at odd with his believe that we are headed for economic collapse. If the economy collapses, wouldn't Americans want every possible job available even the menial ones?
Pawlenty busted for his enthusiastic support for Cap and Trade! Pawlenty fesses up and admits a mistake. Seems like a smarter way to go than what Romney is trying to pull with RomneyCare.
Lightning Round on absent candidates - this is Fox News indulging itself. Very bad idea, this could lead to nasty sound bites that the left would surely use. Thankfully, none of them stepped in it. Gary Johnson tries a little bit of a Palin dig. Foolish, she could eat his lunch while making breakfast for her family.
Here is my overall impressions of the various candidates.
Tim Pawlenty - He was the perfect first tier candidate - if this was 2008. His style seemed so typically scripted from the faux aggressive tone to the robotic hand gestures. This may have been the standard back in the day, but for 2012 we need authenticity.
Rick Santorum - The perfect 2008 second tier candidate. Aside from his refusal to back track on his English Only comments, I wasn't really impressed.
Ron Paul - Ron Paul was Ron Paul. The only thing new here, is that I think Republicans have moved a little closer to where Ron Paul has always been.
Gary Johnson - This guy will never do. I have repeatedly warned on this blog that the GOP nominee is going to get the full Palin Treatment. Does anyone think for one hot second that Gary Johnson could stand up to 10 minutes of that? Hopeless! Pack it in Gary.
I am a black conservative from a black conservative family. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and finally settled in New Jersey. Throughout my life I knew I did not share many of the common beliefs of other American blacks.
For starters, I never took to the term African-American. I have meet too many real Africans who are now Americans, to ever with a straight face say we share something in common other than skin tones. Their history and culture is truly a unique and is a completely different experience from my own. My culture is distinctly American, from the way I speak, think, dress and act and you know what else? I love it! So for me, I will always be an American who just happens to be black.
I put myself and my beliefs out here in cyberspace, to show my fellow blacks that there is something more. That one need not accept the false promise of the next social program, the belief in government as savior or the next Democratic candidate will right all wrongs. That true Hope and Change comes from belief in yourself, in a nation that allows dynamic movement if you are bold enough, smart enough and brave enough to make it happen.