Dumbest Things Said At Last Night’s Republican Presidential Debate

Posted: December 11, 2011 in Current Events, Politics
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I actually tried to watch the debate last night.  You know, I figured I would be a good citizen and try to watch at least one, right?  Only made it about 20 minutes though.  Between the blithering at the beginning about how important the democratic process is, the stupid questions, the similarity of the positions of all the candidates, and the format that only allows for sixty-second soundbite friendly responses, I got bored.  Reading transcripts online is just so much faster.  Anyway, here were some things said that annoyed me.

  • “And if you will, how many jobs do you think you can create and how long will that take?” – Diane Sawyer – Right off the bat, a stupid question. Yes, the President has so much control over the economy that he/she can dictate exactly how many jobs they will create and how long it will take.  Really?    The only jobs a President can directly create are staff position jobs.  Other than that, the impact of policy on job creation is simply not quantifiable, and it’s not fair to ask.
  • “My proposal actually does create 11.5 million jobs…..” – Mitt Romney – Sigh.  At this point, Mitt will say anything he thinks will help him win, won’t he?  (To be fair, I know other politicians, including Obama, have been guilty of trying to quantify job creation too.)
  • “Let’s not forget that only one President has ever cut Medicare for seniors in this country and it’s Barack Obama.” – Mitt Romney – Oh Obama, burn! In your face!  Of course, it’s not true.  And if you are serious about balancing the budget, then getting the costs of Medicare under control better be on your agenda, too, Mr. Romney.  But don’t let facts get in the way of a good slam!
  • “We can cut government bureaucracy which is Obama Care.  NFIB tells us, that’s the small business agency, that we will lose 1.6 million jobs over five years if we keep Obama Care.” – Michelle Bachmann  –  OK, for one, the NFIB is A small business advocacy group, not some sort of unbiased (and certainly not THE) agency.  For another, the study she is citing was completed over a year before the Affordable Health Care Act was passed based on a theoretical proposal which, as you might imagine, was quite different from the law that was actually passed.  So that study has no relevance whatsoever.  (As an aside, isn’t actually using the term “Affordable Health Care Act” instead of Obama Care considered a faux pas in Republican circles?)
  • “I’ll tell you what.  Ten thousand bucks?  $10,000 bet?”Mitt Romney – This was said in response to Rick Perry’s assertion that Romney supported the individual mandate countrywide in his book.  It just comes off a schoolyard comeback.  ‘Uh-huh.  Ah-huh.  Uh-huh.  Ah-huh.  You wanna bet?!!!’  (Some have said that Romney’s mistake here is that he used such a big dollar amount.  Hmm.  I don’t think the fact that Romney is rich is exactly a big shocker.  Yes, he’s a lot better of financially than most people.  So is everyone else that is running.  “Common” folks can’t and don’t run for President.  Everyone knows this, right?)
  • “These people are terrorists.  They teach terrorism in their schools.  They have textbooks that say ‘if there are 13 Jews and 9 Jews are killed, how many are left?’…” – Newt Gringrich – Said in reference to the Palestinians.  Now personally I wished we didn’t get involved in such conflicts as the one between the Israelis and Palestinians.  But if we are going to insist on saying that we can help broker a deal between the two sides, it’s probably best not to go out of our way to insult one of those sides.  (Calling one of the sides “invented people” doesn’t help either.)  Hard to claim impartiality when you do so.  This is the kind of stuff that terrorist organizations use for propaganda.  (Also, that textbook claim just has all the trappings of a gross exaggeration, some ridiculous claim based on chain e-mail or something.)
  • “And we let the Israeli leadership describe what they think is the right course of action.” And also, “Before I make a statement of that nature, I get on the phone with my friend Bibi Netanyahu, and say ‘would it help if I say this?  What would you like me to do?  Let’s work together because we’re partners.'” – Mitt Romney – Mitt, that’s all fine and dandy, but Israel doesn’t let me have a vote in their elections.  So I would prefer that the leaders of this nations show leadership and make decisions based on what is in the best interest of the United States, not to let Israel dictate our policy decisions.
  • “We have one shot to get rid of ObamaCare, that’s it. It is 2012.” – Michelle Bachmann – Yes, one shot.  Because if Obama is re-elected, the world ends and there will never be another opportunity to pass legislation ever again.  Ever!  Ever ever!
  • “Governor Terry Branstad is my role model.” – Newt Gingrich – Wow!  The debate is in Iowa where the first vote for the Republican nomination will be held, and the governor of Iowa just happens to be your role model.  What are the odds?  That sure is some good luck right there, let me tell you.  Either that, or Newt Gingrich is the biggest suck up in the world.  Yeah, it’s probably that.

I really wished the Republican party was serving up a better selection.

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