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Thursday, May 03, 2007

I Can't Believe It's Really Here!

Today's the day! We've been waiting for months, and it's here! Today!

Like me, you all have been getting ready, talking excitedly with neighbors, blogging and Digging, running spreadsheets to score public statements for degrees of neoconism vs libertarianism, setting up databases to compare voting records vs campaign positions, the usual stuff. And tonight at 7 p.m. CDT, the GOP presidential candidates will each mount the Reagan Library stage, some with high hopes, some with dread, some with good hair, to face their adversaries. Some of the ten contenders have been heavily coached. Some will wonder who they are and why they are there. One that I know probably hasn't rehearsed at all. And all will be on display for the most avid political junkies, like puppies in a store window saying, "pick me, pick me."

Ah, 'tis the culmination of a long-awaited event, more exciting than Christmas to a seven-year-old, and I don't have cable.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Okay, I'm excited again. Politico.com will be streaming the debate live at http://www.politico.com/debate/. Too bad my sound card is fried. I'll have to pull out the laptop. Too bad the battery is dead. J/k on the battery. I will see and hear the debate tonight, so all is well. I can get back to work on the live graphs to map the candidates' position shifts during the debate.

2:28 PM, May 03, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Well... how was it?

9:35 PM, May 03, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Ron Paul did very well according to the MSNBC poll here. This despite the fact that he got less than half the speaking time of McCain as evidenced here.

7:46 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger festivus said...

Yes, but how do YOU think he did?

I didn't watch it - I opted instead to take my boys and a friend to a pre-showing of Spiderman 3, for which I'm sure I garnered far more points that "Hey boys, let's grab some popcorn and our Reagan campaign buttons and watch the debate". I did catch a number of moments both on TV and on the web, and will likely watch a replay.

For me, of the top tier, Mitt is up, Rudy is way down, McCain is unchanged (he was unacceptable before and still is). I'm hoping like hell that Fred Thompson gets in.

Please make Tom Tancredo go away.

8:08 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

I watched some of it too and read more of the transcript. I thought Romney did well. I am now leaning more towards Romney. However, I think all three of the top candidates have the qualifications to be President.

I am not sure if Paul has the qualifications. He has never been an executive before. It's risky to have someone go into a position with no prior executive experience. Being President is more about being a leader than having the right policy views. Although, I think it is good to have him in the debates.

8:48 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Experience is over-rated. Besides, none of these guys is going to win the White House in '08. Bush pretty much screwed things up for the GOP, you must admit.

Right now it's all about reclaiming the party. If we're about a pretty face with little inside the blow-dried head, Romney's your guy. Looking on the bright side, he'll represent absolutely everyone for a few minutes each. So if he doesn't stand for your ideals, just wait a couple days -- he'll get around to it.

9:49 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I'm far more interested in finding out about Spiderman 3 (which has a really cool trailer) than the debate.
How was it, Festivus?

10:54 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

A classic Pencil comment!

11:45 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I knew that's how you were going to react!

So it's not just me that's become predictable.

11:51 AM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

So you admit that you only post to get such reactions.... is that part of the John Adams Blog mission statement?

1:06 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I have a random question, and this seems to be the place to ask it. Am I neurotic? Ahem, no need to answer so quickly.

I'm switching my office for my son's smaller bedroom, and am finding all these old credit card offers, draft tax returns, etc. from over the past few years. I have to tear off each name/address or SSN block and rip each into 4 pieces to go in 4 different trash cans so they end up in different trash bags wherever it is they end up. (Yeah, I could shred them, but would have to put the shreddings into 4 different trash cans too.) Am I taking this too far?

2:51 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Hmm.. it depends. Have you seen Pencil hanging out by your trash bins lately?

10:04 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I thought that was a big racoon. Wearing a pink shirt.

9:26 AM, May 07, 2007  

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