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President 2012: CNN/Tea Express GOP Debate Winners and Losers

David Brody interviews former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

After watching last night’s GOP Presidential debate, I am wondering how and where the GOP got to this place with the top two candidates being Rick Perry and Mitt Romney with an assorted supporting cast. The field could use another candidate or two – calling Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels or Representative Paul Ryan – PLEASE RUN.

The current GOP Presidential field is very weak, each candidate has a track record that can be exploited in the primary elections and by the Democrats in the general election. But, with that said, Sarah Palin has said it is a time for choosing and choose we must.

Winner: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney appeared Presidential, looked good in his skin and his suit was impeccable. Romney shows that he is a cool, calculated character who is not easily rattled. His experience in running for the Presidency these past 6-8 years shows. RomneyCare looms in the background and is very exploitable by the Obama team – they can hardly wait as a matter of fact. But, it might not help Obama and Axelrod with this very poor American economy.

Romney was able to attack Rick Perry with a smile on his face and the nasty direct mail in his back pocket. The attack television ads, especially in Nevada and Florida are just a few months away. Everyone knows they are coming. The issue will be Social Security and Romney will drive Perry into the ground with the term Ponzi Scheme.

Biggest Loser: Rick Perry

Rick Santorum’s quote in the video above is the most telling, “The more I find out about Rick Perry the more concern I have.” This was my feeling and that of the Twitterverse last night. This morning the MSM is piling on Perry.

The Texas Governor continued his folksy way, but did not answer the Social Security Ponzi Scheme questions. Perry has put forward no entitlement reform plan. Romney attacked the issues and the others piled on.

The Gardisil, “government injection” flap was devastating to Perry. We all knew it was coming and exploitable, but Michele Bachmann thrust in the knife and Rick Santorum twisted it. Perry made a poor policy decision, and certainly not a one that will endear him to conservatives – or anyone for that matter. Bachmann’s framing of the issue as “crony capitalism” and a pay off from lobbyists will be replayed time and again.

Next, was the illegal immigration issue and the Texas Dream Act. Perry signed the bill giving the children of illegal aliens an entitlement paid by American citizen taxpayers and was booed by the Tea Party crowd. Immigration is not a primary issue because the GOP controls the House, but conservatives and the Tea Party have to be wondering if this former Al Gore supporter will not be another Bush and/or McCain pushing comprehensive immigration reform. Being booed by the Tea Party is NOT a good thing for Rick Perry.

None of these single issues are fatal to the Perry campaign, but voters have to be wondering, why is Rick Perry considered the front-runner?

Losers: All of the rest

Michele Bachmann did OK and I can see her doing well in Iowa. But, her vision is narrow, has no executive experience and her voice grates on me after a few minutes.

Jon Huntsman – made wise-ass jokes about Nirvana and immigration (to Perry) and has revealed him as the rich, arrogant ass that he is. Huntsman is through with his Presidential run for this year and all time. Done – put a fork in him.

All of the rest have NO chance and debate organizers should limit the number of participants to 3 or 4, plus any newcomers.

Another candidate:

The GOP Establishment must be scrambling this morning after Rick Perry’s implosion. There are better GOP candidates out there and they should be asked to run. Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Paul Ryan are all better candidates, than any in the field. Sarah Palin probably won’t run, but she could beat these characters.

If this is the best field, then you go with Romney, run the Senate races hard and keep your fingers crossed that Obama is so weak that Romney can manage a small win. The GOP will hedge its bets by winning the U.S. Senate and effectively blocking the lame duck Obama.

I was very disappointed in this debate and am certainly not as optimistic that Obama will be a one term President as I was prior.

One Comment

  • Dave Francis



    A women from
    the Caribbean who procured a deceased child’s Social Security number, is just
    one of the hundreds of thousands that are stolen every year.  Any private
    investigator or researcher can explain that obituaries can glean a new
    identity, by searching for young children who have recently died or were in an
    unfortunate accident or brought down by illness. A researcher can go to any
    rural newspaper, which publishes those deceased columns, near to their age and
    get the basic material to acquire the personal details of that individual and
    take on that identity. Annually the American people are finding their credit
    compromised by criminal illegal aliens or nefarious individuals.

    There is a billion dollar business with the protection of Citizen or green card
    possessor, but even so hundreds of people have found their credit crippled or
    even the theft of the equity in their homes. The majority of illegal aliens
    make up their own number, but the criminal element or the temptation is already
    there to steal somebody’s person information. In 1999 I found myself in the
    same predicament, when I was at a car dealership, finding that my Social
    Security was being used by 3 other people. I contacted the Social Security telling
    them a person unknown to me, was employed at a San Antonio, Texas Security
    company using my name and SSN. That said, I never heard any word about the
    crime of any of these three people. Like so many other people, I informed the
    police, and then began the long road back to reviving my good credit.

    This escalation of foreign nationals and other criminals stealing people’s
    identity, the federal government should assess issuing a mandatory official
    picture Identity card to every American. The cost would be a worthwhile causing
    to halt the theft of people’s personal details, even if it the final tally was
    a billion dollars to pay for it? This personal ID card could be used for voting
    (that has been badly compromised by the Liberals and Democrats that seem unconcerned
    of illegal aliens voting) Illegal immigration has effected every bodies life,
    including jobs, the economy of 113 billions of dollars hemorrhaging from both
    federal and state treasuries. In fact another Amnesty that both sides are
    pushing Congress for, would be 2.5 trillion dollars from your pockets in taxes.



    If you come to America unlawfully; it should be punished as a felony. This is
    absolutely ludicrous that foreigners can steal not only your credit, but the
    equity in your home as well. Even small businesses are not exempt from theft,
    finding ways to promote credit lines and then disappearing into the streets. No
    new laws to aid the US population will be enacted by the GOP establishment or
    any Liberal or Democratic politician. The TEA PARTY leadership will stand firm
    against the Rick Perry, Mitt Romney or any other Presidential precursor
    for the White House. Either man has a failing grade in stopping the
    invasion of illegal immigrants from across the globe. Perry specifically, as in
    his earlier speeches advised the Texas legislators to pass another amnesty as
    well as taxpayer paid tuition for the children of illegal aliens; another State
    Dream Act.  Only Michele Bachmann has the
    highest grade on NumbersUSA website.  


    President Obama directed his job speech
    on repairing the infrastructure across America. Highways and bridges
    specifically! The Use of—MANDATORY—E-Verify would ensure most construction jobs
    went to Americans. Contractors and subcontractors have ruined the livelihood of
    hundreds of thousands of small businesses. They have been the worst offenders
    of replacing US citizens and legal residents, with underpaid foreign nationals.
    No jobs are sacred anymore, as cheaper labor has replace lower income Blacks, Hispanics
    and whites  as anything from Janitors, plumbers
    to blue collar hire, especially in Unions. Many illegal aliens have graduated
    for light manufacturing, to working in middle management. THIS IS VERY WRONG

    No business will be exempt from observing the immigration law of 1986, which
    will be punished by the full extent of the law. Amnesties will be a thing of
    the past and entry into the United States, will be with the permission of the
    people. Dream Acts or Sanctuary cities will be none existent under the elected
    government of the TEA PARTY. The 20 million plus living here through unlawful
    entrance will eventually be caught and deported.

    As a second urgent point the Rep. Lamar Smith E-VERIFY BILL TO BE ‘ON THE TABLE’

    It is finally
    happening! A mandatory E-Verify bill is moving through committee. We can see
    this into law THIS FALL — if we push hard enough. Go to NUMBERSUSA to phone
    and insist on this bill be passed.

    Legislation is finally moving through committee (a) to mandate E-Verify
    nationally, (b) to take away the ability of illegal aliens to use stolen
    identities to steal American jobs, (c) and to begin opening up hundreds of
    thousands of construction, manufacturing and service jobs for unemployed

    The “mark-up” (the process of considering amendments and voting out
    the bill) was announced to start Thursday morning.

    Now is the time to pour every bit of activism you can give to helping Members
    of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary understand why they must pass
    this bill.

    H.R. 2885

    New Bill Number for Lamar Smith’s “Legal Workforce Act”

    Since Rep. Smith (R-Texas) introduced this bill early in the year (as bill
    number H.R. 2164), he has gotten a lot of feedback and made enough changes to
    decide to re-introduce the bill under a different number.


    All the basic elements that we’ve described in the past are still in the bill
    (despite huge efforts by powerful forces to water it down).

    But this bill has a wonderful addition.

    The bill creates an office within ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    (ICE), whose sole purpose is to respond to — and investigate — state and
    local governmental agency complaints about businesses hiring and/or employing
    illegal immigrants.

    This new office is required to respond within five business days of the filing
    of the complaint.

    Attorneys General, prosecutors and other state and local officials who believe
    they see a pattern of a business employing illegal aliens will have a direct
    line to ICE with a guarantee of rapid response. As these complaints will be a
    matter of public record, failure of ICE to obey the law will provide direct
    evidence for congressional hearings into Administration misfeasance.

    Fortunately, another office of this type that has been operating as a complaint
    desk on another immigration matter has a reported high degree of compliance by
    the feds and satisfaction by state and local officials.

    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Major
    forces have attempted to get him to keep postponing the moving of this bill. We
    had campaigned hard to get a vote in committee before the August recess. We are
    ecstatic that Chairman Smith has made this bill such a priority and are moving
    this so soon after Labor Day.


    Capitol Switchboard

    Go to the Heritage Foundation website, NumbersUSA or Judicial
    Watch and read for the dollar figures that will turn your stomach sour.
    Discover information at American Patrol, the Liberals and Democrats want
    to keep concealed.




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