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July 23, 2007

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The green room at the Citadel…

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More cheez please…this is painful, very!

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  1. July 23, 2007 11:03 PM

    And we are live…

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  2. July 23, 2007 11:06 PM

    Live from The Citadel, the Military University of South Carolina, steeped in military tradition, we provide an interesting backdrop for the Second Democratic Presidential Debate in South Carolina.

    A debate in which foreign policy and national security will be scrutinized…

    – Adam Piper

  3. July 23, 2007 11:07 PM

    Obama combats inexperience with outside perspective.

  4. July 23, 2007 11:08 PM

    YouTube question for Kucinich –
    Democrats are united – we get it – why Kucinich and not Hillary or Obama…

    Kucinich recognizes The Citadel and its tradition but notes while he respects the military and believes in duty and honor – he believes in “Strength through Peace” and has voted 100% against the war…

    Interesting answer – Republican words with Liberal positions…

    ACP

  5. July 23, 2007 11:09 PM

    Hillary –
    Ready from Day One – 35 years as “Agent of Change…”

    Also…Is Hillary a Clemson fan with the Orange get up?

    ACP

  6. July 23, 2007 11:10 PM

    Obama –
    No PAC money – need new perspective…setting himself apart from Hillary’s “35 years”

  7. July 23, 2007 11:11 PM

    Nice YouTube question – Hillary – Liberal?

    Word meant “for freedom…”
    Unfortunately it has been made to stand for “Big Govt”

    I prefer the word/label – “Progressive…”

    “Modern Progressive…”

    She believes in individual freedom…

    So is it the individual or does it take a progressive community?

  8. July 23, 2007 11:13 PM

    Gravel –
    We’re not united…
    Take on Obama – no lobbyist money – but 134 bundlers and a lot of big money who employ a lot of lobbyists…

    Obama refers to Gravel as Mike not Senator while Gravel referred to Obama as Senator not Mike…a bit lacking in respect for elders – then again this is a YouTube debate…

    ACP

  9. July 23, 2007 11:17 PM

    Democrats pick Favorite Republican…

    Biden, who supposedly has a Republican wife – likes Hagel – so does Edwards…Edwards then talks about change and taking down big money – he’s done so in courtrooms…

    Essentially – John Edwards believes the courtroom is the publishers clearinghouse…

    ACP

  10. July 23, 2007 11:19 PM

    Reparations…is the flag next….

    Edwards against Reparations.

    Obama believes reparations we need is investment in our schools…town hall meeting in Flotown – Cooridor of Shame (www.cooridorofshame.com) – refers to documentary project of John Rainey and Pat Conroy…

    And now Kuchinich shows he is the Democrat Ron Paul and says he is for Reparations…and a equality of opportunity…does he believe in socialism…

    ACP

  11. July 23, 2007 11:20 PM

    YouTube Question on Hurricane Katrina and race and class…Can we talk about issues like Education and real issues that unite not those divide…wait this is CNN – lets hope Lightning doesn’t strike again…

    ACP

  12. July 23, 2007 11:21 PM

    Is every question in this debate going to be about race? I am not for racism but to have almost every question about race or experience is already getting boring.

  13. July 23, 2007 11:23 PM

    Richardson had a great answer on Katrina and removing the red tape…

    Biden’s was a bit too starched…

    Richardson’s mention of removing red tape shows he can cross over like his NRA record…interesting contrast to his opponents, who are far more liberal.

    ACP

  14. July 23, 2007 11:27 PM

    Hillary – proud to be running as a woman…may be able to break that glass ceiling – running because I believe I am most expereined to “hit the ground running…”

    Not about race/etnicity/gender – about experienced and strong leadership – she sounds way to cued up like she’s reading a teleprompter and not genuine…

    Edwards on his wife’s comment on gender –
    Anyone, who holds Obama’s race or Hillary’s gender as a disqualifier – I don’t want their vote…
    Edwards would nearly double the minimum wage by 2012…
    More women are in the other America and he memorized the stats…

    Hillary in response:
    I admire Elizabeth Edwards and John’s comments, now she affirms her stance on women’s rights issues – I wonder if the National Organization for Women sponsored this question…

  15. July 23, 2007 11:28 PM

    Questions tonight have focused on minorities…Race, Gender and now Gay Marriage…

    Wow – this is no different from the other debates…

    ACP

  16. July 23, 2007 11:28 PM

    I like Hillary’s dress it is nice to have a pink color on stage among all black suits.

  17. July 23, 2007 11:28 PM

    Kucinich favors Reparations, Gay Marriage, and Equal Rights for Martians and welcomes all to America…

    ACP

  18. July 23, 2007 11:30 PM

    Where are the questions on education? I thought education was the question most asked on YouTube?

  19. July 23, 2007 11:32 PM

    Edwards – conflicted about gay marriage…Elizabeth supports Gay Marriage, John does not…

  20. July 23, 2007 11:33 PM

    We interrupt tonight’s debate and remind you these questions have been sponsored by:
    THE NAACP,
    THE NOW,
    THE Equal Rights Coalition,
    and Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition…

  21. July 23, 2007 11:34 PM

    This is the problem with America the Rev. asks a question and he says he does not even hear the answer to the question. How could you not hear the answer?
    Listen up Reverend next time.

  22. July 23, 2007 11:35 PM

    30 minutes and no substance…can we get a real question on Education or Foreign Policy…

  23. July 23, 2007 11:38 PM

    Rumor in the Spin Room is ObamaGirl is in the House and will be asking a question tonight…

  24. July 23, 2007 11:39 PM

    And now we have a new topic – Darfur and ending Genocide…

    Prediction – Hillary will mentions Yugoslavia and her husband’s actions against Milosivic…

  25. July 23, 2007 11:43 PM

    Richardson – We need permanent UN Peace Keeping Troops there stationary…Genocide – 200k died – America needs to respond with Diplomacy…

    Biden – US Troops needed – Biden – brings up Milosivic not Hillary – my bad…

    Biden – They think US can save them and we can…

    Gravel – US hasn’t lived up to sense of global governance – they’re afraid of us and we have a “noblesse oblige…”

    Clinton – More walk, less talk… NATO no fly zone – dodges trops on ground…US for logistics…NO GROUND TROOPS…

    Clinton turns the table on the fact we’re losing fight with Al Qaeda…

    ACP

  26. Terrye permalink
    July 23, 2007 11:43 PM

    Regarding the issue of gay marriage.

    The democrats fail to realize that “traditional marriage” is the bedrock of all cultures ever to have flourished on the earth. By thier embrace of gay marriage, they deny the “wisdom of the ages”
    Having forgot their history, they fail to realize that cultures which have imploded have done so by redefining the meaning of “family” thus cracking the foundation under which that very society built.
    Be careful here, redefining basic institutions has NEVER worked and never will. It is a fundamental threat to our American existence!

  27. July 23, 2007 11:45 PM

    New twist – CNN Grad – 1st US Service Man to die in Iraq…12 Citadel Grads have died in combat since 9/11 – we remember them…

    Nice Tribute and tie in to the location…

    And guess what the next question is pulling out…

    ACP

  28. July 23, 2007 11:45 PM

    New Question – Why pull out now? How, Isn’t it our responsibility to foster this government…

    Obama – opposed war from start – seperates himself from Hillary…

  29. July 23, 2007 11:47 PM

    Obama – Clear Message to IRAQ – NO MILITARY SOLUTION… Snow excused Iraqi Gov’t Recess for weather – our troops must persevere that weather…

    Obama – will pull out on day one as POTUS if not already done…

    Biden – 1 year to pull out logistically – Cannot pull out without Political Solution – only one with political solution…

    Biden is more Presidential than Obama…

    ACP

  30. July 23, 2007 11:51 PM

    Hillary starts the Bush Bashing…the glove are now off – I wish Zell Miller was up there so he could give his spit ball line from the 2004 RNC Convention:

    Imagine Zell up there mixing it up with his former party – that would be a debate – not this pity party.

    ACP

  31. July 23, 2007 11:51 PM

    I want to ask a question – What do y’all disagree about…

  32. July 23, 2007 11:52 PM

    Are Dems playing politics with Iraq?
    If they ask that question, then CNN believes that statement…
    Richardson – Lives of our Troops more important than Bush Legacy – Bring them home within a year – no residual forces…Bring them home…

  33. July 23, 2007 11:53 PM

    Mike Gravel brings much needed life to this debate…Thank God, I was falling asleep.

  34. July 23, 2007 11:54 PM

    These are some very angry folks…

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  35. July 23, 2007 11:55 PM

    John Edwards “Lives Strong” and rocks the Lance Armstrong wrist band…wonder what Lance thinks about John Edwards…

    ACP

  36. July 23, 2007 11:56 PM

    Dodd: Universal National Service – not mandating it – every American should have opportunity to serve country – Dodd mentions his service.

  37. July 23, 2007 11:58 PM

    Hillary wants a Public Service Academy – modeled after the Citadel…so would she favor an “Unorganized Militia of the United States of America” which brings up the Second Amendment – and I doubt we’ll get a NRA question at a DNC debate…

    ACP

  38. July 23, 2007 11:59 PM

    John Edwards $400 locks are getting a lot of face time…

    Edwards, Clinton, Obama, and Dodd have been getting a lot of time…

    ACP

  39. July 24, 2007 12:00 AM

    Mike Gravel cracks me up and keeps me awake here in a nicely equipped green room complete with Yogurt Pretzels, Peanuts, Raisins, and Diet Coke…as well as Citadel Propaganda..and a bio on Howard Dean…

    Speaking of Chairman Dean – will he please scream and wake everyone up – YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!

    ACP

  40. July 24, 2007 12:03 AM

    Question if Dems would meet with folks like Castro, Chavez, Musharref, and Ahmadinejad…

    Obama would…then again if he would be elected he would say, “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…”

    Hillary wouldn’t talk with them…I wonder who would and who wouldn’t – guessing Kuchinich would meet with them and probably seek their advice…

    ACP

  41. July 24, 2007 12:04 AM

    Edwards would meet with Castro, Chavez, Kim Yung Il…

    It’s not enough to meet with bad leaders – then why meet with them if they’re bad leaders…

    ACP

  42. July 24, 2007 12:06 AM

    The 1st 30 min were about race, gender, and creed, the next are about pulling out of Iraq and allowing the buzzards of the middle east to eat its young democracy…

    ACP

  43. July 24, 2007 12:07 AM

    I wonder what else is on television and how many people are watching tonight…

    ACP

  44. July 24, 2007 12:09 AM

    Okay I like Biden…a little bit, what a zinger.

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  45. July 24, 2007 12:10 AM

    Biden – WOW – Why not equip our troops if they’re still there.

    Hillary – Joe is right – move a brigade a month – that is a lot of months – not even planning for that in the Pentagon –

    Problem is this President and the Pentagon – Hillary loves to BushBash…

    reminds me of the song from the QB in Jerry Maguire – instead of CushLash, BushBash…
    ACP

  46. July 24, 2007 12:10 AM

    Text Peace – to Dennis Kucinich – he will make sure Mars hears your voice…

    ACP

  47. July 24, 2007 12:11 AM

    As we take a break – earlier tonight a plane flew over the No Fly Zone at The Citadel proclaiming Stop Her Now, in their honor, please take this time to visit http://www.StopHerNow.com during this commercial break…

    We’ll be back in a few…

  48. July 24, 2007 12:15 AM

    We’re back – with the best campaign ad of 08 – Bill Richardson’s job applicant ad…

    This ad is brilliant and reminds me of the work of Bill Hillsman and the Jesse Ventura Action Figure ads from 98…

    ACP

  49. July 24, 2007 12:16 AM

    That last video was recorded by the fine folks at Ed in 08…

    Mike Gravel was dyslexia – and now can speak – and uses it in his few seconds to provide the best sound bites of the night…

  50. July 24, 2007 12:17 AM

    Did you know Barrack Obama went by Barry in High School and went to a Private School in Hawaii with a $100 million endowment…

    ACP

  51. July 24, 2007 12:18 AM

    Sarah Chakles formerly with ETV just handed us the transcript from the first hour…we’ll review and give a recap…as they knock up Children left behind in the debate…that sounded wrong…but plugs the funniest movie of the summer – Knocked Up – which is far more entertaining than tonight’s debate…

    ACP

  52. July 24, 2007 12:19 AM

    Joe Biden voted for No Child Left Behind because of his faith in Ted Kennedy, would he ride in a car with him or support Ted Kennedy as a Drivers Ed instructor?

    ACP

  53. July 24, 2007 12:23 AM

    Edwards kids go to Public School

    Chelsea went to public schools up to 8th Grade and then a very expensive private school – Sidwell Friends in DC…

    Obama’s kids went to Private School in Chicago…

    Biden – kids went to Private School – wife and daughter were killed after elected… kids went to Catholic School – kids wouldn’t have if wife/kids hadn’t been killed.

    Kucinich – daughter Jackie, who might be older than his wife – went to public schools…

    Gravel – believes in competition – I think he might be Randy Page and SCRG’s favorite Dem…

    Dodd – Accountablity important – so is white hair –

    ACP…

  54. July 24, 2007 12:23 AM

    Competition in Education? What?

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  55. July 24, 2007 12:24 AM

    Since the NAACP, NOW and Gay Rights have asked questions, now Planned Parenthood does so…

    This debate is sponsored by the Liberal Special Interests which includes CNN…

    ACP

  56. July 24, 2007 12:25 AM

    Obama slams Romney on Sex Ed and his record in Mass…read more at MassResistance.com on Romney’s liberal record –

  57. Sammy permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:25 AM

    I don’t understand why Barak is not considered half white…not half black.
    Whats up with dat?

  58. July 24, 2007 12:26 AM

    Murfreesboro, TN is home to Middle Tennessee State University, whose head coach is former USC/Clemson recruit guru – Rick Stockstill…

    ACP

  59. July 24, 2007 12:26 AM

    Biden – makes fun of rednecks – TN was offended by that guy…

    I guess Joe Biden wouldn’t survive up in Clemson Country…

    ACP

  60. July 24, 2007 12:27 AM

    Global Warming – and the special interests continue…

    Kucinich blasts Big Oil, but leaves out Cheney and Halliburton…

    Kucinich – others not green enough – is his skin green – is green a Mars skin tone – come on Anderson ask better questions…

    ACP

  61. Sammy permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:28 AM

    Jeff…

    Throw 1o dollars on the floor behind them, and see who dives for it first.

    And if Hillary bends over for the loot…freeze frame her butt…so scientist can measure it, and put it in the Guinness book of World Records.

  62. July 24, 2007 12:28 AM

    Gravel supports the Fair Tax…

    FairTax had a big rally here today – though not as big as in Cola for the Fox News debate…

    Gravel supports Fair Tax and School Choice – is he really a dem?

    ACP

  63. July 24, 2007 12:30 AM

    Dodd talks about Carbon Credits…I want to sell Carbon Credits – it’s a great scheme – own and bunch of trees and bill rich folks like John Edwards for using a lot of energy so they don’t feel guilty…

    I would buy forestry land and then make it a carbon credit plant and then treaten to sell the lumber and see how much Al Gore would pay me not to chop down the trees.

    ACP

  64. Wallace permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:31 AM

    Ask the Dem debaters if any of them have presided over governments that have grown as fast as Mark Sanford’s SC government?

  65. July 24, 2007 12:31 AM

    I wonder what kind of Private Planes they flew on…

    We should send an intern to Charleston’s General Aviation terminal to jot down tail numbers…

    ACP

  66. July 24, 2007 12:32 AM

    Obama first to bash Cheney – that took a while to come up – a bit surprising…

    ACP

  67. July 24, 2007 12:33 AM

    Hillary has Energy Strategery – no tax cuts for big energy…agnostic on nuclear power – so Hillary lacks a position – then why is she still talking…

    ACP

  68. July 24, 2007 12:34 AM

    Electronic Voting System problems – sounds like something out of the Robin Williams hit, Man of the Year…

    ACP…

    And by the way this video was paid for by Starbucks…

  69. July 24, 2007 12:35 AM

    Richardson – same day registration – what?
    Same day registration could lead to huge corruption – maybe that’s the Dem. Strategy – get illegals to register with fake ids and then give them amnesty…

    ACP

  70. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:37 AM

    SC Hotline is cutting edge…you guys are great.

    I love the new media. Keep up the good work..and down with Cindy Ross Scoppe and all her clones.

  71. July 24, 2007 12:38 AM

    Gaffer – please chime in and live blog with us from your tv set…

  72. July 24, 2007 12:39 AM

    And we’re back – Dennis Kucinich reminds you to text peace – I wonder what text plan he has…

    ACP

  73. July 24, 2007 12:40 AM

    This question is on the minimum wage – which went up 70 cents this week…

    ACP

  74. July 24, 2007 12:41 AM

    Gravel would work for the minimum wage –
    Dodd couldn’t support his kids on it – that’s a No
    Hillary – Yes
    Obama – most folks could because they’re rich and guess what I am too after my book deal…
    Richardson – Yes
    Biden – I don’t have Obama money – I would with a 2nd job
    Kucinich – Yes, but wouldn’t want to…

    That was a cute segment…

    ACP

  75. July 24, 2007 12:42 AM

    Social Security…

    Let me guess no one here is for privatization…

    ACP

  76. July 24, 2007 12:43 AM

    The folks over at the National Journal’s Hotline On Call – just posted this fact:
    Just Sayin’

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — So far On Call has counted 26 videos aired tonight. Of those videos so far, six were recorded by women and at least 17 were recorded by men.

    And a couple videos were either mixed or from non-gender entities. You know, like an animated snowman asking about global warming.

    … hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com
    ACP

  77. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:43 AM

    Hillary needs a shave.

  78. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:47 AM

    to you guys that are there…do any of them have PRESENCE…you kjnow…that LOOK? Bill Clinton had it, Regan had it.

    Any of them?

  79. July 24, 2007 12:47 AM

    And now the last questions are on Healthcare –

    Will Hillary bring up Hillary care

  80. July 24, 2007 12:48 AM

    I wonder if Willy Nelson submitted a music video or Kinky Friedman the singer turned Cowboy turned Indie who ran for TX Gov last year…

    ACP

  81. July 24, 2007 12:49 AM

    Gaffer – the look…
    We’re in a green room – so we can’t see them…

    but Mike Gravel looks a bit better tonight – better than last time when he wore khakis…

    ACP

  82. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:50 AM

    Are there any white poeple left in the Democratic party of SC?

  83. July 24, 2007 12:50 AM

    John Edwards – Universal Health Care –

    10 dollars to first candidate to say – I watched Sicko and agree with Michael Moore…

    ACP

  84. July 24, 2007 12:51 AM

    John Edwards went on a poverty tour to find clients for a class action law suit so he could make a few hundred more million…

    ACP

  85. July 24, 2007 12:52 AM

    Hillary Clinton could wear that outfit on Halloween or at Clemson…I bet they would boo her at Clemson worse than her husband got booed at Darlington…

    ACP

  86. Greenville Boy permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:53 AM

    I knew we could count on a fashion report from Piper…Adam, have you figured out yet if Obama is wearing briefs or boxers…or a thong?

  87. July 24, 2007 12:54 AM

    Richardson – would cover illegal aliens…so they get health care and don’t pay taxes – sounds like a great gig…

    ACP

  88. July 24, 2007 12:54 AM

    Gaffer,

    Maybe Biden, they are all trying to pull the I’m outraged heart string song.

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  89. Wallace permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:54 AM

    Do you guys think you will be able to meet them?

  90. July 24, 2007 12:56 AM

    Wallace,

    Yes our folks our in the spin room positioning themselves now.

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  91. Wallace permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:56 AM

    They shoulda let Ron Paul join them.
    Why not?

  92. July 24, 2007 12:56 AM

    For my next fashion report – I would ask Hillary – how much did your hair coloring cost…

    Hillary needs a SoreLoserman sign…and a kleenex for her Al Gore tears…

    Hillary – Partisan Rah Rah – Donkeys Good – Elephants Bad –

    Gravel disagree – Clintons sold out DLC…Hedge Funds…Gravel’s great – he’s like a grumpy old man a little Walter Mathau and a little Zell Miller…

    ACP…

  93. Wallace permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:57 AM

    Cool…get an autograph. Jeff…They can sign your ascot.

  94. July 24, 2007 12:57 AM

    Anyone remember when Obama campaigned for Inez and called her Tenenbauma at Darrell Jackson’s church…

    By the way Inez is in the house tonight…

    ACP

  95. July 24, 2007 12:58 AM

    In GOD we trust…

    Biden – Religion taught me about abuse of power…bring up his record – kind of sounds the same about everything… Coin has it just right…

    Now an atheist has a question…

    ACP

  96. Randy permalink
    July 24, 2007 12:58 AM

    Pull an Seinfield…scream fire, and see which of them throws the old ladies on the floor as they botl from the room…hahaah

  97. July 24, 2007 1:01 AM

    Wallace,

    Get off my ascot, maybe a picture of Green or Piper with Hillary…

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  98. Randy permalink
    July 24, 2007 1:02 AM

    Is working for losing candidates mandatory for live bloggers? Campbell? Floyd? etc…

    You guys have a lousy track record…

  99. July 24, 2007 1:03 AM

    I like that guys baby – Richardson doesn’t embrace his NRA rating but runs from it –

    Biden – if that’s his baby he needs help…Biden also attacked rednecks from Tennessee tonight…now calls the guy a retard – wtf… Biden just shot himself in the foot…Biden, “I hope he doesn’t come looking for me…” Biden has some loose lips and loose lips sink ships…

    Here’s a message: that guy’s gun has killed less than Ted Kennedy’s Drivers License…

    ACP

  100. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 1:03 AM

    Hey…

    WHo is the coolest press or famous person there?

  101. July 24, 2007 1:03 AM

    The Obama video is very JFK…dont ya think?

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  102. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 1:05 AM

    he has a bullet in his head?

  103. Gaffer permalink
    July 24, 2007 1:06 AM

    or Marlyin Monroe ‘s head in his lap?

  104. July 24, 2007 1:08 AM

    Here’s the kumbaya question – an ice breaker from corporate retreats…

    Gravel – I served with Dodd’s Daddy…Follow the money – Politics as ususal…
    Dodd – I love Elizabeth Edwards – nothing negative about trial lawyers…they give me money…
    Edwards – Admire William Jefferson Clinton – not sure about the Clemson Jacket…
    Clinton – Dodd – admire and like Barack and you see tonight the Dems are ready to lead…
    Obama – likes the Clemson coat – likes Richardson’s lifetime of service…don’t like that he doesn’t like the White Sox…
    Richardon – I love everyone here – they would all make a great VP for me…Richardson – only neg thing on Biden – Dennis and I are friends from Mars – Like your (young) wife…
    Kucinich – He talked about my wife – noone to my left – because you’re off the cliff… noone more mainstream (in Mars) – Gravel courage in Vietnam – thank you Mike Gravel…

    ACP – I don’t like Hillary’s coat – I like Gravel on the Fair Tax and I don’t like the liberal special interests who hijacked this debate on non issues…

    ACP

  105. July 24, 2007 1:08 AM

    Coolest is Obamagirl…she’s heading for the SpinRoom…

  106. Ransmo permalink
    July 24, 2007 1:57 AM

    As cool as Mike Green is a silver TuTu?

  107. Ransmo permalink
    July 24, 2007 2:00 AM

    Or Adam Piper in Mike Campbells thong?

  108. July 24, 2007 2:02 AM

    From the spin room, Biden is on fire the regular host of SC politico’s from Tenenbaum and Clyburn to Former Governor Hodges are working the floor. A few of the actors from the West Wing are also here making the rounds and making a quite a show of it.

    ~Jeffrey Sewell

  109. Wallace permalink
    July 24, 2007 2:09 AM

    Actors…democrats? really?
    heheh
    Thanks for doing this blog thing tonight.

  110. July 24, 2007 2:21 AM

    Okay the YouTube Obamagirl is here and neither she nor Barack Obama were seen in the spin room…were they in their own spin room?

    ACP

  111. July 24, 2007 2:01 PM

    When glancing over transcripts from last night’s Democrat affair with The Citadel, one thing stands out. The Democrats spent more time debating reparations for slavery than they did talking about taxes.

    In fact when you look back at last night’s debate, the democrats did a song and dance routine on gay marriage, gender glass ceilings, and reparations, but dodged an issue, taxes, that matters to every man, woman and child in America.

    How of much of that was by choice of the candidates? Not much, it’s not Barack Obama’s fault CNN chose to ask him about reparations and issues which lack significance in dinner table discussions across America, yet chose Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel to address taxes.

    Speaking of Gravel, he’s off his rocker, but he makes for good theatre. In the spin room, he went off on an African American reporter on how his plan does more black people than Barack Obama’a candidacy…folks, you can’t make this stuff up…

    All in all, last night’s debate was a nice song and dance that showcased what Howard Dean pledged to do four years and has done so as Chairman of the DNC, show off the Democrat wing of the Democratic party. CNN and YouTube helped the DNC do so last night in a debate that delved more into issues of minorities than it did into issues such as education, health care, and taxes combined.

    In hindsight, one must observe that not much happened in the two hours of debate. Hillary and Obama played it safe with the exception of Obama saying he would meet with rogue leaders like Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Ahmadinejad. While Hillary and Obama played it safe, John Edwards and Joe Biden stated they didn’t want a few electorates to vote for them. John Edwards was noble is saying he didn’t want racists and misogynists to vote for him and Joe Biden was loose lipped in questioning the mental capacity of a law abiding gun owner. While Joe Biden did well overall, I can only think of the NRA bumper stickers that read: I am the NRA and I vote. While Joe Biden lost NRA votes, that can be seen as a plus within the DNC and Joe Biden’s overall performance makes him the surprise winner. Obama also did well as he was articulate and his answers were clean, while Dodd took show representing the Northeastern – Ted Kennedy voice.

    To me the clear loser was John Edwards for his tacky jab at Hillary’s coat…Hillary also lost because her strategy was the football equivalent of a prevent defense – which only prevents you from winning and Richardson, despite his resume, fumbled a lot of questions and wants to give benefits to illegals.

    My personal favorite moments came from Mike Gravel for his tirade on PAC money and support for the Fair Tax and Dennis Kucinich for his sticking to his kooky text messaging theme throughout the night…

    Win, Place, and Show: Biden, Obama, Dodd
    Losers: Edwards, Richardson, Hillary
    Congeliality: Gravel, Kucinich

    – Adam Piper

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