sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

September 12, 2011

Good Job Newt!

Filed under: politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:02 pm

You know I have your number.  You know it’s not just me, and you don’t stand a chance in this election.  But you are by far the best debater in the Republican line up, and you certainly know how to keep the audience entertained.  I have to thank you for keeping the candidates focused on attacking Barry O and not each other.

I think they did a reasonably good job deflecting Wolf Blitzer’s questions, except for Ron Paul.

Romney looked most presidential, but we have his number too.  I’m worried that he might win New Hampshire, though.  Was Perry moving about too much?  Ron Paul was channeling Medea Benjamin… in every answer.  I doubt think this debate changed much.

UPDATE:  Here’s Medea getting booed for blaming America first (h/t Breitbart):

And here Maggie gives him a well-deserved treatment.



  1. I agree about Newt. Perry, in my opinion didn’t handle the questions of in-state tuition for illegals and the vaccination of 12 year old girls with Gardasil well at alI, I think he hurt himself on those issues.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — September 13, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    • Illegal tuition is a fair game, I think. MB used gossip in her Gardasil attack on Perry. I doubt vaccination against cancer will have much of an effect. I considering a post about this issue… unless it dies out, of course. Perry got the big picture right, some vaccines have to be mandatory, I have no objection to it. I don’t think that particular one should be, though.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 13, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  2. Thank so much for the link. Since my friend, Conservatives on Fire, is talking about Perry, I’ll continue that conversation. I don’t think Bachmann was gossiping when she made the comment about side effects of Gardisil. Some parents are very, very worried that these vaccines do cause problems. And undoubtedly, some unfortunate things have occurred after a vaccine that may or may not be attributed to it, but you know, even flu shots have had some devastating effects over the years. Bachmann simply recounted what another person told her last night.

    I had my child vaccinated for everything he was supposed to be vaccinated for, but this is different, in my opinion. Diseases like Tuberculosis and Smallpox and Measels and Chickenpox and Polio pass by either touch or breathing the same air – being in a classroom together. Sex is different, and if I had a girl just readying to enter 6th grade, I would not be happy that she is singled out to take the vaccine, intimating that she may or has had a sexual encounter.

    Further, it is not a governor’s right to use an Executive Order, bypassing his Congress, to tell me that I must do this. It is one thing to make it available. It is another thing to make it mandatory, unless I opt out. Opt-in is far more appropriate, but using an Executive Order for such legislation is tyranny. Keep in mind that being in a classroom and contracting any of the diseases I mentioned above is very different from two children deciding to have sex.

    Just my opinion 🙂

    Comment by Maggie@MaggiesNotebook — September 13, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

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  4. Newt’s problem is he likes too much to play the know-it-all scholar like Obama does. I have never liked him.

    Comment by Harrison — September 13, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

  5. Maggie, thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    I have to admit I’m most disappointed with Bachmann. She said that she heard from a woman who claimed that her daughter became mentally retarded after a shot of Gardisile. How does MB know that this woman understands the science behind this vaccine or is even reliable.
    Mandatory vaccination is necessary to achieve heard immunity. I know that my healthy children will not die of measles or whooping cough, but a child who is too young or too weak to get their shots might. If the whole population is vaccinated, the weak individuals will not catch the diseases. That’s why I’m saying that Perry got the big picture right.
    I don’t think that this particular vaccine should be required for all the reasons you mentioned, and also because HPV will not kill a woman right away. By the time today’s 12 y/o might develop cervical cancer, we might already have a cure for it. On the other hand, I can see Perry thinking “OMG — this prevents CANCER.” So he made a wrong call with respect to this particular vaccine. It doesn’t make him a tyrant. I give him the benefit of the doubt here.
    I’m not knowledgeable about the use of executive order in TX.
    Gardisil in not a deal breaker for me. I find Perry’s association with Aga Khan much more troublesome.
    And in-state tuition for illegals… well, it’s sort of like what Romney said about TX being an easy state to govern, except in reverse. Not giving tuition to illegals probably wouldn’t be a big problem in North Dakota where they probably don’t have a large Hispanic population (except that they might for all I know).

    Except Newt is a real deal. He really is a historian, and he published books that he himself wrote. Oh, and he has no need for a teleprompter. I actually had a lot of respect for him when I first started following politics 10 years ago.
    Never trust a politician, I guess…

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 13, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    • Newt IS a smart guy… I will give him that. But he also loves the spotlight. Part of me thinks he relished his confrontation w/Clinton in the 90s when the Federal Government shutdown. Newt would make a good VP but I just don’t see that he has the people skills to sit in the big chair.

      Comment by Harrison — September 14, 2011 @ 11:48 am

      • To tell you the truth, I’m not sure I even want Gingrich on the ticket, I just enjoy watching him in the debates.

        Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 14, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  6. […] I suppose to support Gingrich after I swore off of him?  He’s certainly intelligent and well-spoken and he knows how to stay above the fray… […]

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