Monday’s Republican Tea Party Debates on CNN: Did You Watch?

On Monday night we had yet another Republican presidential debate. CNN wanted their own debate, so they called it the “Tea Party Republican Debate” to drum up viewers who usually leave the TV set on Fox News.

The most notable moment was probably when Wolf Blitzer posited what Ron Paul would do about a hypothetical uninsured 30-year-old who fell into a coma.

Wolf: “Are you saying that society should just let him die?”

(screams from the audience: “YEAH! WOOOO! YEAH!”)

Ron Paul said, “Well, uh, no” and then rambled about how when he practiced medicine in the pre-Medicare days, the church took care of people. He said we should be relying on friends and family and communities to take care of us. (Like when he used his campaign donor email list to raise money for his campaign manager, who racked up $400,000 in medical bills while uninsured and dying of complications from viral pneumonia.) Somehow, relying on the government for healthcare is evil and anti-freedom, but expecting the people who sit in your pew at church to pay half a million bucks for your treatment is totally cool.

Mostly the candidates just took potshots at one another. Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry of “crony capitalism” (a line she ripped off from fellow Tea Partybot Sarah Palin) because he mandated that young girls get the Gardasil vaccine. She objected on two moral fronts: women’s rights and campaign funding. As she put it, “innocent 12-year-old girls shouldn’t be forced to have a government injection.” Yeah, she’s all over women’s rights, as long as their hymens are intact and their uteruses are empty.

Bachmann also pointed out that Rick Perry received $5,000 in donations from Merck, who make Gardasil. As Perry pointed out, $5k is petty cash in campaign donations. He said “That’s not enough to buy me,” which begs the question, “How much WOULD buy you, and if we raise it, will you promise to get out of politics forever?”

Then Perry and Romney fought about social security, and Perry and Paul fought about creating jobs, and overall, I’m kind of surprised no one punched anyone else in the face, because you could tell they were thinking about it. It’s a distinct possibility that Pawlenty dropped out early to avoid this kind of pettiness and hopefully get the VP nomination from whoever ends up winning the nomination.

So what say you, Persephoneers? Did you watch Monday’s debate? Thoughts?



By STFUConservatives

Jess, the mastermind behind STFU Conservatives, is a bike-riding hippie liberal who lives in West Hollywood. Her favorite political issues are abortion, marijuana, health care, and class issues. Her favorite apolitical topics of conversation include small dogs, Diet Coke, and extensive TV viewing.

2 replies on “Monday’s Republican Tea Party Debates on CNN: Did You Watch?”

I watched. The HPV thing made me really upset because I found myself supporting Rick Perry. I also wish that Bachman would actually come out and say what she meant: she’s against HPV vaccines because she thinks girls should be punished for having sex. Otherwise she’d have to come out against measles vaccines as well.

Also, Newt Gingrich is a total dick, eh? Holy crap, that guy couldn’t answer a direct question if he tried. Also, Jon Huntsman, please stop trying to insert jokes about Kurt Cobain into GOP debates. It will not win you the youth vote.

I enjoyed Huntsman’s little joke. After all, most of the people who would’ve chuckled at it or been fans of Kurt Cobain when he was alive are no longer really considered ‘youth’ – they are 30 year olds, like me. But then, I like Huntsman for the most part. I don’t think he’ll make it far enough to consider voting for him, which is a shame, but I have done some research on him and for the most part I like him. He is clearly the most well spoken and intelligent of the panel.

The audience at that debate disturbed me FAR more than the panel did, and that’s saying something. I couldn’t believe they booed Rick Perry for what he said about immigration (it was the one time the entire night I agreed with something he said). And they were so rowdy when Paul went to answer the “thirty year old in a coma” question that he couldn’t even answer it properly (then again, Paul is known to get somewhat flustered at debates). It’s funny how Paul clearly said “no”, that he did not expect society to just let the hypothetical person die, but clearly the audience did. Disturbing.

Every time Michelle Bachmann said “innocent little girls” I felt violated. I don’t know how I feel about it being mandatory to get a certain vaccine, but the way she was demonizing Perry for trying to protect the health of women and little girls was really disturbing and offensive.

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