Who Won the NBC Facebook Debate on Meet the Press from New Hampshire? 1/8/12

Instant Analysis:

For the second time in 10 hours, candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination debated in NH. Fatigue was present in the eyes of these 6 hopefuls but, they continued their trend of strong debating from last night. Gregory for all of the flack he takes week to week on Meet the Press, did much better than the silly questions moderators of ten hour ago. No one really “stepped in it” this morning but, we’ll try to break down the winners and losers.

Winners:

Rick Santorum: Santorum does much better with less candidates on stage and when he gets the opportunity to elaborate on his positions. He’s got the swagger of a contender now, sparring with Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Speaking of Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney: Did you see him put Santorum in check during the first ten minutes of the debate? He called out Santorum who was grimacing during his replies and took on all attackers. Once again he the “pinata at the party”. Often, we forget how Romney can assert himself and take control of a conversation. Most importantly, he made it through both debates with out a major flub that could cost him New Hampshire.

Rick Perry: What?! I know what you thinking. Follow me here. Rick Perry wasn’t debating to a New Hampshire crowd in attendance. He was talking to the voters in the state where he’ll make his last stand and that is South Carolina. In a pretty moderate dialouge, Perry went far right and complimented the Tea Party movement and painted himself, in the brightest shade of red possible. He also continued to spin his “oops” meltdown in a lighthearted manner.

Jon Huntsman: I mentioned the moderate dialogue in the last paragraph and in one of the more emotional moments of the debate, Huntsman defended his service as Ambassador to China under Barack Obama and mentioned his two sons currently serving overseas. He flourished when talking about bi-partisanship in Washington but, still showed fiscal restraint, complimenting the Ryan plan. Is he going to get the nomination? Probably not, but this debate was one of the finer moments of his campaign.

Losers:

Ron Paul: Paul must learn to stay away from Santroum during these things. Every time the spotlight shines on Paul’s foreign policy views, it gets awkward. He was also read some unflattering numbers by the moderator concerning his effectiveness in passing legislation.

Newt Gingrich: While it’s entertaining having negative Newt back. He’s making the same mistake of going after the moderators too often, even when there is nothing there. He lagged on face time and didn’t leave an impression that will lead to gains in the polls.

Well, the candidates need to learn from these debates and find some time for rest before the final sprint towards the primary on Tuesday. For one or two of them, it might be the last contest they make it to.

Who Won the ABC Yahoo GOP Debate from New Hampshire? 1/7/12

Wow, the candidates were on top of their game. Unfortunately, with no audible reminders of timing, they could go on as long as they wanted. Everyone sounded good at one time or another but this debate isn’t going to shake up the polls. And, yes there is another debate in less than half a day.

Winners:

Mitt Romney: Mitt did what Mitt does best and what has allowed him to stay on top for so long. He stood at his podium with his hands in his pockets, grinning, and letting the other candidates slam each other up and down the venue. Then about an hour an half in, he gave a heck of an inspiring rant that will probably show up in one of his ads soon.

Rick Santorum: Look at Santorum, wearing big brother’s clothes! The former Pennsylvania Senator did well in his first debate at the middle podiums. He answered clearly, stayed on message and effectively attacked when he had to.

Ron Paul: Calm down, calm down, ..Ron Paul spoke Ron Paul policies well. He also got slugged by Gingrich over integrity at the halfway point. Reading economic textbooks on a Saturday night? I’m compelled to throw him in the loser column over that alone.

Losers:

Newt Gingrich: While negative Newt did make his return tonight, it wasn’t quite enough to change momentum. Not instantly anyways. His lack of face time was a problem.

Rick Perry: When the Texas Governor needed a daring and game-changing debate to save his campaign, he disappeared. He didn’t speak until the 13 minute mark. He should just go to South Carolina right now.

Jon Huntsman:Oh, those moderate policies. I’m not dissing them, I’m a moderate. But, in a room full of conservatives during a primary against an unpopular President, it got a little quite during some of his replies.

George Stepanopolus: With the most ridiculous question of all of the debates so far. “Do states have the right to outlaw, contraception”. He was mocked and teased about it by the candidates and he stretched it out to a painful extent. In the current political landscape there far are more pressing matters at hand.

No time for rest guys! We’ve got another debate tomorrow morning. See you then!

Sprinting in the Dark: Your Iowa Caucus Preview Pt. II

Welcome back.

This is the second and final article, trying to unravel the mystery that is Iowa voters. If you haven’t read part I and the Google elves have sent you here first. Then, catch up with the first article here. With only five days to go, we’ve examined Newt, Santorum, Bachmann and Huntsman’s chances at victory and today we’ll check out the rest of the group, we’ve grown fond of over the last 194 debates.

Ron Paul:It’s fun to watch voters listen to Ron Paul for the first time. In a 10 minute speech he’ll have them nodding and “amen”ing everything he has to say about cutting the size of government and fiscal restraint during tough times.

Then in the last two minutes he’ll throw the listeners off a political cliff and the whole thing just seems like a cruel prank.

He’s cool with Iran having nukes and wants to scale back national defense so far, that we’ll be defending our borders with Woofle bats and spitballs.

Everyone knows that drawing back defense spending is necessary component for an overall economic solution. But, it’s imperative we remain vigilant against possible threats against our allies like Israel. Especially against malicious nuclear powers, especially against Iran. Anyhow let’s break it down further.

Strengths: Some of the most loyal supporters in American politics and, a ground war in Iowa that currently has him out front in most polls. Can he modify his defense message and “clarify” those connections to radical literature published under his watch?

Weaknesses: Foreign Policy and while his slicing and dicing governments philosophy plays well in a Republican primary, it’s hard to see the guy as electable in a general election, against a President who is going to try to run against the image of a “do nothing” congress”.

Paul's supporters will have to sell Iowa on his foreign policy views

Rick Perry: Man, it seems like a few short months ago, when Texas governor Rick Perry seemed like a sure thing for the Republican nomination President and then he started debating.

“He was for it before, he was against it or….”
“I would cut 3 uhhhh”
“New Hampshire is just the coolest state…Granite state”

Even though he spun the debacle brilliantly and is still a very likable candidate, his poll numbers tumbled and enthusiasm behind the campaign has waned.

Strengths:Dollar, dollar bill y’all. Rick Perry was able to raise loads of cash before his debate meltdowns and has got the money to stay until the end. Away from the podium, Perry comes as advertised and running on his record serves him well.

Weaknesses: His debating ability, his massive loss of momentum and….I can’t think of the third one (Low hanging fruit tastes just as good!)

Memorable Campaign Quote: “Oops”

Mitt Romney:Well, look who decided to show up to the party! Romney, who wasn’t expected to finish in the top 3 in Iowa, rolled in like a cool breeze on Wednesday afternoon, after his poll numbers jumped over the last week. Romney is planning on victory in New Hampshire and rolling that momentum down to South Carolina, then here to FLA. Could he run the table and take Iowa too?

Strengths: Vote frustration. Every candidate has shot to the top of the polls and anointed for victory, only to have excitement over their candidacy fade and fall. Then, like a last resort date to the prom, you’ve got your cousin Mitt Romney. Who is about as exiting Merchant Ivory film from the mid 90′s.

Weaknesses: I’ll bet you a $1000 dollars you can’t think of one of Romney’s weaknesses.

Memorable Campaign Quote: “This is the time to talk about it, we’re running for President”

Will Iowa finally like Mitt Romney?

Conclusion: It’s anybody’s race at this point. Bachmann had a major setback last night, when her campaign chairman defected to the Ron Paul campaign. Still, it’s too muddled to see who is going to pull this off. The candidates have been laid out for you and I’ll make a prediction soon. Keep checking back!

Sprinting in the Dark: Your Iowa Caucus Preview Pt. 1

One thing we know moving towards the Iowa Caucus next week is that, they’re is a candidate for every kind of voter. Capitol Hill Veterans, Mamma Grizzly-Conservative Firebrands, Southern Conservative Governors, North Eastern Republicans, and even a Libertarian to chose from.

What we don’t know is, who’s going to pull it off, or if victory in Iowa even means anything anymore. Let’s take a look at the candidates.

Newt Gingrich: Was this guy even suppose to be here? A few months back, his campaign staff left him for dead and armed only with a smug arrogance, contempt for the media, and a nothing to lose debate philosophy, Gingrich rode the anti-Romney crowd to recent front runner status.

Strengths: The most knowledgeable candidate in the field, years of capitol hill experience, a cavalier communication style and blunt, upfront relationship with the media when relaying his message.

Weaknesses: His cavalier communication style and blunt upfront relationship with media when relaying his message! This guy is a Press Secretary’s nightmare, who is capable of saying a regrettable statement at any given moment. Like…..

Memorable Campaign Quote: “I’m going to be the nominee”

Gingrich's own enemy is himself

Rick Santorum: He was invisible for the majority of the debates and his diet apparently only consists of Red Bull and Vivarin because, the former Senator from Pennsylvania looks and sounds like he could snap at any minute and go on a campaign ending tirade.

Strengths: He’s already hit all of Iowa’s 99 counties and is going back for seconds. He’ll barnstorm with the best of them and 08′ Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee expects him to do well. His platform actually appeals to a lot of Conservatives.

Weaknesses: He’s just so terrible when talking about it. Man, that Palin endorsement would sure come in handy right now.

Memorable Campaign Quote: (look of panic)

If Santorum could do a better job getting his message out there, he could contend



Michele Bachmann:
Remember Bachmann’s first debate appearance? She brought a firm conservative message and much needed spark to the primary conversation. She won the Ames straw poll faster than anyone ever has (she’ll be happy to let you know that). Then her message got repetitive and her stock dropped. Rick Perry and Herman Cain started getting the pub and she got less time to remind us that she has 837 foster children.

Strengths: When Michele Bachmann flexes her Tax Attorney smarts, she sounds calculated and versed on her stop-spending campaign ideology. She’s outgoing during the debates and jumps into the conversation completely out of nowhere, like a stranger waiting in line at the grocery store. She’s already won in Iowa and as everyone has mentioned a thousand times before, she was born there.

Weaknesses: It’s the same ole message since she’s jumped in the race…literally. It hasn’t evolved and that’s difficult to do considering she sends out about 30 news releases a day. Dodd-Frank, Tea Party Caucus, Foster Mother. It’s time for something new.

Memorable Campaign Quote: “Turn 999 upside down and you’ll see. The Devil is in the details”

Bachmann has won in Iowa before, can she do it again?

Jon Huntsman: Congratulations to the Huntsman campaign! By ignoring Iowa, sitting out debates, and deserting Orlando for New Hampshire, you’ve managed to alienate two early voting states! A difficult feat to accomplish this early in the campaign season.

Strengths: Kermit the Frog, baby! The two bonded on the set of Saturday Night Live and rumor has it that the Huntsman campaign will have Kermit stump for him in Iowa. His daughters are terrific on the campaign trail and are surprisingly frank when addressing their dad’s chances.

Weaknesses: He hasn’t set foot in the state in months and gave up on it a long time ago. He’s polling 3rd in New Hampshire, the granite state will be the former Utah Governor’s last stand.

Memorable Campaign Quote: ” I use to poll as a margin of error”

if Huntsman sent Kermit to Iowa he could be the front runner by the weekend.

Part II Tomorrow!

Top Poliltical Quotes of the Year 2011 from FPFT

You gotta love these end of year posts and today we’ve got a great one. 2011 brought us some terrific quotes both brilliant and ridiculous. We’ve got strong declarations, scathing criticism, silly rants, and inspiring dialogue. This is a terrific time to relive all of those memorable moments. Let’s get going!

“Florida is open for business” – Governor Rick Scott during his inauguration.

“Visit me at charlie@forthepeople.com. Morgan & Morgan for the people”- Ex-Governor Charlie Crist joins Personal Injury Superfirm Morgan&Morgan.

Dog Bite? Kawlll

“We’ve got a governor who has done more harm to the state of Florida in the last nine months than any single man in the history of the state of Florida,”- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Florida Governor Rick Scott

“We’re hoping Batman retires in Delray Beach”- A Governor Rick Scott Imposter during a Twitter Townhall answering concerns about crime in FL.

Florida's plan for fighting crime?

“An attack against one who serves is an attack against all who serve.”- Speaker of the House John Boehner in response to the Tuscon shootings.

“Journalist and Pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the violence they report to condemn. That is reprehensible”- Sarah Palin “stepping in it” when addressing the tragic shootings in Tuscon.

“The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there. That’s good enough for me”
Speaker John Boehner speaking about President Obama’s gift certificate.

“The answer is I did not send that tweet. My system was hacked”-Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner addressing lewd photos he tweeted of himself

“To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it”- Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner addressing lewd photos he tweeted of himself at a press conference a few days later.

“To the unemployed citizens of Florida, this is an emergency session”

“Show me the jobs”

“Don’t blink”- Governor Rick Scott during his State of the State Address

“You are a traitor, I swear, you will not be re-elected. I will get an opponent.”- Florida State Rep. Scott Randolph to fellow State Rep Daphne Campbell during an abortion issue vote.

“I’ve got my mind on your money and your money on my mind!”
- Former Senator and Current Senate Candidate George Lemieux attack ad mocking Bill Nelson’s fiscal policy.

“The Buckethead Show has service marked “Let’s get to work”
-Jason “Buckethead” Bailey challenging Governor Rick Scott to a job creation competition… He scored the interview.

“Tonight, I can report to the American people and the world that United States has conducted an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda”- President Barack Obama after the death of Osama Bin Laden

“I’m not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ too.”- Sarah Palin on Rapper Common’s invite to the White House.

Common caused a stir when he visited hhe White House earlier this year

“Are you a flake?”- Fox New Sunday Host Chris Wallace to Presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

While…..we’re on Bachmann

“My husband and I have raised five kids, we have 23 foster children“-..

“All the style and grace of a punch in the face. She’s a double down, deeeebie downer.” American Crossroads ad dissing Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.



“If Bill Nelson doesn’t win, Barack Obama won’t win Florida.”
- Vice President Joe Biden

“Corporations are people too. They’re made of people” Prez Candidate Mitt Romney

“Move Mitch, Get out the way!”
“Caucus Blockers”
“Anytime Democrats and Republicans come together, somebody is getting screwed”
- Jimmy Fallon during a slow jam the news segment about the Debt Ceiling Deal.

“If 10% is good enough for god, 9% should be just fine for the federal government”- Herman Cain on his 999 Economic Plan

“Turn 999 upside down and look. The Devil is in the details”- Michele Bachmann on Cain’s 999 plan

“if your dealt 4 aces that doesn’t make you a great poker player”
Mitt Romney on Rick Perry’s Texas Job Creation Conditions.

“Pass this bill!”- Barack Obama during a joint session of Congress addressing the American Jobs Act

There simply aren’t anywords for this one guys. Oops- Texas Governor and Prez Candidate Rick Perry



“My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this administration”
- Libertarian Candidate for President Gary Johnson.

“At one point I was polling as a margin of error”- Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman

“We strongly believe that our dad, has the experience and the proven track record to revive America’s economy and create jobs. Even if we didn’t believe that….we’d still have to be here”- Jon Huntsman daughters during a hilarious spoof of the Herman Cain “smoke ad”.

“You’re only a career politician because you couldn’t beat Ted Kennedy!”- Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney during an ABC debate.

Oh no he didn't!

“Get the hell off the beach at Asbury Park and get out. You’re done. It’s 4:30, you’ve maximized your tan. Get off the beach. Get in your cars and get out of those areas.”- Chris Christie to his NJ Constituents prior to Hurricane Irene. Not connected to Florida but too good to leave out!.

and finally…

“The Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.”- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords via Twitter on her return to Washington after being shot in January during the tragic Tuscon Shootings.

The return of Gabrielle Giffords to Washington was an inspiration to everyone.

There you have it. 2011 was a year full of quotes and this post easily could have been twice as long. See you tomorrow.