Friday, August 12, 2011

The GOP Ames debate - a win for Fox News

If you didn't watch the GOP debate last night, here are five short video highlights from the debate. And you can follow some of the Twitter comments on the debate. And this one from Jonah Goldberg sums up the debate: "Fox has asked tougher questions of the GOP hopefuls in 90 minutes than 95% of MSMers have asked of Obama in three years." Perhaps the real winner was Fox News which asked better and more interesting questions than the MSM generally ask in debates and definitely better than they ask Obama when they get the opportunity. The questions addressed the criticisms that are out there about these candidates and gave them a chance to answer questions that people have about them. I was left hoping that these panelists would be on debates once the general election begins. Though perhaps next time they can find time for a question on entitlements.

That's why I think Byron York's question about whether Bachmann would be submissive to her husband was a fair question. She had introduced the phrase in her own discussion of her decision to study tax law because her husband had advised her to do so and the Bible told women to be submissive to their husbands. She tried to get around that by saying that, for her, submission means respect, but that just doesn't ring right with the earlier anecdote. It would have been quite easy to say that she was respecting her husband's advice rather than thinking of the Bible injunction to be submissive. As Sarah Kunin at ABC points out, the dictionary definition of submission is quite different from the word "respect."
Submission (n): The action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.
It might sound fine to evangelicals, but I have to think that such a comment will be irritating to other women.

Newt Gingrich might think it's clever to attack Chris Wallace for a "gotcha question," but that is what they're supposed to do in these debates. And face it, Newt Gingrich is no Ronald Reagan.

Tim Pawlenty's attacks on Michele Bachmann demonstrated the strategic problems facing candidates in a multi-candidate race. He went after her, but that helped Mitt Romney who must have been enjoying Pawlenty taking on one of the stronger challengers to Romney's candidacy. Romney must be hoping that Pawlenty and Bachmann help him out by taking on Rick Perry the next time they all meet up in a debate with Perry now in it. I think we'll all be looking to see how Perry performs in the debates.