The Republican presidential debate and Loudoun

Caught the GOP debate on tonight. Not going to go into the candidates here, but something I saw that relates to Loudoun politics.

I think the submitted questions are a great example of why a convention is the right choice for the Loudoun GOP. Admittedly I have no proof, but still it was blatantly obvious to me that a number of those questions were written by liberals/Democrats for the candidates… “What’s one thing you hate about America?” “What’s the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” Or the question to Giuliani about his regrets and blacks in NYC.

This is the kind of nonsense you get from libs trying to interfere with the GOP’s debate, and it’s no different than having a nomination process that is open to Democrats.


4 comments on “The Republican presidential debate and Loudoun

  1. Groovymarlin says:

    “What’s one thing you hate about America?” Was that really a question? I didn’t watch the debate; what were their answers to that one? That’s pretty stupid and ranks right up there with the job interview classic “What’s your worst trait?” (of course you’re supposed to talk about what a workaholic you are, or some similar bullshit).

    On the other hand, I don’t see anything wrong with a question about the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. How is that a “liberal” question? I would think it’s pretty important that any candidate to be leader of the free world can form some type of coherent, informed answer to such a question.

  2. Logipundit says:

    I think it’s a legitimate question, actually. It’s just odd. The point of a debate is to see where they stand on issues, not how knowledgeable they are about the intricacies of Islam. It seems to be designed to be a “gotcha.”

    But it wasn’t near as bad as, “What do you hate about America” or “how many of you guys don’t believe in Evolution?”

  3. Jim G. Hamster says:

    Yes, that was an actual question. I think he answered that he didn’t hate America and talked about what he loved about America instead.

    Like Logipundit said, the sunni/shiite was a gotcha type question. Outside of really personal questions, most questions are legitimate. But we’re selecting our candidate based on things like positions on issues and experience, not who’s the best at Trivial Pursuit.

    I think if it were a Republican from a different campaign posing the question, they would ask Rudy something where he is not in agreement with most Republicans (gay rights, abortion, and other issues where he is more liberal).

    Again, I have no proof, but it was my instinct that leads me to that conclusion. I don’t read the lib blogs enough to know what they’re saying about Rudy (other than picking up Howard Dean’s desperate remarks that Rudy didn’t protect NYC from 9/11). My suspicion is that the libs oppose Rudy because he’s a Republican, and not because he’s too liberal on social issues. So they would attack on some other front. In this case, assuming he lacks international knowledge/experience. So that’s why I think it’s a liberal (or at least anti-Republican) question.

    It’s either that or some kid needed some help on his social studies homework.

  4. Jim G. Hamster says:

    In a slight way, I don’t think the evolution question was that bad, only because the issue has come up in several states in the past few years (or at least Kansas). Otherwise, I would agree that it’s not only a bad question, but inappropriately personal, too. It would be as appropriate as asking who believed in transubstantiation.

    I was surprised by the number of candidates that raised their hands, but I didn’t take notes on who they were.

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