Liveblogging CNN Democratic Debate Part I

I will be liveblogging the CNN Democratic Debate. Hilarity will ensue.

5:01: Look at Hillary’s outfit. St. John’s perhaps…appx. $2000. Cleavage…scary…but better than the usual bellboy pantsuits.

5:04: “real conversation”…yeah right, Campbell Brown.

Hillary intro:

5:05: “registering voters in South Texas?” Hillary’s secret Texan past…

5:06: Ann Richards mention #1 a la Hillary…time to take a shot!

5:07: health insurance mention…”cross the party line”…military with health insurance mention…a new twist
discrimination against sick people…wow…

5:08: ahhh…the Walter Reed chestnut…
all at once…”Darn that Bush!”…and his dastardly subsidies
“your campaign”…gee I sure hope not…

Obama intro:

5:09: Obama taking the direct approach…
oh boy…let’s mention a “little people” anecdote…and again…and again…and again..

5:10: NAFTA…dun dun dunnnnnn!
here we go with the bracelet again…

5:11: generic statment about similarities and differences between Obama and Clinton…yawnnn…
RIP Good Ideas.
agenda “stranglehold” by lobbyists

5:12 “enlist” the American people…ooo…military term…”nutroot outrage ensues”

FINALLY…real questions…
How about we speak a little Spanish…”siesta?”

Raul Castro visit?

political prisoners release
press freedom
open economy

main idea: stipulations before potential visit…”evidence that change was happening”
“diplomatic encounters”

Obama (let’s speak for him, Campbell, shall we?):
“i would meet without preconditions”
repeat of Hillary’s points w/o open economy
“show of good faith”…let’s loosen some restrictions (guhhhreat!)

Campbell calls him on a flipflop…

“our policy has been a failure”

JFK quote-drop…same quote…again…”we should never negotiate out of fear but never fear to negotiate.”

Clinton: don’t offer initial request


“Darn that Bush!” Volume 2

“bipartisan diplomacy”

“Darn that Bush!” in 3D

*Dolores Huerta sitting next to Chelsea Clinton…faaaaaabulous*

Obama: one step difference between them…

New question: Economy
the R-word!


Obama: the mysterious “people” in “communities” strike again
people struggling for “decades” now…including Bill Jeff?
1. no tax breaks for outsourcing companies
2. no tax cuts for wealthy (blah blah blah)
3. trade deals, enviro/safety standards (the ‘ol lead paint chestnut)
4. green economy…
how do we generate billions by capping greenhouse gases…?

“working coalition for change”
let’s just pit some Americans against other Americans…phantom battles

Clinton…”you’re ready, he’s not!”
loopholes, giveaways, TX/OH jobs, “the wealthy and the well-connected have had a president for the past seven years” (Bill?)
“Trade Time-out”, “Trade Prosecutor”…whaaaaaa?
foreclosure “I’ve been saying this for nearly a year”
80k TX, 90k OH homes foreclosed…good stats
(namedropping phantom people again)

1. “Clean, Green Jobs” $5 bil…
2. Infrastructure (let’s exploit the bridge collapse and Big Dig deaths again)
3. “George Bush’s war on science” “innovation nation” (are you kidding me?)

New question: Immigration Raids?

Clinton: consider stopping raids except egregious situations
“babies being left with no-one to take care of them” (where?)

*side note: Obama looking repetitive and old in comparison to Hillary…never thought I’d say that*

“bring the immigrants out of the shadows”
learning English!
criminals must be deported
1st 100 days of presidency…

Obama: “political FOOTBALL” — CIR….
“tone down the rhetoric”
“we have seen hate crimes skyrocket” against Hispanic community (is he crazy?)
“people with Spanish surnames being discriminated against” (another HUH?)
“improve our relationship with Mexico”
“Darn that Bush!” four times the fun! (Iraq + immigration…?)

New Question: The Border Fence

Clinton voted for fence…surprising…
Clinton: “both Senator Obama and I voted for [fence]”
“Darn that Bush!” x5
GWB is dumb…yadayadayada
(passports are burdens?)
“I would listen to the people who live along the border”
*Let’s have Clinton actually answer the question*
Clinton vs. eminent domain?
“let’s deploy more technology and personnel”

*Not mentioned: NAFTA!*

Obama: this is an area where Senator Clinton and I almost agree
“my home state of Illinois” (jab at Clinton)
DREAM Act namedrop…
two classes…which means…

New Question: Bilingual US?

Clinton: English is a unifying, common language
(but she’s against official English language of US?)
“English does remain an important part of the American experience.”

“I also think that every student should be learning another language”
NCLB failure: foreign languages neglected (waaaaaaaaaaah!)

This concludes part one.


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