Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Republicans Come to Gatorville!

If you're watching the Republican debate live from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton at 9 tonight on MSNBC, join me for a good political natter.

49 Comments:

Blogger gatorbob said...

Latest MSNBC/McClatchey polls:

Romney 30%
McCain 24%
Giuliani 18%
Huckabee 14%

Not good news for Rudy, who's pinned his entire campaign on Florida. Expect some Rudy vs. Mitt fistacuffs tonight!

5:35 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Right, here we go and the first question is teed up to Mitt Romney, the corporate smoothy and it's about whether he agrees with the Bush economic plan. He's hedging here as usual. I'd like to see the Huckster jump on him for that.

9:04 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

The Mack may be back but he's putting everyone to sleep with a long-winded answer about interest rates. He is a terrible debater.

9:07 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Now it's Rudy's turn and like the others, he loathe to run away from Bush. They're in a bind here in the GOP. Bush is tremendously popular among GOP primary voters but unpopular in the country as a whole. Whoever comes out on top will be pummeled on the Bush issue in the fall.

9:08 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

For some reason, Russert has gone back to McCain, asking him if the focus on the economy hurts his campaign. What a stupid horse-race based question. And what happened to the other two candidates?

9:10 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Another weird question from Timbo - does Huck trust Romney on tax cuts? Duh - of course not. Next question.

9:11 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Unbelievable. Huckabee has just called for building two extra lanes on I-95 from Maine to Florida as a means of stimulating the economy. Madness!

9:13 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Romney's wearing the cheap looking JC Penny suit again tonight. This must his effort to not look like "The Man."

9:14 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

McCain claims that the GOP lost the 2006 elections because of the "Bridge to Nowhere." He's forgotten Mark Foley and...um Iraq.

9:16 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Finally Ron Paul gets his chance some fifteen minutes into the contest. Unfortunately, he's even worse on economic issues than the others. When he talks about Iraq and imperialism he rings some bells, but on the economy, he's the guy who'd cut the government down to just cops and soldiers.

9:17 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Here goes Mitt attacking "the culture of Washington." Buddy, your dad was part of that culture. You're a third generation politician. This idea that Mitt's a Washington outsider is just pure shite.

9:27 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Good question from the audience hitting McCain on his view that we'll be in Iraq in 100 years.

9:31 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

And a goodie from Brian Williams about the need for a draft. Of course, he skirts it by suggesting more of an expanded GI Bill. And now some bollocks about "winning" in Iraq. What does that even mean?

9:32 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

They're hitting some stride now. McCain is forced to say that Iraq was worthwhile and to repeat that it was mishandled rather than being a terrible idea from the start. As Russert points out, 60% of the country is against him. That's got to be the focus in the fall.

9:35 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Rudy dodging the question at first but when pushed restates that he was in favor of Iraq at the beginning and is still in favor of it.

9:36 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Ron Paul comes in with a great answer saying that Iraq was a worthless exercise and gets a big hand from the crowd.

9:36 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Huckabee - "There was the potential of weapons of mass destruction." "Just because you don't find every Easter egg, doesn't mean that they weren't planted." Huh?

9:37 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Romney - "it was the right decision. I supported it then and now." Great - these feckers really are willing to drive the GOP bus off a bridge. Every time I start to despair about the Democrats, a GOP debate comes along to cheer me up.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

My kids didn't find the golden easter egg either, but nor did I hide one!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

We're getting funeral payment plans as adverts here on MSNBC. How appropriate!

9:42 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Nice one, Trev! Glad to hear that you're kids are more sensible than Huck. Can we nominate one of them?

9:44 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Romney throws Rudy a softball . . .

9:45 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Now for the round of questions from one candidate to another. First up Mitt to Rudy on China.

Not exactly a free market answer from Giuliani. We've got to be careful about buying from China, says he. Milton Friedman wouldn't like that answer, Rudy.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Howdy, Gator . . . This is Rudy's last stand . . . he needs a miracle to still be standing after Super Tuesday . . .

9:46 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Absolutely, and Rudy's turning it toward Clinton bashing. Pathetic.

Now for McCain to Huck on the "Fair Tax." Decent question that gets at the unfairness of the flat tax - that it's regressive.

9:47 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Rudy's toast on Tuesday. And he's not even leading in NY and NJ anymore. He's finished. How do you feel about Romney as the GOP nominee? Still feel he's beatable?

9:48 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

"Not everyone has read the Fair Tax" . . . Is the Huckster suprised by that?

9:48 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Hey, Mike, lay off the pimps. As Jay-Z would put it, "Pimpin' ain't easy."

9:49 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Yes, Romney is a paper bag . . . I'm starting to FEEL Obama is getting to a tipping point and he's going to roll to the nomination . . . perhaps, it was the MLK weekend that has led me there, but I'm starting to feel it.

9:50 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

You can't turn a corner without bumping into a Fair Taxer down here, unfortunately. I keep telling people that when they tried to institute a flat tax in Britain, there were riots. I've still got a "Bollocks to the Poll tax" t-shirt.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Uh-oh . . . my battery is fading . . . 15 minutes left.

9:52 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

I hope you're right. I'm getting scared when I look at those Tsunami Tuesday polls where Clinton's up in a bunch of states. Obama needs to win Cali - no doubt about it. The crazy thing is that an Obama/Clinton ticket would absolutely muller any of these hosebags on stage, but their egos will probably preclude that happening.

9:52 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Huck to Romney on guns. He claims to "support the 2nd amendment," meaning that he's saddled up with the gun nuts.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Whenever I listen to these nuts on the 2nd Amendment I have to ask myself . . . WTF?

9:54 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Giuliani to Romney on property insurance, taking side swipes at McCain.

McCain: "Who's answering this question?" Get a good laugh.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Do you think Bill's bullying is going to back fire?

9:56 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

I'm with you, Trev. They should all have to go quail hunting with Cheney.

9:56 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Interesting question on Bill. I think he's wrecking his own legacy with the race-baiting, but it seems to be damaging Obama and the Clintons are desperate to get back into the East Wing. The only Clinton I can stomach these days is Chelsea.

9:58 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

I hear that Kucinich is dropping out tomorrow. RIP. Shame, Elizabeth Kucinich would've been the mother of all FLILFs.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Indeed . .. doesn't DK have to protect his House seat? . . . I have to run . . . enjoy the rest of the debate . . .

10:00 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Giuliani is not too bad on the environment for this crowd. When Huck's asked about it he gets all Ecclesiastes about God's "dominion over nature."

10:00 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Cheers, mate! Talk to you this weekend.

10:01 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

More bullshit horserace questions from Williams. Rudy parries one about his losing campaign. Now it's McCain's turn to twist in the wind on the issue of Republicans hating him. Good luck.

10:08 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

McCain claims to put his "country before my party." I'm not sure that he won any points with that.

10:10 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Romney scores some cheap points by imagining a "married couple running the country."

10:11 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

I've had enough of this - I'm off to "Make me a Supermodel."

10:12 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Right, I've turned back over during the ads and now I can't get the image of John McCain in a thong out of my mind. Yechhh!

10:27 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

It's the Sly Stone vs. Chuck Norris competition now. Nice to see that these guys are taking the Presidential campaign seriously. What a load of chuckleheads.

10:28 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

The debate's finished and the talking heads have started their spinning. The pundits seem to believe that Mitt Romney was the big winner and I agree but mainly because the others didn't push him. This was definitely make or break for certainly Rudy Giuliani and Huckabee and probably for McCain. If Romney cleans up in Florida, it's just about over.

10:40 PM  

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