Just days before President Obama’s fund-raising swing through Los Angeles, his campaign office on the city’s Westside was vandalized. BB gun pellets and a window was shattered, and police currently have no suspects. (Los Angeles Times)
Debate Fallout: Pundits are pouncing on Rick Perry for a poor debate performance — and some conservatives are grousing over his suggestion that they lack “heart” for their hardline stances on immigration. William Kristol of the Weekly Standard was not impressed.
“The e-mails flooding into our inbox during the evening were less guarded. Early on, we received this missive from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!” As the evening went on, the craziness receded, and the demoralized comments we received stressed the mediocrity of the field rather than its wackiness. As one more experienced, and therefore more jaded, observer wrote: “I just thought maybe it’s always this bad…they’re only marginally worse than McCain and Bush.”
“Now there are some legitimate excuses. With nine candidates on the stage, and answers restricted to one minute, it’s hard to really show your stuff. And two of the candidates—Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney—did provide respectable performances. But no front-runner in a presidential field has ever, we imagine, had as weak a showing as Rick Perry. It was close to a disqualifying two hours for him. And Mitt Romney remains, when all is said and done, a technocratic management consultant whose one term as governor produced Romneycare. He could rise to the occasion as president. Or not.”
Ana Marie Cox writes at The Guardian that GOP debate audiences are starting to obscure the candidates, with boos heard as a gay soldier in Iraq, above, asked Rick Santorum whether he’d roll back the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That could be a problem in the long term as the party tries to appeal to moderates.
She writes that “what should concern the GOP is how their audiences’ reactions distort platforms and campaigns. A 2007 study showed that cheering influenced positively – and measurably – a viewing audience’s perception of a candidate’s performance. If the campaigns proceed and profit from these unruly, even uncivilised outbreaks, the party will get pulled further and further from the core of its appeal to moderates, which used to be that Republicans are the people who will let you be.
“The news outlets that organise these debates have no interest at all in keeping the GOP from embarrassing itself. Indeed, they’re willing to lead the way.”
Freeman vs. the Tea Party: Morgan Freeman, in an interview with Piers Morgan, says that the Tea Party’s stance has to do with racism.
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” he said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.'”