GOP You Tube Wrap-Upby Kevin Boyd
Tonight, the Republicans had their YouTube debate. I recommend my co-blogger Jason’s live blog about it.
Basically, I think tonight ended some bids for the White House and it gave some dark horse candidates a boost.
Winners: (In order of best to worst)
He was outstanding in his delivery on all the questions. He has reduced the campaign down to one-liners and quips. Huckabee earned his spot on the ticket tonight, unfortunately. The only question is, which position.
He hit home runs on Iraq and torture. He also criticized Republicans for spending too much. He acted presidential.
He did what he needed to do, which was not screwup. His YouTube video was the best of the night.
Losers: (In order of worst to best)
Constantly flip-flopped on everything from immigration to religion to gays. His campaign is pretty much over.
Came off as a raving lunatic when talking about well…everything. Except, his response to the last question, which was excellent and the response of agencies to eliminate, except when he went on a tangent about Iraq and set up a home run opportunity for McCain. The criticism of the Iraq War sounded like a “Blame America first” response. Also, Ron Paul missed numerous opportunities to make a cause for the free market and fiscal responsibility and ceded that ground to McCain and others. Paul made no impact with Republican voters tonight but he’ll stay in the top tier because he kept his supporters fired up. Also, the Ronulans that were there drowned out McCain when he responded to Paul and that will not go well with Republican voters.
He didn’t stand out overall, but when he did, it was because he was too mean. His YouTube video was the worst of the night. Fred Thompson needed a good performance and he didn’t deliver. His campaign is over as he’ll now fall off the top tier.