I will have more to say about the candidates -- both Republican and Democrat -- as time goes on. However, time is pressing this week so I'll just make a quick commentary sparked by last night's "debate" between the GOP candidates for president.
First off, calling these events a "debate" is a bit of a joke. They aren't debates. They're glorified news conferences at best, and dog and pony shows at worst. There isn't time in 60 seconds to debate or flesh out any issue with substance, so those of us who vote can really make a decision as to who the best candidate will be. There might be flashes of substance here and there, but can one really evaluate a candidate's positions on controversial issues by quick promises and soundbites? I say no. I would love to see a genuine "Lincoln-Douglas" type debate under formal debate rules. I could care less whether or not it sells television commercials. Those who can't pay attention can just go watch a pro wrestling match for all I care. I want to know -- IN DETAIL -- what these guys propose to do about the problems our country faces.
Having said that, I think Mike Huckabee's performance last night was solid given the constraints. He clearly stated his positions on social issues of concern to Christians, and they match up with mine. More than that, despite the short time alloted him by the questioners, he even pitched some quick, innovative ideas on health care and the Social Security question. I'd love to see those ideas fleshed out substantively. And that brings me to another comment.
Have you ever gotten the idea that the media are trying to pick the Republican nominee? They appear to me to have chosen Rudy Giuliani. Have you also ever gotten the idea that some of the GOP candidates are in the field simply to siphon off support from enough true conservatives that the "real" desired person will gain the nod during the primaries? It is well known how fractured the conservative movement is at the moment. Divided between eight candidates, we can't pick one and stick with him.
Here's another thing to consider. Ever think about the real fact that many conservative Christians will not vote or go third party before they'll vote for a pro-abortion, pro-gay rights candidate? Think that little fact isn't known by the hierarchy? And that little fact might well put Hillary in the White House? Some Republicans would be just fine and dandy with that one.