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Opening Arguments

Time waster

So, do you suppose the Republican presidential candidates are deep into debate perparations for Thursday night's Fox extravaganza, boning up on policies, researching issues, memorizing facts and figures? Guess again:

 The first debate, to be hosted by Fox News on Thursday in Cleveland, will present an important opportunity for Republican candidates to introduce themselves to a wider swath of potential voters than any forum to date. But it won’t pose a daunting intellectual or rhetorical challenge. 

Instead, the test will be of “who can craft the best one-liners and deliver them at the debate,” said Rick Santorum, who participated in the full calendar of Republican debates during the 2012 presidential election, and, despite being the runner-up for the nomination that cycle, won’t make the cut for Thursday’s prime-time stage, which is reserved for the top 10 candidates in an average of national polls. Instead, the former senator will spar among the six lowest-ranking candidates a few hours before the main event.

“All the candidates know that giving any kind of substantive answer is a mistake,” Santorum said. “And all you have to do is have zingers.”

So while we're waiting for the sound bites one-liners zingers and hoping for at least a substantive morsel or two and anticipating how Donald Trump will crazy up the event, what exactly are we supposed to get out of this? How will this help us winnow the candiddates. At this point I'm still committed to watching the stupid thig because of a sense of duty to my profession, but I'm really beginning to thing it will be a big, fat waste of time.


Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:50pm

It will be interesting to see if anyone asks Scott Walker,that flag waving fiscal conservative and keeper of the taxpayers dollars how it is that he could have two credit-card debts of more than $10,000 apiece on separate cards and is paying an eye-popping 27.24 percent interest rate on one of them.

This ass clown wants to make decisions regarding the nation's finances and can't handle his own personel affairs any better than that?

Maybe such sound financial judgement is the reason Wisconsin went from a projected state surplus of $1 billion to a deficit of $2.2 billion.

Perhaps he could ask the Koch's for a little help making up the difference.

Leo Morris
Wed, 08/05/2015 - 8:30am

"Liberal defenders of the poor still fascinated with Scott Walker's credit card debt"

 More curious is the implication in the left side coverage of this story that having that debt burden somehow casts doubt on Walker’s bona fides as a fiscal conservative. He’s not a rich guy and never has been. He’s paying off huge student loans for his kids, a mortgage and, yes, he has some credit card debt. That’s not an ideal situation, but don’t you think that it’s one that many, many Americans can relate to, particularly in the middle of the Obama economy? If Walker is managing his debt, taking care of his family and handling his responsibilities that sounds like far more of a positive than a negative to me.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 3:47pm

The medium income in Indiana is roughly $48,000.  Scott Walker makes $144000 as gov. of Wisconsin.  Scotty pulls in about 3 times more annually than the average Hoosier and a lot more than the lower 50% of Hoosiers. On a 2080 hr work year, Scotty makes $69 per hour, hell of a lot of people don't come close to that and carry no credit card debt.

Other people also have to send kids to school, pay mortgages, etc and do it on a lot less than Scotty.  Where  Walker's money goes is irrelevant. Any financial advisor would tell anyone having ten's of thousands in credit card debt they are stupid, period.  And he's not even smart enough to at least shop a card with less than 27% interest?

Does this show the judgement you would like in the White House?  Just another indication Walker is far from ready for prime time.