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Run Away, Republican Candidates, Run Away!

Pres_seal.jpgThe job of Chief Executive of the United States calls for someone who can act on a moment's notice. Someone who, when the red phone rings, will step up to the plate and hit a home run. It worries me when I see a presidential candidate who is afraid... a candidate who avoids situations where they might be at risk, or where the future is uncertain.

I see nobody in the Republican camp who has exhibited those "hit a home run" qualities. The Republican who is flat-out afraid to declare his candidacy, Fred Thompson, is afraid to declare because once he does the press takes off the kid gloves and the hard questions start coming at him, and that's a frightening prospect for the man President Richard Nixon called "Dumb as Hell."

Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly demonstrated poor judgment, ranging from locating New York's Emergency Command Center in the World Trade Center AFTER the 1993 bombing demonstrated that the center was a clear and persistent target for terrorist attacks (and then lying about his role in the decision), to agreeing that his lobbying firm could do lobbying work for Citgo Petroleum Corp., a unit of the state-owned oil company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

And Romney has already proven he's a few fries short of a happy meal...

So you'd think the Republican presidential hopefuls would go out of their way to show off their bravery and willingness to rise to the occasion under adverse conditions, but no - not this group. A YouTube video of a snowman has this group of sad putzes on the run...

[...] Republicans' hesitancy to participate in the YouTube debate comes from having watched the Democratic YouTube debate. During the first try, Democrats had to answer difficult questions. Senator Hillary Clinton was asked if she was a liberal. Joe Biden and John Edwards had to reveal their choice for a Republican running mate. Edwards and Barack Obama had to answer a question about reparations for slavery. Questions on gay marriage, whether they sent their kids to public or private school and if they've talked to their children about sex education only made things more uncomfortable.

The Democratic debate was great television. No candidate stumbled too badly, though there were plenty of opportunities to do so, and it provided the first real clash between Obama and Clinton.

Now, put yourself in the shoes of Rudy Giuliani's campaign, or Mitt Romney's campaign. Some of the questions Democrats were asked were not anything a consultant could expect, and that leads to danger. If you want your candidate to stay on message, why would you allow them to face questions the likes of which you are unable to predict?

What better way to comment on this situation than via a YouTube video clip? That's right - you big, bad Republicans...

Warning! YouTube video Alert! Citizen ahead asking tough questions! Run Away, Republicans... Run Away!

(2:43)
Click the play button in the lower left-hand corner to play the video.

Well said, James. Let's hope someone in their campaign is brave enough to watch your video and listen to what you have to say.


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Comments (8)

U.P. Man:

What where the reason Democrats ran away from a debate on a Fox News channel?

Oh, that's right they didn't want to answer questions.

You say Fox is slanted to the right? Well, isn't CNN slanted to the LEFT?

Who chooses the questions that get asked to the Presidential candidates? Why that would be CNN.

I still think they should do the debate, but as you on the Left did not attempt to get the Democrats to go on Fox, I call you hypocrite.

Lee Ward:

Fox News isn't a legitimate news operation. It's been proven that Fox is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the GOP.

I don't think the Democrats should participate in a debate on the Cartoon Channel either.

But it isn't the fact that the YouTube debate is on CNN that has the big, bad Republican candidates wetting their BVDs, UP Man.

It's the fact that the Republican candidates are afraid of the YouTube format. These big, bad Republican sissies are afraid to face the people of the United States and answer the tough questions posed by voters.

A lot of people on the right think that's wrong, but then there are plenty on the right who make excuses no matter how wrong their candidates are... that's a pity.


U.P. Man:

CNN News isn't a legitimate news operation. It's been proven that CNN is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the DNC.

I don't think the Democrats should participate in a debate on the Cartoon Channel either.

But it isn't the fact that the YouTube debate is on CNN that has the big, bad Republican candidates wetting their BVDs, UP Man.

It's the fact that the Democratic candidates are afraid of the Fox format. These big, bad Democrat sissies are afraid to face the people of the United States and answer the tough questions posed by voters.

A lot of people on the left think that's wrong, but then there are plenty on the left who make excuses no matter how wrong their candidates are... that's a pity.

Still, you are a hypocrite. Democrats we can't stand up to question posed to us by our political rivals, and you excuse it.

marc:

These big, bad Republican sissies are afraid to face the people of the United States and answer the tough questions posed by voters.

Funny, most if not all the Rep candidates have faced "the voters" during town hall type campaign stops. Those were voters right Lee?

So your point is breathless nonsense. The only reason it is an issue for you is the Dems did a U-tube video and the Reps MAY not. Note the "may not" nothing is settled at this point.

Which also makes your little diatribe based on a hypothetical.

Lee Ward:

"Still, you are a hypocrite. Democrats we can't stand up to question posed to us by our political rivals, and you excuse it."

The debate is supposed to be between the candidates, not between the questioner and the candidates -- thanks for showing that the phony Fox debates were nothing more than a chance for Fox to try to skewer the Democratic candidates, UP Man. No wonder you keep drawing immature analogs between that situation and the YouTube debates.

I do love it when you prove my points.

Not quit spamming our comment threads with your BS or I'll be forced to give you the Lorie Byrd.

Lee Ward:

"Funny, most if not all the Rep candidates have faced "the voters" during town hall type campaign stops. Those were voters right Lee?"

Yeah, and the Town Hall meetings weren't nationally televised with millions of voters watching, now were they marc?

"The only reason it is an issue for you is the Dems did a U-tube video and the Reps MAY not. Note the "may not" nothing is settled at this point."

Oh, you mean the pansy-assed Republican wimps may acquiesce under pressure from their constituencies, and from guys like James in the YouTube clip above, and flip-flop their positions on this? Gee, that would be a surprise.

Who's going to hold Mitt Romney's hand when the red phone rings, marc?

bryanD:

Youtube = "U-tube" (quoth marc).

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Vegas Vic:

Courage,Republicans,Courage


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