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What Is Your Republican Candidate Doing This Saturday Night?

One of the more humorous moments that came out of the recent New Hampshire debate in my opinion was George Stephanopoulos’ question at the end of the evening.  He asked each of the candidates where they would be on Saturday night if they weren’t busy debating each other.

There was some humanity in the answers.  There was more than a little bit of folly.  And of course there were some careful crafted political responses.

In case you hadn’t seen the clip, you can follow the link here.

Here was each person’s response.

Rick Perry – “I’d probably be at the shooting range.”

Yes!  I love this answer!  Spoken like a true Texan.  I might have jumped on the Perry bandwagon a few months ago had I heard candor like this (and assuming he didn’t make all those subsequent mistakes).

Newt Gingrich – “I’d probably be watching the college championship basketball game.”

Except there isn’t a “college championship basketball game” taking place until early April.  He obviously meant the college football national championship game (as others quickly pointed out for him).  But that game didn’t take place until Monday night.  The only football game taking place on Saturday was the BBVA Compass Bowl game between 7-5 Southern Methodist and 6-6 Pittsburgh.  And I doubt they’re playing for anything other than money.

Rick Santorum – “I’d be doing the same thing with my family.  We’d be huddled around and we’d be watching the championship game.”

A little twist on the Gingrich answer with some good old family values thrown in.  A good safe answer but nothing exciting here.

Mitt Romney – “Afraid it’s football.  I love it.”

Wow!  A lot of Compass Bowl fans in the room.  But that’s three answers of football in a row.  Where’s the originality?

Ron Paul – “I’d be home with my family but if they all went to bed I’d probably read an economic textbook.”

Strangely, I believe him.  I can totally see him sitting on the couch reading up on the Black-Scholes options pricing model or something.

Jon Huntsman – “I’d be on the phone with my two boys in the United States Navy because they’re a constant reminder of what is great about this nation and awesome about the emerging generation in this country.”

Barf!  F for creativity.  This is way too much a political answer.  I don’t doubt that he calls his sons on the weekend or is proud of them and all our servicemen but c’mon!  I wanted to hear stories about how he plays canasta with the folks down at the senior center or something like that, not another “let’s support our troops” message.

What say you?  Did you spend your Saturday night watching the debate or did you do something else altogether?  Feel free to comment below.

  1. January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I did not watch the debate — watched a hockey game.

    You know what I said earlier about Huntsman being the most honest — well, your response to his response is spot on! Blaaaahhhhhghghghghhhh.

  2. January 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Yeah, his response was a big disappointment after some remarkable candor by the other candidates.

  3. January 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for including that in today’s posts. I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I just couldn’t stomach watching them posture and pose in front of an audience who loved them so much!

  4. January 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Romney’s response was about as believable as, well, any of his other statements. But if we’re grading on a curve of “relating to the average person” coupled with believability, then Perry’s is the high grade in my book.

  5. January 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I didn’t watch the debate, I spent the evening seeing Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and watching the 1st episode of the 2nd season of Sherlock, also having dinner with a friend.

    Though we did use my twitter account on my phone to keep up with commentary on the debate. The commentary I get, from the people I choose to follow like Ann Coulter, Greg Gutfeld, SE Cupp, Michelle Malkin, Andy Levy, etc., is almost always better than watching the debate.

    Personally I couldn’t have dealt with listening to Stephanopoulos and Sawyer pass the “Contraception and gay marriage” questions back and forth all night.

  6. January 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Your thoughts are similar to mine. A throw-away question that reveals a lot about the candidates

  7. January 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Hahah, spot on commentary. Especially Hunstman. I think you’re right that both Rick Perry and Ron Paul were honest–I laughed at both of those answers, but neither one would surprise me. I can see it on TMZ: “Ron Paul reads Hayek before bed…”

  8. January 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    LOL! Very good post.

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I strongly suspect I have not visited yours earlier and I apologize for that. You have some interesting stuff here. . . it will be interesting to see where the politics is all heading to. So far, nothing looks too promising.


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