By: Amy Lutz
I'm on a drug, it's called Charlie Sheen. Ok, maybe not, but I'm definitely a self-avowed political junkie. Through the chaos of trying to keep track of 8 different candidates, dozens of twitter feeds, and questions after question during the Iowa GOP Debate, my head started to spin as I tried to process all the information. Therefore, I decided to organize my thoughts on the debate in the winning/not winning style of the ever-clear Charlie Sheen. And by "ever-clear" I mean "absoutely crazy."
- Tiger Blood everywhere. The direct attacks and heated rhetoric made this debate absolutely facinating. I swear Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty were going to throw punches at some point.
- No John King segment "This or That" from the previous debate. I don't think Herman Cain's pizza preferences are relevant to the future of this country. Unless his presidency means free Dominos for all. Then I might reverse my statement.
- Reference to the "Mitt-ness Protection Program." I could not help laughing out loud.
- Herman Cain's voice. If this whole presidency thing doesn't work out, you should consider doing voice-overs. Also, will you narrate my life?
- Romney's answer to the illegal immigration question. I agree, we should be pro-immigration, not anti-illegal immigration
- A theme of "Leadership." Every candidate made sure to point out Obama's lack of leadership during his term in office. I could not agree more.
- Newt Gingrich's opinion on the Super Committee. Not many people know the inner-workings of Congress like Newt Gingrich.
- Gingrich's opinion that English should be the official language.
- T-Paw's "once acre" comment to Mitt Romeny. I don't know if he convinced viewers that he believes Romeny to be out of touch, but I'm sure he created quite a few laughs.
- Romney's rhetoric. He's not my choice, and I'm sure he's just as guilty of repeating talking points as all the other candidates, but he sure knows how to make them sound natural.
- Rick Santorum's tough Pro-Israel stance.
- T-Paw's attempted comeback. I'm relieved that he finally decided to go up against his fellow candidates after refusing to critique Romeny on Romneycare in the last debate, but he went a bit overboard. I'm surprised he had a voice by the end of the debate.
- No Rick Perry. Enough said.
- Jon Huntsman's "Under Construction" website. If you're running for president, you need to be prepared at all times.
- Ron Paul. I could stop there, but I'll continue. He comes across extremely defensive in every debate and it's not attractive to voters, it's the opposite. Also, I'm sorry Ron, but your isolationism will not work with Iran. The country is a volitile theocracy led my a madmen and we cannot ignore it's dangerous presence on the world stage. You sir, are no Ronald Reagan.
- I think Newt Gingrich did a good job redeeming himself, but it's never a good sign when the audience boos you before you open our mouth.
- The Talking Points. Despite Bret Baier's warning against such pre-determined statements before the debate, the talking points were present in every candidate's answers. Every time Michele Bachmann says "Once Term President," her stock goes down significantly in my book.