I didn't watch the latest Republican Presidential debate (this time on FOX "News"), as--honestly--I forgot it was on. But I'm watching the Hannity & Colmes re-run of the wrap-up right now. Pollster (and twit) Frank Luntz has been showing graphs of audience reaction to the "contestants."
After reading this post on NewsHounds.us, I found out that a little more went on than H&C is letting on. Read on. . .
Hannity & Colmes Overlooks Republican Audience’s Anti-War, Pro-Gay Marriage Sentiment In Post-Debate Coverage
There were some surprising moments in the Republican presidential candidates’ debate last night (9/5/07). On at least two occasions, the Republican audience very vocally contradicted the GOP talking points: First, by booing Senator Sam Brownback’s proposal to ban gay marriage, then cheering Congressman Ron Paul as he asked why we should believe those who say there will be a bloodbath if we leave Iraq when they are the same ones who predicted the war would be a cakewalk. But neither of those moments made it into the post-debate analysis on Hannity & Colmes. With video. [snip]
But clearly, the liveliest, most interesting part of the debate came when Paul was asked about his position on leaving Iraq. “The people who say there will be a bloodbath are the ones who said it would be a cakewalk, it would be a slam dunk and that it would be paid for by oil. Why believe them? They’ve been wrong on everything they’ve said.” The audience erupted into cheers and applause. “So why not ask the people who advised not to go into the region and into the war? The war has not gone well one bit.” He went on to say that threatening Iran was a terrible idea, too. “We need a new foreign policy that said we ought to mind our own business, bring our troops home, defend this country, defend our borders.”
Read more at: Newshounds.us
UPDATE: Watched an hour or so in re-runs. Same old. Does anybody--even hard right-wingers that may have wandered in here--think any of these guys should be President. Really?