Boos and Views, A Republican Debate Recap


Did Republicans boo a gay soldier?  Did Michele Bachmann finally take herself out of the running?  And did anyone ever ask Gary Johnson a question?  It’s debate recap time!

The two biggest stories from last night’s debate were of course the crowd booing a gay soldier who asked a question about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the continuing feud between Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

The “booing audience” controversy has overtaken most of the debate coverage.  When an Iraq soldier asked if Republican candidates would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and outed himself as gay and in the military, boos were heard from the audience.  But did the audience really boo?  According to Dave Weigel at Slate, the “audience” didn’t boo, one member did, and the rest of the noise was others telling him to be quiet.  Maybe that’s true, but there sure was a lot of cheering when former Senator Rick Santorum said the policy should be reinstated anyway.

Meanwhile, the stars of the debate were once again Romney and Perry, with Romney coming off as the victor and Perry still looking awkward and unprepared.   Perry’s performance was called “uneven” by some, and “peevish and defensive” by others.  Is the Perry lovefest coming to an end?

Then there’s Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.  A near non-player in the debate, by the end people were even asking if she was still there.  Her only spotlight moment?  When she declared that there should be no taxes whatsoever, and people should get to keep “every dollar you earn.”

And former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, participating in his first debate, actually won praise for best line of the night when he said, “My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this president.”  Too bad he stole it from Rush Limbaugh.

Finally, miss the debate all together? Don’t worry, here’s a recap that you can watch in under two minutes, courtesy of Talking Points Memo.

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Don Isaksen
Don I.5 years ago

@Michael M,
What an idiotic post. Got nothing better to write, so you simple act like a child and call names.

OH, how terrible! Getting rid of pornography would be a supendous loss to you and others who can't read a good book or get a date, so you have to rely on simply looking at pictures of naked people so you can get your nut. What a moron.

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago

Romney appeared to be the only one with a brain but the pundits say that southern Republicans are too prejudiced to vote for him because of his religion.Apparently they'd RATHER WISH for CHRISTY who's a PROVEN LOUDMOUTH.I think Perry's dumb was VERY VISABLE and of course,Michele insisted we pay NO TAXES which is a problem since Republicans WANT to TAX every body but themselves. Herman Cain won the straw poll which of course means NOTHING since the Koch Brothers will make the decision and announce it when they feel like it!

Don Isaksen
Don I.5 years ago

Dream on Igoe M. Just be sure to have a hanky or kleenex handy after the next elections. You'll need them

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K.5 years ago

Best debate recap ever, from Saturday Night Live.

Nicholas Rudolph
Nicholas Rudolph5 years ago

Why is no one talking about the 1.5Billion dollar Medicaid cost in Texas for putting braces on illegal immigrants. Surely someone is getting paid off big time. We are laying off teachers and cutting fire equipment services for volunteer firemen that are fighting our wildfires, and we can afford to buy braces and elective cosmetic orthodontics for illegal kids, a lot of whom are under 10 years old. We are paying for root canals and braces on baby teeth. Who is getting rich off this, besides the crooked dental corporations running the scams? And the Rethuglicans want to get rid of more regulations, that is so they can rip us off even more.

dale a.
dale a.5 years ago

No matter how ridiculous,no matter how villainous, no matter how vile these candidates seem to a rational human being, there is no shortage of propagandized, greedy, bigots (of all shapes sizes and colors); out there in voter land. Let us not forget the heartland of America where they beat the nationalist drum to the tune of no more Roe V. Wade, no more lazy bums get a dollar from me, no more taxes for me or you or the corporation up the lane, we will run our country the old fashion way, with guns and the bible. We should be afraid very afraid, so afraid we get out and VOTE because the crazies will be.

Camila K.
Kamila A.5 years ago

they say anything, no back-ups, outright lies, get applause for murders and boos to military men in wars they wanted, are outright hypocrites, and keep getting away with it. America looks like we are a bunch of morons.

Camila K.
Kamila A.5 years ago

I kinda miss Palin.........................................not really.

Marie W.
Marie W.5 years ago

Welcome to American Idiots other wise known at the GOP debates in Primetime.

Michael M.
Michael M.5 years ago

The answer to all the worlds problems could easily be solved by eliminating republicans and especially tea partiers. I'm mean really people Michelle Bachmann says if elected to the presidency she will ban pornography. What a F33@@## joke ! And you don't need a Psychiatric degree to know she's nuts .