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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Last Night's Debate and Other Bad News for George Allen

"The bell has rung, George." - Jim Webb

WaPo coverage of the debate.

As I have pointed out before, Allen is clearly a lightweight on foreign policy. He demonstrated that again last night.

Allen's rambling questions that ran overtime made him look foolish. The candidates knew the format beforehand, yet the Allen campaign still couldn't resist long-winded preambles that ran over time before the question was asked. It seemed blatantly political and ill-prepared. They reminded me of the debate questions from Birch Barlow in the Mayor Quimby v. Sideshow Bob debate:
Barlow: Mayor Quimby, you're well-known, sir, for your lenient stance on crime. But suppose for a second that your house was ransacked by thugs, your family tied up in the basement with socks in their mouths, you try to open the door but there's too much blood on the knob --
Quimby: What is your question?
Barlow: My question is about the budget, sir.
Not Buck has his analysis up. I think this is significant as he is an objectivist before anything else. He thinks Webb did well and Allen not so much.

Now is the time for independents to break for Webb. Now is the time when the Allen Smearboaters will start in earnest. Also, look to have the crap scared out of you by them for the next 4 weeks.

In other bad news for Allen:

Bloomberg checked into it and apparently Allen's claim that his stock options were "worthless" doesn't hold water. (What a surprise.) Their actual value was $1.1 million at one point. I'm sure that doesn't seem like much money to Allen's ultra-rich supporters, but to most people that is a steaming pile of conflict of interest. I'm glad to see more independent reporting on this issue as it is less salacious but more relevant to being a US Senator than whether Allen ever used the N-word.

The Republican National Committee is sinking big $$$ into 3 close Senate races...and none of them are Virginia. George Allen is going to have to sink or swim on his own.

Finally, the last nail may not be in the coffin of Allen's Presidential ambitions (that will come on November 7th) but it isn't looking good for the "Senator". Apparently, he has lost significant ground in the early primary state of South Carolina to Mitt Romney in the far-right's bid to stop the coronation of John McCain as the Republican nominee for President in 2008.

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Comments on "Last Night's Debate and Other Bad News for George Allen"


Blogger Va Breeze said ... (4:47 PM) : 

Nothing quite like trying to change the rules to stop reporting of options and then tie it into we need to do this "for the troops".


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