Â - I don’t really understand why the four “top tier” candidates didn’t show up. They are top tier based on their willingness to pander. This was an excellent chance for them to demonstrate their pandering skills.
- Ron Paul definitely had the biggest cheering section. He is also clearly the most at home when talking about the War. His answer on immigration was plus/minus. He was tough on amnesty and the welfare state that attracts the illegals, but he said we might need more legal immigrants in the future if the economy is booming. I didn’t detect any pandering to the audience. He mentioned something about “individuals” instead of races, but that is his consistent stand. It is probably all his underlying libertarian philosophy will allow and is entirely consistent with it. It is really the same as Tancredo’s “colorblindness” mentioned below.
- I think Tancredo did much better than usual. He really surprised me. I didn’t detect any pandering. (Am I forgetting something?) He took the most conservative position allowed in modern America on racial matters , colorblindness, on a couple of occasions. He even objected to “race baiting?” He correctly blamed the welfare state for some of the problems of blacks. Tancredo was good on the amnesty question, of course? “Enforce the law.”
- I will regret saying this, but Alan Keyes really is smooth. He thinks well on his feet. He is correct to keep hammering on the family, although there is very little the federal government can do to “support” the family. There is much the federal government could stop doing to quit undermining the family. Keyes was good on immigration. He correctly identified the desire of big business for “cheap labor” and even said the elites are “under the thumb of” business.Â He correctly pointed out how immigration is disproportionately impacting blacks economically. He also surprised me when he said Bush focused too much on democracy for Iraq and not enough on security for the US. Although I suspect before things went south Keyes was singing the spreading democracy tune with the rest of his neocon buddies. His basic neocon underpinnings really did show through however. He invoked “universal justice” in defending the death penalty, and he emphatically stated we have a moral duty in Darfur. Ron Paul’s ideas with Keyes’ speaking ability would be the uber-candidate.
- More on the other candidates later. I need to go to bed.