Watching Perry and Romney bicker over who said what in their books was not exactly the inspiring talk conservatives want to hear. It's petty but worse yet - it reveals that each have far too much in common with Barack Obama, leaving many conservatives feeling like it's prom and they don't have a date. How did Glenn react to the testy exchange?
"I watched the debate and I think to myself, Who is the next President of the United States? And I think there's a little something in me that says the same thing that may be the little thing that speaks inside of you, too, Barack Obama, because I so far don't see anyone that I can say with great confidence, Yep, here he is," Glenn said,
"Lord, help us, please," he added.
Why was Glenn so worried? Because last night more politicians than ever seemed to have more in common with Barack Obama than anyone else.
"The fact is it was a bad debate last night. It's a bad debate," Pat said.
How is Romney seeming like Obama? In his book, he tried to draw distinctions between Obamacare and Romneycare. Stu explains, "He's always been trying to draw a distinction between Obamacare and Romneycare. His initial distinction in the hard cover book was that there was a public option involved in Obamacare. In other words, people are trying to say they're the same plan. However, there were some big differences, quote, in particular, our plan did not include a public insurance option and he goes on to describe that. That's all removed. Now, in the real policy of Obamacare, that was removed, as well. So, I think his defense there would be, well, we didn't put the public option part in there because it wasn't -- it didn't wind up in the end bill."
Stu added that in the hardcover version of his book, Romney said that "we can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country and it could be done without letting government take over healthcare," implying that Romneycare was NOT a government takeover of healthcare since it was a state issue. However, that line has been omitted from the softcover version of Romney's book.
On the other hand, Rick Perry revealed an almost progressive stand on immigration and the border:
"There's nobody on this stage who has spent more time working on border security than I have. For a decade I've been the governor of a state with a 1200-mile border with Mexico. We put $400 million of our taxpayer money into securing that border. We've got our Texas Ranger recon teams there now. I supported Arizona's immigration law by joining in that lawsuit to defend it. Every day I have Texans on that border that are doing their job, but if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state from no other reason than they've been brought there, by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart," Perry said.
Combined with Perry's comments on immigration, both frontrunners seem to be appearing more like Barack Obama-lite than strong conservative options.
"We're in a 14-month period here that if Barack Obama wins and listen to this carefully, because anybody who -- anybody who tells you differently does not understand the fight that we are up against now. If Barack Obama wins or another Democrat wins that is in the, you know, progressive vein, the country is over. If we have a progressive on the right win, I will tell you that the country will be over. May not be in that term, but things are going to be so bad in that term that if it's just -- if it's not a stark reserves all engines, we have no chance of survival because they will use that four-year period to obstruct and to destroy and to blame on the Republicans and then you've lost the country the next time because the next time the guy will be running on a socialist platform," Glenn warned