Glenn's Debate Notes

Glenn thought Sarah Palin was brilliant last night, but also thought that Biden did what he had to do. There were no big gaffes or knockout punches, but there were some statements that were a stretch or even flat out false. Find out how Glenn saw the debate last night with his notes and running commentary.

  • I loved the “Can I call you Joe?” that came from an open mic from Palin.


     

  • The open of understanding the economy by talking to parents at a soccer game initially made me nervous she might go over-hokey, but that was actually a really good relatable answer.


     

  • The CNN scorecard thing is amazing to watch, it would be interesting to have a web feature to do your own while watching.


     

  • Palin pulls out “predator lenders” again. Meters flat. Then she says: Don’t live outside out means. “Personal responsibility.” Meters go through the roof. Why republicans don’t think this is a winning message is perplexing. Palin shows the guts to go there—does it with tact---and scores one of the best debate moments for either candidate.


     

  • Given several opportunities, Palin seems like she simply will not praise deregulation. I guess they’re thinking it’s a hard case to make at this moment, but it strikes me as another winning argument that they won’t exploit. Something like “I know a little something about being a small business owner—so I’m not going to stand here and say I want the government to be more involved in my life. The answer isn’t “regulation, regulation, regulation—more, more, more” like the democrats are always offering-- it’s smart targeted regulation—like what John McCain called for two years ago for Fannie and Freddie.”


     

  • First 15 minutes Sarah very, very, solid. (One of my friends said she looks a bit nervous at this point. I didn’t notice.)


     

  • Joe seems to like her---I think that’s positive. They both seem to like each other. This is a major part of what Biden had to do in this debate. Turn down the jerk-o-meter as much as possible. He’s reasonably successful.


     

  • Palin compliments ‘massive oversight.’ I am taking these sort of comments as “I’m John McCain’s VP, and I don’t want to look pro-Wall St. executives in the middle of this mess.” I have to admit though, if she sounded like this and she was running for the top of the ticket with no restrictions, I’d be a little nervous.


     

  • The meters hate when you avoid the question, but they get over it pretty fast.


     

  • Did Joe Biden just “promise” exactly where next attack will come from and be planned?? Really? And he says with a straight face that he knows where Bin Laden is? Isn’t it about time that nonsense gets challenged? We don’t “know” that. We suspect it. And a terrorist plan is almost as likely to come from a coffee house in Los Angeles as it can come from the mountains of Pakistan. That’s either a fundamental misunderstanding of the war on terror, or trying to look tough for stupid people.


     

  • About meeting with Iran without preconditions, Biden just lies. Obama was specifically asked about presidential level meetings with Ahmendenejad without preconditions. Palin is right to call him out. I kind of wanted her to add “This is a government that wants to wipe Israel off the planet. This is a government that executes gays for being gay. This is a government that wouldn’t let me leave my house without a male escort if I lived in his country. What do you expect to chat with them about?”


     

  • Biden loves to say “let me say that again”----very repetitive. I’m sure those liberals all over Palin for sticking to talking points too much will gladly point this out. His point about Exxon getting a $4 billion tax cut is embarrassing. As we’ve said before—his lone reasoning for this is that McCain wants to cut taxes for all businesses, and that Exxon is a business. You can just as easily say he wants to cut taxes curing childhood diseases. It’s literally looking over a list of all companies and picking out the one that you don’t like the most. I’d love for someone to call him out on that.


     

  • So far, so good for Palin. She’s been great so far, and she’s probably far enough in to this thing that people watching just to see if she’s going to be Tina Fey’s characture of her have already stopped watching due to utter disappointment. You can’t honestly make the point to me that she is an idiot. She obviously has a handle on these issues.


     

  • Speaking as a radio guy—we have a term called a “crutch”. Which is that thing in your speech pattern that you probably say too much. Think McCain “my friends” or Arnolds “and all of these other things”. Palin’s has to be “also.”


     

  • Interesting approach here by Palin. She is just standing there, toe to toe, running with Joe Biden at “his game” (not the gaffe prone, not telling the truth part of his game. The internal politics, well of the senate, debating policy sort of game.) After my initial worries about being overly hokey, I actually wouldn’t have minded seeing a tad more of “her game.” But that’s a nit-pick. We’re an hour in, and she’s been very impressive. SNL, Hollywood, and the media might win in painting her as unqualified—but in her two most watched appearances she’s been brilliant.


     

  • When describing a Biden administration, he says it would be a national tragedy of historic levels. Okay, yes I know what he was doing, but it was funny anyway.


     

  • Sarah didn’t seem to hear the question on her Achilles heel, and just answers in a sort of “what we would do while in office” sort of way. But Biden DID hear the question, and his answer is laughably horrible. I mean, it’s kind of a pointless question, but come on Joe. Your Achilles heel is “excessive passion”? That’s a “high school kid on a job interview” answer—not a “VP answer with a 2 minutes to prepare” answer.


     

  • Palin’s stop looking into the past, lets look to the future—argument is the best way to handle the popularity problems of Bush that I’ve seen all campaign. A lot of people will talk about her “Say it ain’t so Joe” line—but her point of ‘why do you always insist on looking backwards’ works really well—especially when delivered by her, standing next to him. Probably doesn’t work quite as well for McCain, but I haven’t heard a better option.


     

  • I find myself feeling a little bad for President Bush. He is really treated like poison, and I get the strategy. But, the democrats are insanely unfair to him, and republicans are afraid to compliment even the obviously good things he’s done. Imagine if I told you in 2001—NO MORE ATTACKS by 2008, and the president wouldn’t get a word of credit from either party for it. There’s no way you would believe me.


     

  • Joe Biden chokes up…it was a nice moment for him I thought. I didn’t hear her suggest “only women can understand being a single parent” though. Maybe I missed it.


     

  • For all the book talk about Gwen Ifill---she was fine tonight, I thought. And actually pretty good. I’ve heard some people complaining that Biden was always given the last word. That might be true—but I didn’t really notice it. She didn’t really go into the “come up with a list of 3rd basemen in the minor leagues in 1933” type of questions to try and make Palin squirm.


     

  • Biden did exactly what he had to do in this thing. Looked like a pro and confident in his answers, even when he was completely lying. If Palin was up against Tim Kaine or someone similar this could have been really bad for democrats. Instead it was fine for them. He did no real harm, although he will get hammered in some of the post debate fact checks.


     

  • But the big story is---this was great for Palin—and good for McCain. McCain shows he didn’t make a ridiculously reckless pick, even though his poll number drop has much more to do with the economy than it does Palin even at her worst moments. But for me—this was a huge night for the future. Unless she has a major gaffe later on, you can’t say that Palin was responsible for McCain losing, if he loses. And you likely can give her some credit if he wins. She did a great job setting herself up for a bright future—and perhaps a presidential run in 2012 or 16. Palin/Jindal ’12? Anyone??


     

  • Katie Couric’s CBS has a poll saying Biden won pretty handily, although it’s much less pronounced in the other polls I’ve seen. The CNN one has it at 51-36 or 51-39 depending on what graphic they were showing at the time. Remember—republicans ALWAYS lose post-debate polls. And they are up against a lot of momentum at the moment.


     

  • Obviously when you factor in ideas, I thought Palin won by a lot in my mind. But even just as pure performance, I thought it was a good debate—with Palin having the edge. I’m not sure if that has too much to do with the pre-debate expectations, or the fact that Biden said a lot of things that don’t jive with reality. But, either way—even a tie for Palin is a far more than she had to do.


     

  • Deeper in the polls, some great signs for Palin:

    • Did they do better or worse than you expected? Palin: 84-7 better than worse. She thrives when underestimated.

    • Who’s more of a “typical politician” ---Biden 70-21. –if this country is as annoyed with Washington as they seem—this certainly can’t hurt.

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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