Tuesday, June 14, 2011
GOP's seven dwarfs debate on CNN; not too encouraging for Log Cabin
So, Monday evening June 13, CNN aired the two hour debate among “the seven dwarfs”: Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Timo Pawlenty, and Herman Cain. The set (at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH) was all garish red and blue. John King moderated. CNN says that the polls say that Mitt Romney "won" the debate. Romney, at least, has promised to keep his religious views away from his policies in office.
The analysis of the debates carried on into AC360.
Most of the candidates promised to end Obamacare, and seemed unconcerned about abuses or misincentives for denials among health insurance companies.
Most of them wanted a constitutional amendment limiting the federal definition of marriage, especially since DOMA may fall. But Ron Paul said that the definition of marriage should be left up to churches or to private contracts, and the government should be out of it altogether. That’s the raw libertarian position. Back in 2004, Santorum had pushed such a constitutional amendment that went nowhere. Bachmann said that she supported such an amendment (there is such a state initiative in Minnesota) but would not interfere with what states wanted to do.
Most of them questioned Obama’s conditional repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”, and thought that service cheifs’ arms had been twisted. But Paul said that military service should evaluate individual conduct only, not membership in a group or “propensity”. And, curiously, Santorum, supposedly the most anti-gay candidate up there, agreed.
There were questions about loyalty oaths and federal appointees, and whether the candidates would be comfortable appointing Muslims. Gingrich and Pawlenty talked about the idea of understanding that we do have enemies who will "lie" to get into the country and do what they want.
Other interesting things happened on daytime TV Monday. Nate Berkus invited Carson Kressley, who is starting his “Carson Nation” van tour of redesign projects in random cities. Nate made an interesting comment (in front of Carson) about the tendency of many people (in the gay male community?) to judge others by external looks and that this "was no way to live." That calls to mind a sermon one time by Minneapolis AGCMCC pastor Paul Tucker about "measuring people". (Tuesday, Nate started his show in black and white, deliberately, in order to show how to use "gray" in design.) And Ellen hosted Glee star Chord Overstreet, perhaps the only media star with a first name based on an element of music. Ellen may not have heard Nate's advice, as she surely likes to bring "pretty" men onto her show and have them lose their shirts, almost as if the Town DC's drag queens were in charge.