.. decided to watch and blog (a little) of the CA debate.
9:20 PM So far, the questions have been clearly slanted in favor of Boxer. Not surprised the first video question was aimed at Fiorina. Not sure what a "Tax Holiday" is good for.. and saying we need to follow the Chinese?
9:21 PM. Nice jab by Fiorina on Washington not aware of private business. And a second shot directly at Fiorina and her HP career. And then to compare Teachers with CEO's? When did a teacher run a $80+ Million dollar company, compared to a CEO.
9:23 PM SF Gate going after Boxer for her "ma'am/senator" issue. And once again, Boxer showing her complete incompetence in the 'respect' (Does anyone believe she called the general? Nope.. me either). So where are the tough questions for Boxer so far?
9:26 PM So far, Fiorina's on the complete defense with the HP severance issue other than the stockholder comment. But thumbs up to Fionna for the "extra govt. agency".
9:27 PM. A THOUSAND rights denied to civil unions members? Right.. I'd be interested in seeing those denied rights.
9:28 PM Prop 8 comes up. Again, WHAT rights do married couples have that Same-sex couples don't have? And Boxer going back after the HP story... is that all Boxer has right now?
9:30 PM Feinstein can work with the other side of the aisle? Say what? Which universe do Californians live in? So where does Boxer disagree wtih Obama? Exit strategy for Afghanistan... what? Obama doesn't want one? Consumer protection agency? Isn't that what the Better Business Bureau is for? That's the best she can come up with to try to separate herself from Obama?
9:31 PM Ooh.. big slam by Fiorina on the bill being moved from Boxer to Kerry because "Kerry could get more bipartisanship".. ouch! And a quick shot at Cap&Trade
9:32 PM ESRC... Fiorina with a useful pro-life story. Avoiding the ESRC answer (IMO), while taking a shot at Boxer.. Nice jab "No rights for baby until they leave the hospital". The debate handler definitely pro-Boxer, trying to change the entire question from ESRC to Roe V. Wade. That wasn't her question.
9:35 PM Boxer claims Doctors and women would go to jail if Roe Vs. Wade is overturned? Say what? And Boxer trying to turn the "4 bill" comment to her favor and getting nowhere on it
9:36 PM The "Blame Bush" question... "Obama inherited bad economy"... LOL. Boxer claiming they're taking responsibility. Too funny to even answer that response. Complaining about a $1.3 T deficit... when our current deficit is.. what? 5T now and growing? If Fiorina doesn't knock this one out of the park, she's gonna lose this debate without a shadow of a doubt. This is the one where she should own the debate... nice hit on the 400K jobs promise, with the 2.3M unemployment increase.
But that was her only good response in that one. Fiorina is fighting an uphill battle here for me.
9:40 PM Global warming and Prop 23? Not sure what prop 23 is... I'll have to go look that one up. Ugh... don't like Fiorina's answer about a national energy bill... Give more money to the universities? Double Ugh... I like the fact she's not going to write off nuclear power. And again, the liberal bias showing from the moderator.
9:43 PM - Clean Air bill re-enactment means we're not going to have US jobs? And another shot at her HP position. Boxer's not going to let that up tonight is she? I think that's her only bullet.
9:45 PM - Miissed the farming question... So wait a minute.. the Estate Tax is only good for "big businesses"? Class warfare at it's finest. Heehe.. nice job on nailing Boxer on her votes against "Death Taxes". Fiorina nailing Boxer on the central California valley farming... This is one area i didn't think Fiorina was going to score well here, but she's ripping Boxer on this one
9:47 PM - "No Fly List" question.. LOL.. I didn't know about Edward Kennedy being on the No Fly List. How did I not see that one anywhere on the blogosphere? She's right about "not giving up constitutional rights". Boxer getting way off the message here.. she's implying we don't have the right to have guns. No Fly List vs. Terror Watch LIst.. Nice shot by Fiorina
9:51 PM - Hmm.. assault weapons ban in place since the 1980's. Time to go find the crime stats for California since 1980.
Closing statements: Carly Fiorina with a great "personal" story. Boxer is "stuck" on the jobs to China/India idea. (How long ago was she the HP CEO?). And Boxer trying to tie Fiorina to big oil. That's not a good idea when California needs jobs (and offshore drilling).
The moderator was a complete disaster , the journalists were so pro-Boxer. and all thechosen video questions attacked Fiorina. Of course, I dont' think I expected anything different in the fact that it was "Democrat controlled territory". (was surprised how short it was of a debate). Carly could have done better (IMO) on the jobs and the ESRC/Abortion issue, but she had solid hits on the farming (especially that area) and the gun bantopics
Boxer was a broken record, who I don't think knew where she was supposed to try to hit.. and missed a bunch. Unfortunately, Fiorina just wasn't given the chance to hit that home-run ball that I think she has in her.