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ABC/Yahoo! Gop Debate (12/10/11)

This is a rundown of links, video and a little of the Lady’s take of the ABC/Yahoo GOP debate held on December 11, 2011.

Full Video is Here.

Preface: I blew off watching it live. I’ve got debate fatigue of epic proportions at this point. I watched a good deal of it this morning on YouTube (link above to vide0).

My Impressions: Sawyer and Stephanopolous were as graceful and unbiased as two drunks fighting over who is more sober to drive home. it was, of course, the pile on Gingrich debate. he withstood it and did so firmly. I was impressed. Bachmann tried more scorched earth style attacks which failed really. Mercifully, no Huntsman tonight.  Winner: Gingrich.  The rest of the field fall into this order for me: Romney, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann, Paul.

The Highlights:

Gingrich resoundingly defended his Palestine/Invented People comment. Gingrich also held his own and played defense against the barrage of attacks throughout the debate. I like his no apology style. His slap down of Romney was excellent (20:34 mark in the full video). I heard the bitch slap from here. Ouch!

Romney made a bad 10k bet. He’s going to have to pay up depending on which version of it he uses to dispute Perry’s challenges.

Santorum had a nice moment with his summary of the payroll tax problem.

Perry was there. More quibbling with Romney over what was or wasn’t in his book — enter the 10k bet. my money is on Romney having to fork over 10k. Perry did turn the Israel argument back on Obama, where it should be.

Bachmann attempted to keep up, but taking on Gingrich/Romney together on ObamaCare, illegal immigration, cap and trade emissions regulation, the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, and President Obama’s payroll tax cut was a mistake. huge one. she got owned by Gingrich and slapped around by Romney.

Paul was Paul. More rambling with a nugget here and there to cling to. he was put in his place by Gingrich over the video his campaign put out on Gingrich being a serial hypocrit (24:18 mark in the full video)

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ABC/Yahoo! Gop Debate (12/10/11)

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    Chambersburg mayor’s quip miffs Punxsutawney

    CHAMBERSBURG — The commentary that launched Chambersburg’s IceFest last week has folks in Punxsutawney thinking an apology is in order.

    Chambersburg Mayor Pete Lagiovane cast an unfavorable light over the city internationally famous for Groundhog Day during Thursday’s opening ceremonies for IceFest.

    On Monday, after Punxsutawney’s Groundhog Club called Public Opinion about the slur and suggested the mayor apologize, Lagiovane said he stood by his “mangy rodent” comment.

    This is what Lagiovane said Thursday: “I’m just proud of the fact that we in Chambersburg, unlike our sister city up north, have put together a winter festival that features ice sculptures, food, dancing and fireworks — rather than a festival whose highlight is the pulling of a mangy rodent out of the ground.”

    The comment appears to have ruffled some fur in Punxsutawney, located in Jefferson County.

    Mike Johnson, vice president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, told Public Opinion he felt Lagiovane owes Chambersburg’s “sister city” an apology for his comment about Punxsutawney’s Groundhog Day festival.

    Johnson said his town’s festival is much more than just Phil’s few minutes in the limelight. Groundhog Day has been conducted since 1886, while IceFest has nine years to its credit.

    Events in Punxsutawney this week include ice sculptures carved by Indiana University of Pennsylvania culinary arts students, as well as food, dancing and an early-morning fireworks display.

    “If you have never experienced fireworks in the morning, you have never experienced fireworks,” he said of the 6:30 a.m. display.

    Johnson concedes the big draw is the iconic Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog he calls the “seer of seers, prognosticator of all prognosticators and the original weather prophet.”

    At sunrise Wednesday, Phil will emerge from his heated burrow. his handlers will then announce whether or not Phil saw his shadow. if Phil sees his shadow, legend has it we can expect six more weeks of winter weather.

    No shadow indicates an early spring, something Johnston suspects many Franklin County residents are hoping for, especially given the major two-day winter storm predicted for this week.

    As for “mangy,” Johnston also challenges the mayor’s assessment of Phil’s winter coat. The Punxsutawney groundhog sees a veterinarian three times a year and his coat is kept perfectly groomed.


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