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(Huffington Post)   People aren't watching the Republican debates to learn about the issues - "It's like you're tuning in to a car race, you really want to see if there's a wreck"   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 66
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2012-01-31 09:33:00 AM
I only watch racing for the insightful political discourse
 
2012-01-31 10:11:24 AM
I'm actually waiting for the part where it's not a wreck.
 
2012-01-31 10:12:48 AM
Interestingly, the only real difference between the fans of car racin' and GOP debates is the amount of money in their bank account.
 
2012-01-31 10:15:33 AM
"They're all stupid,"

Correct.

"It's like you're tuning in to a car race, you really want to see if there's a wreck."

Incorrect. I'm not tuning in at all...because they're stupid.
 
2012-01-31 10:16:15 AM
I'm watching to see Gingrich go haywire.
 
2012-01-31 10:16:47 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: I only watch racing for the insightful political discourse


The ponies have better ideas than the Republicans.
 
2012-01-31 10:16:50 AM
yeah, i've been watching the debates, and after each one i always say, "ugh, i'm never going to watch something like that again," but then i keep doing it. i guess that's what addiction is.
 
2012-01-31 10:17:09 AM
They need teleprompters.
 
2012-01-31 10:17:15 AM

IrateShadow: I'm actually waiting for the part where it's not a wreck.


Any success with that?
 
2012-01-31 10:17:16 AM
I was hoping a liberal would be flayed
 
2012-01-31 10:17:35 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: I only watch racing for the insightful political discourse


Same reason I watch the Bad Girls Club.
 
2012-01-31 10:17:59 AM

swahnhennessy: I'm watching to see Gingrich go haywire.


i've personally been wanting willard to start wailing on newt. guess that's not going to happen unless things get a lot uglier before super tuesday.
 
2012-01-31 10:18:20 AM
So far 4 have gone into the wall hard and 2 (Bachmann & Perry) of them returned to their own states in disgrace. Huntsman seems to have gotten a pass from Utah. Nobody cared about Herman anyhow.
 
2012-01-31 10:19:32 AM

Le Bomb Suprize: Interestingly, the only real difference between the fans of car racin' and GOP debates is the amount of money in their bank account.


NASCAR drivers have fewer sponsors.
 
2012-01-31 10:20:16 AM
I will give $1 to anyone who starts chanting "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!" during one of these debates.
 
2012-01-31 10:20:54 AM
I read the Fark threads for reactions to the debates, and after a while, even the secondhand Derp is too much to take.
 
2012-01-31 10:21:28 AM
swahnhennessy


I'm watching to see Gingrich go haywire again.

FIFY
 
2012-01-31 10:21:38 AM
The rating is still good, but really hasn't been the same since Bachmann and Cain go to the bedroom and never returned. It used to be a light-hearted family comedy, then they go full Urkel after Huntsman left. I missed Season 1.
 
2012-01-31 10:21:59 AM

bulldg4life: Any success with that?


Not really. F*cking entropy and all.
 
2012-01-31 10:23:50 AM
The endless debates are not high culture, but they do mitigate disparities in funding, which makes them useful. The quality of the discourse can be laid at the feet of the moderators and the format of the debates. We could make these much more valuable if we just let them sit at a table and talk.

One debate per primary/caucus day- this has value.
 
2012-01-31 10:24:28 AM

Le Bomb Suprize: Interestingly, the only real difference between the fans of car racin' and GOP debates is the amount of money in their bank account.


I'm pretty sure there's some overlap.
 
2012-01-31 10:25:04 AM
Well to watch them for discussion on the issues there would have to BE discussion on the issues.
 
2012-01-31 10:25:46 AM
It is funny watching Gingrich flip out on the moderator.
 
2012-01-31 10:29:05 AM
What else am I gonna fap to?
 
2012-01-31 10:33:35 AM
Yes, I know politics isn't all about intellectual discussion of issues, that there's a large public persona factor and that popularity can have nothing to do with objective facts.

But the debates have been way too much like a rap battle (where the competitors have no rhythm)

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2012-01-31 10:35:35 AM

IrateShadow: I'm actually waiting for the part where it's not a wreck.


Done in 2
 
2012-01-31 10:36:53 AM
If I had to pick between watching cars turn left or Romney talk about the is issues for 2 hours I think jumping off the nearest high building might be preferable.
 
2012-01-31 10:37:47 AM

Eddie Barzoom: The endless debates are not high culture, but they do mitigate disparities in funding, which makes them useful. The quality of the discourse can be laid at the feet of the moderators and the format of the debates. We could make these much more valuable if we just let them sit at a table and talk.

One debate per primary/caucus day- this has value.


Newt is going to be hurt by the "small" number of debates in February. He needs all the free publicity he can get if he wants to keep up with Romney's ads.
 
2012-01-31 10:38:20 AM
The only things missing from the GOP debates are thrown chairs, security guards pretending to keep the disgruntled candidates from coming to blows and Maury Povich on stage saying: "YOU ARE THE FATHER!"
 
2012-01-31 10:39:13 AM
Tuning in to see Newt Gingrich own the universe, yeah.
 
2012-01-31 10:40:04 AM

Rann Xerox: The only things missing from the GOP debates are thrown chairs, security guards pretending to keep the disgruntled candidates from coming to blows and Maury Povich on stage saying: "YOU ARE THE FATHER!"


And at the current rate of deterioration, in 4 years they will be throwing feces at each other, literally.
 
2012-01-31 10:41:04 AM

Alphax: Rann Xerox: The only things missing from the GOP debates are thrown chairs, security guards pretending to keep the disgruntled candidates from coming to blows and Maury Povich on stage saying: "YOU ARE THE FATHER!"

And at the current rate of deterioration, in 4 years they will be throwing feces at each other, literally.


it would be more informative than the current debates. we'd know something about their diets.
 
2012-01-31 10:41:33 AM

Eddie Barzoom: The endless debates are not high culture, but they do mitigate disparities in funding, which makes them useful. The quality of the discourse can be laid at the feet of the moderators and the format of the debates. We could make these much more valuable if we just let them sit at a table and talk.

One debate per primary/caucus day- this has value.


Very true.

The problem with the moderators is that they won't ask hard questions because if they piss off the candidates, the candidates won't let them moderate future debates.

What's really scary about the debates this year, is how few Republicans are willing to acknowledge how crazy, pandering and factually incorrect things are being said at the debates. There's zero serious discussion of public policy, just demagoguery.
 
2012-01-31 10:43:54 AM

thornhill: What's really scary about the debates this year, is how few Republicans are willing to acknowledge how crazy, pandering and factually incorrect things are being said at the debates. There's zero serious discussion of public policy, just demagoguery.


'At some debates, people disagree about opinions. At some debates, people disagree about facts. But at the Republican debates, you have a room full of people in perfect agreement about things that are not true.' -Rachel Maddow (paraphrasing from memory)
 
2012-01-31 10:44:19 AM

Le Bomb Suprize: Interestingly, the only real difference between the fans of car racin' and GOP debates is the amount of money in their bank account.


I live in the heart of racing country and race fans are hardcore republicans that think another 4 years of Obama will be the end of the country.
 
2012-01-31 10:45:30 AM

CapnBlues: Alphax: Rann Xerox: The only things missing from the GOP debates are thrown chairs, security guards pretending to keep the disgruntled candidates from coming to blows and Maury Povich on stage saying: "YOU ARE THE FATHER!"

And at the current rate of deterioration, in 4 years they will be throwing feces at each other, literally.

it would be more informative than the current debates. we'd know something about their diets.


Then they'd argue about who's feces most closely resembled Reagan's feces.
 
2012-01-31 10:46:56 AM
I like when Bret Baier does it. You can still see him wiping the semen off of his chin whn they come back from commercial.
 
2012-01-31 10:49:00 AM
I'll admit it was tough in the beginning. I usually cringed whenever Bachmann spoke and turned it off. I've definitely grown to appreciate the lulz, though.

/the scary, scary lulz
 
2012-01-31 10:51:19 AM
Is this like the moron who, when asked why he was beating his head against the wall, responded "because it feels so good when I stop?" No thanks, I don't punish myself.
 
2012-01-31 10:53:14 AM

sammyk: Le Bomb Suprize: Interestingly, the only real difference between the fans of car racin' and GOP debates is the amount of money in their bank account.

I live in the heart of racing country and race fans are hardcore republicans that think another 4 years of Obama will be the end of the country.


And yet they're eager to watch someone go fast and turn left. Over and over again.
 
2012-01-31 10:54:51 AM
I watch because it causes my eyelids to involuntarily twitch.
 
2012-01-31 10:58:15 AM
I'm waiting for one of them to finally bust out the n-word.
 
2012-01-31 10:58:27 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: CapnBlues: Alphax: Rann Xerox: The only things missing from the GOP debates are thrown chairs, security guards pretending to keep the disgruntled candidates from coming to blows and Maury Povich on stage saying: "YOU ARE THE FATHER!"

And at the current rate of deterioration, in 4 years they will be throwing feces at each other, literally.

it would be more informative than the current debates. we'd know something about their diets.

Then they'd argue about who's feces most closely resembled Reagan's feces.


[GINGRICH WIPES HIS ASS AND HOLDS THE TISSUE TOWARDS THE CAMERA]

"See the jelly beans in my shiat? That means that I am a true conservative."
 
2012-01-31 10:59:38 AM
Gross.
 
2012-01-31 10:59:47 AM

Cletus C.: They need teleprompters.


derp?
 
2012-01-31 10:59:55 AM

jackthezomber: Tuning in to see Newt Gingrich own colonize the universe, yeah.


FIFY
 
2012-01-31 11:01:24 AM

Alphax: I read the Fark threads for reactions to the debates, and after a while, even the secondhand Derp is too much to take.


They say second hand derp is almost as dangerous as being a derper yourself.

The good news is that if you quit derping by age 30 your brain may recover to pre-derp health levels.

For more information check out QuitDerping.org
 
2012-01-31 11:06:01 AM
Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan Reagan!
 
2012-01-31 11:10:19 AM
I watch just for the parts when the audience boos gay members of the military.

/descent, the highest form of patriotic
 
2012-01-31 11:13:47 AM

Lord_Baull: I watch just for the parts when the audience boos gay members of the military.

/descent, the highest form of patriotic


you know, those guys could avoid being booed if they just kept it secret. i'm bisexual, and if i were in the military, i'd never tell anyone that i think some doods are hot. what was the problem with DADT again?
 
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