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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Repub watch

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2007 at 7:56 PM

Fred Thompson is in, hoping to obscure the Republican debate tonight. I"m going to try to watch, looking for another episode in Huck's One-liner-to-the-presidency Tour. But feel free to live blog here.

THROUGH THE FIRST BREAK: I give it to Giuliani. Good answers on crime in New York and immigration, given that he has a liberal image to defend.

ONE-LINER WATCH: Huckabee on Fred Thompson, invoked another Tennessean, George "No Show" Jones. Nobody seemed to get it. On immigration, he joked that government should outsource immigration enforcement to Fed Ex or UPS since they can keep track of packages better than feds can track immigrans. Huh?

FACE TIME: Huckabee squabbled extensively with Ron Paul over the war, saying the U.S. must preserve its honor by staying the course in Iraq. We bought it by breaking it, Huckabee said. He seems to say we made a mistake in going there, but now we must compound the mistake by sticking around. The New Hampshire crowd seemed to like this. The rest of America?

FACT FUDGING: Huckabee repeats his claim that he "led" passage of the state amendment outlawing expenditure of public money on abortion. The amendment passed in 1988, four years before Huckabee first sought public office and five before he was elected to a public office. He may well have worked in that campaign. His profile at the time of passage was non-existent.

TAX FUDGING: Chris Wallace suggests Huckabee's numbers are wrong on a 23 percent "fair tax," that  a revenue-neutral tax would actually be more like 34 percent (and even the fair tax is actually a 30 percent tax, event its backers concede.) Huckabee trots out, yet again, his joke that more people fear an IRS audit than beging mugged. Could we see the survey that shows that, please? I don't believe it exists, not since audits have dropped to new lows and many of them target poor people getting the earned income tax credit.

STATURE GAP: It's Giuliani and McCain tonight, towering over pygmies -- and Ron Paul's distinctive anti-war message.

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