Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Debate: Mostly Unedifying So Far

Debate here. All the principals don't look too bad. Harper appears a smug and unlikable robot, but hasn't been rocked so far as far as I can tell (I missed a few minutes about 7:30 PM). Iggy looks fairly human, and actually has a nice speaking voice. Layton rocked Iggy a bit about his attendance in the HOC. Layton addressing Duceppe's questions re immigration and multi-cult looked like he was swallowing a shit pill. Duceppe has looked a bit off his game for the most part, is actually warming up on immigration and Que. etc.  80 minutes in, no sticks have been moved, for me at least.

Update: Duceppe was nice on abortion.  If Harper gets a majority, why not smuggle in an anti-abortion bill as a private Member's bill, thus honoring Haprer's commitments but still getting a bill through? (A la gun registry).

A couple of puke-worthy's:

-Harper lamenting that copies of the AG's G20 report were "floating around".
-Layton on Carbon Emissions after the NDP at the federal and provincial level have spen years knee-capping any meaningful environmental legislation.

Update: Towards the end Iggy sounded good on Long Gun Registry.  I look forward to reporters asking Harper if he thinks gun crime is a problem that doesn't exist outside of "Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal", as I believe he put it.

7 comments:

kirbycairo said...

To be "rocked" as you say, wouldn't Harper need to have genuine human feelings about something?

900ft Jesus said...

harper got pretty flustered when Duceppe brought up the letter he took to Clarkson. Gilles wouldn't drop it, wouldn't let Layton off the hook either. Harper looked like he had a turd in his mouth and was bouncing from foot to foot, doing the hand clasping thing. Got over it, though enough for a few more let me be clears and that's simply not trues.

Prairie Kid said...

When a Toronto Star reporter says that Ignatieff blew it, you know he had a bad debate.

sharonapple88 said...
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sharonapple88 said...

When a Toronto Star reporter says that Ignatieff blew it, you know he had a bad debate.

Or we're living in some freaky mirror universe because the Edmonton Journal had an article with the headline: Ignatieff draws praise while Harper criticized lackluster debate.

Interesting that on the live-chat, 38% thought Harper would do well, but in the end, 44% voted for Ignatieff having won the debate.

Alison said...

It's very difficult to debate a congenital liar. One expects politicians to occasionally stretch a point, but outright mendacity on facts that are easily verified is the mark of a sociopath. Let me be clear!

Gayle said...

"One expects politicians to occasionally stretch a point, but outright mendacity on facts that are easily verified is the mark of a sociopath."

One issue I had with the debate was that people were able to lie without being corrected. I would prefer it if a moderator could interject and correct them.