About Patrick

Sometime political guy.

  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    Is that why they all sounded so crazy?

  • Too bad only a few candidates had to answer it.  Hillary lucked out on that one.  I was very surprised by Obama’s dodge.

  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    I’m laughing uncontrollably at this question.  Did this get asked to the candidates?  Its on YouTube, but I don’t know if they asked it.

  • geo999

    The format was a joke, literally.
    Most of the youtube questions were staged to be clever or cute rather than serious or insightful.

    The moronic guy with the assault rifle was an insult to intelligence, the “say something negative about the candidate to your left” was a waste of bandwidth, and on it droned…

    Anderson Cooper, at one point, made an untoward crack about a candidate’s wife.

    I cringe to think what assclowns youtube will trot out for the Republican Debate & Comedy Hour.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    YouTube.  The only real winner was YouTube as they will no doubt reap millions upon millions of hits having hosted the debate.  Darn those innovative free market capitalists….

    Admittedly, I didn’t watch the whole thing, but heard that there was more conversation about Dennis Kucinich’s wife than there was about illegal immigration.  Surprise…

    You know what I would love to see?  I would love to see the Presidential candidates be given a real job interview for the whole world to see.  The job they are applying for is one of the most important jobs in the world, yet we allow them, Republicans Democrats and 3rd party too, to offer up sound bites, canned responses and/or avoid the question altogether.  Why doesn’t someone ask the final candidates from each party to undergo a real interview where he/she would be asked to solve a “hypothetical” problem.  Give each candidate, and a 3-4 person support team, 20 minutes to discuss a typical problem that one could expect while serving as Commander-in-Chief.  We could see how the candidate works in a group; observe their problem solving skills, observe their management style, find out how they work with others, how they motivate, how they approach problems, how they digest information, find out if they have preconcieved ideas going in, etc.  Wouldn’t it be refreshing to actually see them have to get up and present a spontaneous resolution instead of giving some canned response written by a political hack a thousand miles away two days before the debate?  I ask you – How many times did Hillary “no longer Rodham” Clinton say “I worked on some very important things that made a big difference?  Let’s see her put it in action.

    Babson College requires all students to go through such a program in which they are given a problem to resolve and then each student is asked to work with their group to offer up a resolution.  I have worked on many of these and wonder why shouldn’t the people that want to lead this great nation be asked to meet the same requirements that many college students do?

    Your thoughts?

  • Asa Bearse

    on the head when he said that “none of the leading democrat candidates have even so much as managed a corner store let alone a city or a state.” It is incredible to think that the most important “management” position on the planet earth could be filled with a person with absolutely ZERO experience at managing anything let alone the world’s largest economy…unbelievable. I think this is one of the reasons that ex Governors always fair better in winning Presidential elections than career politician Senators who don’t know how to run anything.
    Hopefully, after all this preliminary foolishness is over and the real debates begin, Mitt will hammer this point home mercilessly

  • wavemaker

    corporate management experience to be more valuable than any other executive position  when it comes to the Presidency. In fact, it may be more harmful. The style of delegation, responsibility, organization and accountability may in many respect be a disadvantage to the candidate. There are very few corporate executives I know who aren’t almost completely tone-deaf when it comes to retail politics and what it takes to work with a bicameral legislative body. I’d count Romney among them.