The night of November 9, 2011 may be well remembered at Oakland University in Michigan, where CNBC hosted another 2012 presidential debate among the main Republican candidates. First, CNBC will go down as being widely hated by the online community for not providing live streaming video access. Apparently, a decision was made just 30 minutes or so before the start of the the debate to break the current custom of offering live video on the Internet. This was an outrage and the GOP should seriously consider banning CNBC from hosting any future debates. Beyond that, the two most talked about moments will obviously be when the audience booed the moderators for raising the Herman Cain sexual harassment question and another Rick Perry debate gaffe where he could not name all three federal departments he intends to shut down.
Let us deal with this last item first. As you regular readers of mine know, I am the official Rick Perry apologist here at RightPundits.com. Even I was taken aback when Texas Governor Rick Perry had a brain fart during the debate. My initial reaction was, its over Rick, time to go home to Austin and hang it up. But after a night′s sleep, I′m back on board. Its not like we have not seen Barack Obama, allegedly the most brilliant orator since Cicero, make verbal gaffes during speeches. Plus, when the rubber meets the road, and the choices are a reasonable Conservative who suffers the occasional brain fart, Mitt Romney, who is the political equivalent of Silly Puddy ®, and Barack Obama, a Socialist who wants to destroy America, I′ll take Rick Perry any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Now for the other big moment, when CNBC honey-pot, Maria Bartiromo perked up her collagen-filled duck lips to question Herman Cain about the sexual harassment allegations. The audience nearly booed her right off the stage. Cain defended himself, as well as in the third-person, and was rewarded by a cheering crowd. Another dummy moderator then tried to lure Mitt Romney into the controversy, probably thinking Romney would diss Cain as he had done so the other day when Romney referred to the latest allegations as ″disturbing.″ Meaning, of course, that Romney finds Cain disturbing. But Mitt is way too plastic and quickly retreated knowing how the audience felt. Cain later drew loads of applause when he referred to Nancy Pelosi as ″Princess Nancy″, which may not have been the wisest thing to do given the allegations about how he interacts with women.
The big winner of the night was, once again, Newt Gingrich. Newt played the serious adult role to the hilt. He even put Mizz Bartiromo in her place when she wanted 30-second answers from each candidate on what they would do about health care. Gingrich scolded her for being another shallow journalist asking another stupid question in the absolutely wrong format. She conceded and Newt then rattled off his decades of experience on how to fix health care in America.
All in all, the CNBC presidential debate had the potential of being one of the best, but as usual, the network in their infinite stupidity did all they could to self-destruct. It was obvious that they were focused on promoting Mitt Romney as the front runner and Jon Huntsman as a back-up, as all of the Liberal Media is busy doing. They tried to derail Herman Cain but failed. They got a gift from Rick Perry whose debate skills are far from adequate. CNBC did their best to ignore the rest of the 2012 presidential candidates during the debate, including Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. The biggest losers last night were those of us who wanted to watch the debate on a live streaming video, but CNBC is still stuck in prehistoric times, painting pictures on the walls of caves with dried mammoth blood and using bear skins and bones for high technology. Shame on you, CNBC!