My family and I enjoyed watching BOTH the Republican and Democratic TV debates Saturday night on ABC. Charlie Gibson was a fantastic moderator and was tough on both parties. He looked like and acted like an adult and conducted the debate in a professional and mature manner. (Yes, Anderson Cooper… he made you look like a fool.)
However, what keeps gnawing at me today is how terrible Bill Richardson is. According to the crazy world that is in his mind… here are the following facts (according to him) that he laid out in Saturday’s debate.
- There is still a Soviet Union… and he wants to work with them on nuclear proliferation. (yes, he said that)
- Terrorists ALREADY have nuclear weapons (yes, he said that)
- He repeatedly said how proud he was of himself in his negotiating with North Korea. (We all know how that turned out in our real world.)
- There has been no improvement in Iraq since the surge. None. Zip. Zero.
If Ron Paul is the Crazy Uncle at the Republican debates…. Bill Richardson is the Crazy Lunatic.
Too bad too, because I at one point thought he’d make a strong Democratic nominee.
UPDATE (from Dan): Sometimes, it’s uncanny how similar Bruce’s ideas are to my own. I’ve been considering a piece on how Richardson, had he campaigned on his record, may well have emerged as the sensible alternative to Ms. Hillary. With his experience and center-left positions, he could have portrayed himself as an electable alternative to the abrasive former First Lady. But, instead of trying to appeal to centrist Democrats, he has instead lurched to the left, reinventing himself as an apostle of Bush-hatred, competing for the same segment of the electorate as nearly all his Democratic rivals. No wonder he’s doing so poorly.