Where the Hell was retired Navy Vet, Shawn Quinn, the Libertarian candidate for MD Governor? As a matter of fact, where was Brian Vaeth, who is mounting a public write-in campaign for MD Governor? Ah, I see, it was just a matter of WJZTV 13 and The Baltimore Sun continuing in the fine tradition of short changing the voters by only having the contenders from the top 2 political parties debate. If anyone EVER tries to tell you this game ain’t fixed…
So, it was with WJZ’s Vic Carter and Andy Green from The Baltimore Sun acting as moderators and questioners that tonight’s gubernatorial debate happened. Each of the two gents read a number of previously submitted questions offered by voters and what we learned from the answers given by MD LG, Democrat Anthony Brown and private citizen, GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Hogan was that:
Anthony Brown truly IS every bit as brain dead as he looks, and…
Larry Hogan apparently refuses to go for the jugular.
To begin with, in his opening statement, Brown started off on education and quickly morphed into the type of typical “progressive” gobbledygook a brain dead leftist displays when they know they’re in trouble: “This election is not about the past and where we’ve been, this election is about the future.” In other words, do NOT talk about the past eight years.
Hogan, in his opening statement starts off with : I’m not a professional politician, I’m just a small businessman.” Yes, Larry, we KNOW you’re not a professional politician – but how much of that is due to the fact you didn’t win your previous race? Whatever, Hogan then went on to blast the 40 consecutive tax increases.
Interestingly, despite thanking a veritable boatload of folks who made the debate possible, neither man thanked the other for being there. A little contentious, maybe?
A couple of the highlighted statements made by each of these two:
“There will be no new taxes in the Brown/Ullman administration.” – Brown.
Brown sounded good, “But it’s the complete opposite of his 8 year record of failure.” – Hogan.
Larry Hogan’s best line of the night came following an exchange in which Anthony Brown took a dig at him about his alleged desire to offer big tax giveaways to corporations. In response to that, Hogan said, instead, “We’re giving away our corporations” to other states via Governor O’Malley’s and Anthony Brown’s ridiculous anti-business policies.
As for Anthony Brown’s best line of the night…well, he didn’t have one. In fact, he didn’t even come close to having one. Anthony Brown IS a dunderhead. There is no doubt about that. Not only does he look like idiot, I fear he really IS an idiot.
(Duh….duh…Oh….duh. Yes, I am every bit the idiot I look.)
Still, Brown was audacious enough to call Hogan incompetent. It was at that point that, were I Hogan, I’d have immediately taken that and hammered Brown on the incompetence of his disastrous health care rollout. That was only one of at least two instances in which Hogan missed a grand opportunity to truly pummel his dunderheaded opponent. The other such opportunity came up when Brown claimed to want to take a balanced approach when it comes to the environment. I can’t believe Hogan didn’t hammer the Hell out of that dweeb on the Rain Tax.. In fact, I don’t think I heard the term “rain tax” the entire debate.
Yeah, they talked about a bunch of other stuff, too, of course – they had an hour to fill, after all, some of which included SB281, immigration policy, and women’s issues. I want to know when the Hell they’re going to talk about men’s issues, but – hey – that’s just me. If you want to know all the crap that went down on those (and other) topics, including the tenor of this campaign, well, I’m pretty sure Channel 2 online will have the debate up for streaming.
A few additional of the issues/things/statements on which Hogan did well were his multiples hits on Brown for his “8 year record of failure,” and the way in which he talked about raising spending as though Brown WAS O’Malley. At one point, Hogan said, “I’m running because I want to get the government off of our backs and out of our pockets.” How very Reaganesque!
On Brown’s end there were these gems:
After one segment in which Hogan was offered a rebuttal, Brown wanted to rebut Hogan’s rebuttal – until he was stopped by Vic Carter. Stunned, Brown asked them “Oh, that (what Hogan had just said) WAS the rebuttal.” Upon being assured it was, the debate continued.
In their closing statements, both Mr. Hogan and the moron each channeled the man they want to be seen as being. For Hogan, it was Reagan, when Hogan said:
“The importance of this election is a fight for MD’s future, which is a fight worth having. If you’re comfortable with the status quo, then vote for my opponent – but if you believe things are way off track, vote to bring about that change.”
And, for Anthony Brown, it was Bill Clinton:
“Play by the rules, you can not only pursue, but achieve your dreams.”
As far as debates go, tonight’s bout was mildly entertaining, if not exactly eye opening. The sad fact is that no blood was drawn. And Larry Hogan had at least two excellent opportunities.
Larry Hogan won in a decision – a decision based more on Anthony Brown’s general incompetence and inability to speak articulately than on anything in particular that Hogan did – and in spite of what Hogan DIDN’T do –which was nail Brown to the wall when the opportunities were right there for him to do just that.
A “Decision” when it could have been a Knock Out. That’s a shame.