Republicans at debate boo the Golden Rule

No matter what you think of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, you have to admire the way he sticks to what he believes no matter what reaction he gets from the audience. And you have to wonder what the Republicans who attend these debates are thinking.

Rep. Ron Paul

In Monday night’s debate in South Carolina sponsored by Fox News, Paul said the U.S. should use the Golden Rule in its foreign policy.

“Don’t do to other nations what we don’t want them to do to us,” Paul said. “We endlessly bomb these countries and we wonder why they get upset with us.”

The audience did cheer, however, when Paul said we don’t need another war. He said we need to quit the ones we’re in and bring home the troops.

Audience reaction has at times been just as interesting in the debates as anything the GOP candidates have said. Audiences have booed a gay Iraq war veteran, cheered Gov. Rick Perry’s execution record, etc.

Below is video of last night’s audience booing Paul as he talks about using the Golden Rule to guide foreign policy:

—  David Taffet

AZ Gov. Jan ‘SB 1070′ Brewer says no future debates for her (plus a poll)

If you haven’t seen the video, you’ll get a chance after this:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is apparently done with participating in gubernatorial debates, because she is terrible at them. Per Jillian Rayfield at TPM:
Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has put the kibosh on all future debates with her Arizona gubernatorial opponent Terry Goddard (D), after her rather embarrassing display at Wednesday’s debate. “I don’t believe that things come out in proper context in an adversarial atmosphere,” she defended herself.

My follow-up question would have probably been, “What is the proper context for your statement, and I quote, ‘…’” in which the ellipsis represents twenty seconds of silent dumbfoundment, but that’s beside the point.

Here’s where you get to figure out the context: drunk, brain-fart, brain-dead or “overprepped”…


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—  John Wright

Lorie Burch takes on Liberty Institute's Sasser in gay marriage debate Tuesday night at SMU

Lorie Burch
Lorie Burch

Aside from the Final Four, there’s another showdown this week you may not want to miss.

Tomorrow night at SMU, local lesbian attorney Lorie Burch will face off against Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for the right-wing Liberty Institute, in a debate on marriage equality. The debate, an SMU Political Science Symposium, is at 7 p.m.. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. It’s free and open to the public, so we should try to pack the audience to give Burch a home-field advantage.

Burch is chairwoman-elect for the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the DFW Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee. I don’t know much about Sasser, but according to his bio on the Liberty Legal Web site, his military experience includes serving as headquarters commander, company executive officer and training officer in the Army Reserves. He’s also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and the BBC, and has been heard on various radio stations throughout the United States, Asia, Africa and Europe, the bio states.

To be honest, though, this one sounds like a bit of a mismatch on paper: Burch has a law degree from George Washington University, while Sasser’s is from Oklahoma City University.

To view the Facebook event page, go here.

—  John Wright