CNN asks Republican candidates “Boxers or briefs?”

OK, that question never got asked but “Coke or Peps”i did. So did “Blackberry or iPhone” and “spicy or mild” and … honestly, why do networks do this?

CNN’s John King decided (or his boss did) to try inject an ice breaker into the debate. The only problem there was no ice to break. The Republicans in this debate were focused on one thing and one thing only, Beating Barack Obama. The most part they obeyed Reagan’s first commandment, or is it the 11th commandment? They did not go after each other.

Nevertheless John King thought it important that he introduce a new segment into presidential debates he called this or that. Not only was it stupid, it was annoying. But it didn’t provide a lot of entertainment on twitter last night.


Now I have no idea what this has to do with the making of a great president or providing information to the general public about how any of these candidates would be a great president. But this is television and television never ceases to amaze me.

Editors note: I can’t believe I wasted 30 min. putting this together. Plus here’s the Twitter feed from last night. Very cool.


But my favorite is from Jim Geraghty:

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  1. TomL on June 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

    It’s like watching ?the newlywed game.

  2. crystal4 on June 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

    No, it was like “Jeopardy” with a group of contestants that are working towards their GED’s.

  3. WagTheDog on June 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Babba Wawa – If you were a twee, what kind of a twee would you be?

  4. crystal4 on June 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

    On a serious note-from the candidates- there was nothing there except the tired old Fox News talking points.
    (The exception was Ron Paul who talked of ending the ridiculous, money wasting wars immediately.)

  5. winnie888 on June 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Boxers or briefs didn’t really take Michele Bachman into consideration. And @ crystal…I thought Obama ended those wars?? Ohhhh, yeah…not quite yet.? He must be working on following through on that promise for his next term (& let’s not forget gitmo)…

  6. gillie28 on June 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

    The level of so-called “journalism” has sunk to new depths….wonder what the daily read of the ?interviewer is: the National Inquirer or a comic book???

  7. Dimsdale on June 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I think that the “tired, old” economic principles of frugality and commonsense that built this country should be reemployed (pun intended) instead of the failed, Keynesian, Euro-socialist claptrap that ?bama is peddling.

  8. brianh on June 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Gary Johnson should’ve driven a bus through the building walls onto the stage!
    His exclusion must be a violation of the first amendment, or somethin’

  9. Murphy on June 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I’m just surprised the question wasn’t tweet or not tweet.

  10. ricbee on June 15, 2011 at 12:22 am

    A beauty contest,no more.

  11. Linda Mae on June 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Blame CNN – silly questions.? An attempt to trivialize the process – to trivialize the candidates, their opinions – and hide Obama’s failures.? CNN loves Obama.? “Nuff said!
    Still – the candidates persevered.? There isn’t one of them who could not do a better job than Obama.
    The whole event made CNN look the idiots. They treated it like the Ms. America pageant with the silly questions.

  12. GdavidH on June 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Why didn’t he ask one of them MSNBC or FOX?
    Go ahead, picture in your mind the chuckling and snickering that would have prompted.

  13. Tim-in-Alabama on June 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    These were stupid debate questions, but one of my all-time favorite stupid debate moments came in the town hall in Richmond in 1992 with Slick Willie, Crazy Uncle Ross and George H.W. Bush, when the pony-tailed guy asked, “How can we as symbolically the children of the future president … expect the three of you to meet our needs?” If I had been on the podium, my response would have been, “Well, son, if you were my boy, I’d tell you to get your d… hair cut.”

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