Fox's Forum

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Last night was a big night for the Republican presidential candidates. Fred Thompson was on NBC's Tonight Show, and the rest of the candidates debated on Fox. Steve Kornacki, columnist for the New York Observer, and WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein, pick the highlights and the low points of the night.


Andrea Bernstein and Steve Kornacki

Comments [13]

Kevin from NJ

Sorry to those who thought otherwise, but that ending with Pavarotti playing behind Giuliani was absolutely hilarious. Anyway Pavarotti trivialized himself and opera by teaming up with Frank and Dino for the big dog-and-pony vaudeville act. Please. Now we all pay for this marketing genius every time Channel 13 has a pledge drive. Hey thanks a lot, Luciano.

As for Giuliani: as Woody Allen's character says in Annie Hall, "He's a politician, you know the ethics those guys have, it's a notch below child molester."

With the nonstop campaign nausea-fest already under way, we need all the laughs we can get. Lighten up people.

Sep. 06 2007 11:00 PM
Chicago Listener

Nice touch, the Pavarotti ending.

Imagine if Giuliani were always so calm and rational sounding. And if he acquainted himself with the third person plural pronoun, "We reduced crime. We broke the Mafia, etc."

But, alas, that would only put a prettier dress on a swine.

Putting aside his failures surrounding 9/11, his steadfast support of Bush and the war in Iraq marks him as, what's the technical term?, as a crazy person.

Sep. 06 2007 12:08 PM

Pavarotti as background to Giuliani trivialies both. Totally tasteless and inappropriate.

Sep. 06 2007 12:07 PM
Sherman from Manhattan

Gee, thanks, Brian, for ending your show with an extended free campaign commercial for Giuliani--with background music, no less! Should he be elected, I'm sure you'll be invited to the White House. Cool!

Sep. 06 2007 12:05 PM
MP from Manhattan (originally Kansas)

What did the crack about opera and 'don't tell them in Kansas' mean at the end of the show? There are a lot of displaced Kansans in New York who listen to your show. There are also many who love Opera. Kansans should not be confused with hicks. (nor should they be considered as all Sam Brownback followers)

Sep. 06 2007 12:04 PM
TM from Brooklyn

I can't decide what is more sickening-- all these men on their second of third wives, lowharding about the sanctity of marriage, or seeing how people just eat up Giuliani's lies.

Sep. 06 2007 11:55 AM
TM from Brooklyn

What is particularly sickening is seeing Giuliani crisscrossing the country, and lying his face off, and seeing people eating it up.

Sep. 06 2007 11:53 AM
Trevor from LIC

I personally would vote for a Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich coalition government.

Although that may sound absurd, at least they are the only ones who voice opposition against corporate interests.

Sep. 06 2007 11:51 AM
amanda from harlem

although i will vote democratic in this election, I find Mike Huckabee to be refreshingly genuine and honest. He is the only candidate, either democratic or republican, who i believe when he speaks

Sep. 06 2007 11:48 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

I’m a little surprised that anyone from NYC would support Rudy for president. He did rid us of squeegee men, but what about elephant dung on paintings, and the bazaar romantic entanglements. He refused to let Mike Bloomberg take office, stating that only he could run the City after the WTC attack.

Sep. 06 2007 11:47 AM
antonio from park slope

These guys are just pushing the corporate media's, status cuo! If your for generic politics as usual, then your for Huckabee, giuliani, Romney..The obvious winner last night was Ron Paul..

Brian can someone, anyone... address, the lies and spin that giuliani keeps spewing????!!!

Sep. 06 2007 11:39 AM
Trevor from LIC

Am I the only one who thinks Fred Thompson sounds sort of like Foghorn Leghorn?

Sep. 06 2007 11:36 AM
John from Queens


Ron Paul's ringing defense of a traditional conservative American foreign policy was the highlight of the debate.
There are a growing number of Republicans like myself who have been against this war from the beginning. Paul speaks for us when he criticizes an immoral invasion and occupation that DOES NOT SERVE the national interest of the United States. In what conceivable way was Iraq even a remote threat to the national security of the US? A true Republican foreign policy is one that has our military defend our security, not go searching around the globe for conflicts to intervene in.
The traditional media cannot understand Dr. Paul because he is a GRASS ROOTS Republican, not a FOX NEWS CHANNEL ARM CHAIR GENERAL.
Paul is the antidote to sanctimonius "conservatives" like Bill Kristol Ricjad Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney.
Tahnk God for Ron Paul, representuing the "Republican Wing" of the Republican Party!!

Sep. 06 2007 11:16 AM

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