McCain and Huckabee laid a couple of below the belt punches on Romney. McCain acted with great discourtesy and incivility and did not allow Romney to speak without unwarranted interruptions. Huckabee and McCain both zinged him for flip-flopping as though other candidates had also not done so. McCain himself reversed his ground when he found out the American public found his position unacceptable.
McCain is still hung up on what to do with the 12-14 million illegals. He and others want to quickly deport the 2 million criminals among them but have no idea on how to go about this. I guess they must expect them all to sew a red letter C on their clothes so we can easily identify and deport them. Of course, these criminals are the very people who will be back over the border within 24 hours.
McCain and Giuliani both are also hung up on the legal definition of "amnesty" and are unwilling to admit what they propose is a form of amnesty as commonly understood by the American people -- i.e. any proposal that allows the illegals to stay and work here and/or provides a pathway to citizenship, is clearly a form of amnesty regardless of any penalties or fines that might be imposed. "Going to the back of the line" is a meaningless concept if the illegals are not required to return to their homelands and stay there until their applications are approved or a temporary work permit issued. McCain's and Giuliani's problem is that they simply are unwilling to be up front with the American people. Why don't they both agree that what they propose is a form of what is commonly understood as amnesty and be done with this issue? If Giuliani doesn't think New York is a sanctuary city because of his policies, then he needs to prove it by saying what he did
to rid the city of illegals. Otherwise, he must admit the obvious.
If any candidate has a position somewhere between mass legalization and mass deportation, he or she should make that position clear and indicate what hard and fast criteria should be used to determine who should stay and who should be deported.
The question of the children of illegals came up but no one had the courage to say, "Hey, if they are minors, they must go with their parents if they are deported."
On the Dem side, Richardson talked about an 80% reduction in atmospheric pollution but never addressed how that would be possible at the same time as our population is increasing by 100%. He's a loser who doesn't have a prayer.
Edwards made a telling point when he pointed out that Hillary changed her tune when she lost in Iowa. She zinged him about the Health Care Bill of Rights which did pass the Senate but not the House. He could have had a rejoinder to the effect that that was one step further than her health care plan was able to achieve.
When Hillary touted the election of a female president as a "real change", Obama could have added "the election of a black man would also be a real change.
I liked Thompson insistence that the 12 million illegals would still be here under McCain's agenda.
It's unfortunate the GOP decided to gang up on Romney and that he put himself in the position where he was vulnerable to the old flip-flop criticism. I still believe he is the best candidate but his chances are dimming.