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I'm having lunch at the Mad Boar in Wallace, North Carolina. Not bad. Large, Irish-pub-like atmosphere, attractive and competent waitresses serving me a cool glass of Pinor Gris, with a pork stew soup, followed by a whiskey river trout. Second glass of wine, and I'm reading, slower now, reactions to last night's GOP debate. The best is by Scott Johnson at Power Line. Crisp and to the point, even witty when the subject allows it. I agree with his thoughts too bad they have to be cruel.

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Mr. Johnson is right, and how awful that is. What I heard of the debate reminded me about Matthew 15:11, "It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man." Inasmuch as that is an argument to shut up during a presidential campaign, it might not be useful. Candidates must say something. Couldn't they please be more careful what they say and how they say it?

Those guys are playing at this as if their job at the moment is to defeat the other guys. It really isn't. The job now is to win us, the electorate. "Anyone but Barack Obama" is not a given; Republicans need a good candidate. None of those folks seem promising at the moment.

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