Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Debate Prep

Get ready for another GOP debate tonight on CNN. Get ready for substantive questions about Satan and contraception.

Debate Prep

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer;s editor, a.k.a. BE)

BE: Hey, JB, I assume you'll be watching tonight's Republican debate in Arizona on CNN at 8?

JB: Wouldn't miss it.

BE: I assume it'll be a substantive discussion of issues like the economy and jobs?

JB: Ha-ha!

BE: What?

JB: It's on CNN, the entertainment network, the network that stages debates like beauty contests or dog shows with each contestant strolling out and waving to live-audience applause.

BE: Yeah, but then come the substantive questions.

JB: Like whether or not Rick Santorum still believes Satan "has his sights" on America, as he (Santorum, not Satan) said in `08 speech to a Catholic College in Florida, and that he (Satan, not Santorum) is using "those great vices of pride, vanity ans sensuality" to attack the nation.

BE: It's a shame it's too late for Satan to get on the ballot. He and Rick could go head-to-head. That's a debate CNN would love. Does Rick still believe that stuff?

JB: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd thinks so.

BE: Maybe Rick will unveil his 9-point plan to combat Satan.

JB: Bet five of the nine address ways to restrict the godless, liberal, lying media.

BE: Or, he can say he believes in good and evil and then try to change the subject.

JB: That seems to be the plan. Check out the latest.

BE: Speaking of the latest, how's Rick doing in Michigan and Arizona, both of which vote next week?

JB: New polls show him slipping: Romney up 2 in Michigan; Romney up 16 in Arizona.

BE: But that's before playing the Satan card and before tonight's debate and before his surge resurges and before Mitt puts out new details on his own economic plan.

JB: Yeah, you're right. But as always, the devil's in the details.

BE: Didn't you forget something.

JB: Sorry. GRRRR.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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