(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: 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.