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October 17, 2010

Debate: Bielat vs. Frank and a Moderator

As usual, it's the conservative against the Dem and his sympathetic moderator, but Sean holds his ground admirably here. Long (hey, it's a debate, 28 mins or so), but worth a watch to see how a) Barney fumbles and mush-mouths his answers while twisting his own personal record, and when confronted with it, dives into the weeds of "inside the beltway, politics on the hill" bullshit, and b) Sean doesn't give an inch, even to the the hostile moderator who sees when things look bad for Frank and hustles on to some talking point/gotcha questions.

He keeps his cool, and lets Barney step on himself. Quite a few times.

Am struck mostly with Barney's emphatic defenses that dive down into the "sausage-making of politics", which is his way of deflecting personal accountability, and Bielat's patience while pressing his points, and not giving in on Barney's blabbing assertions.

Interesting stupid question at 15:10 or so, "hey, what if the tax cuts were only for the rich and not the middle class, would YOU SUPPORT THAT?"

For cryin out loud.


Oh, in case you hadn't heard, Sean Bielat is a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve who killed terrorists and builds robots to kill more of em*.

As a Program Manager.

Lemme tell ya, PM over killer robots is a tough job.


* I don't know that the robots actually kill terrorists, but it would be awesome if they did.

UPDATED: Oh, the robots kill IEDs before they can kill our soldiers.

I knew that, I think, just screwed it up. My bad.

via several RTs here.


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