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Friday, February 27, 2009

Excerpts From The Great Debate

I'll be posting excerpts from "The Great Debate" from now till Monday evening.
In this first clip, panelist Debbie Lopez asks the candidates about their spanish speaking abilities.



Blogger Michael Higby said:

With all due respect to Walter Moore how freaking out of touch that he couldn't speak a few words of Spanish and had to make some crack about French. This isn't Montreal Walter!

Especially considering that the whitest of the white guys there, Phil, did an excellent job speaking Spanish as did the other non-native speakers (again I don't know if David Hernandez is a native speaker or not but his points were spot on!)

February 27, 2009 4:42 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

I remember in 1993 when at a group debate broadcast on KCET Mike Woo told Patt Morrison in a debate that he had just vacationed in Provence. His consultant is reported to have said, "Mike, you can't even say France, let alone Provence!"

February 27, 2009 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil said he's married to a Latina.

Isn;t that the ultimate cover for a conservative, "I'm married to a Latina" even if it's a conservative Cuban or rightwing Salvadoran, and who more anti-peasant Hispanic than anyone from the lighter-skinned class where they consider themselves "Spanish" and explicitly not Indian in background and culture.

February 27, 2009 5:09 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I believe Phil said his girlfriend is a Latina. I don't believe they're married. But he better consider it. :)

Before you spout clown have your facts straight.

You believe that being conservative makes you racist. Then how does that account for racist poverty pimps like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, racist whores who Obama wanted nothing to do with.

And your true liberal racism comes out when you say that a Latino who is Cuban or Salvadoran and is of a conservative bent due to their experience of living under communist brutality is not as valid a Latino as others - or based on the color of their skin?

For what it's worth Phil's girlfriend is an amazingly attractive, dark skinned young woman with poise, charm and intelligence who has a growing and accomplished political resume of her own.

You really need to focus on what you know, if anything.

February 27, 2009 5:17 PM  

Blogger Nancy said:

Walter Moore and David Hernandez had exactly the correct attitude. Why Spanish?
Why not Korean or Thai? What bs. Thanks Walter and David.

February 27, 2009 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Phil Jennerjahn said:

I thought I did pretty well in this video.

I was forced to get up to speed in Spanish when I lived in Northern Spain, in Leon, with the family of a good friend of mine. The Spaniards up in the North really don't speak English and they speak at high speed, so I learned a lot being there.

It has been beneficial to be a competent Spanish speaker while living here in L.A. People at the debate told me they were very impressed. They never saw it coming.
And with a true Castillian accent, also...

I don't appreciate 5:09 making wisecracks about my girl, but I will chalk that up to jealousy. For the record... she is of Mexican descent. She is an up and coming rising figure in Republican political circles. We are not married yet but have talked about it. She accepted my offer to move into the Mayors mansion with me if I win the election.... so I have more reasons than other candidates to try harder to win the election.

February 27, 2009 7:32 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:


Don't pack David in with Walter.

I agree everyone needs to speak English.

However we have a large number of people who still speak Spanish.

There is nothing wrong with the candidates speaking in Spanish.

February 27, 2009 8:17 PM  

Blogger CraigX said:

I asked Hernandez specifically if he was a native Spanish speaker and he said, "No, I learned in high school."

February 27, 2009 8:51 PM  

Blogger CraigX said:

She accepted my offer to move into the Mayors mansion with me if I win the election....

Wow, congratulations to Phil and his new fiance!

February 27, 2009 9:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

English has been the primary language of this country since before 1776. French has been the language of the WORLDWIDE diplomats from 1700 until early 1960. Diplomats and educated persons of very country in the world spoke French. After that,the diplomatice language was ENGLISH! Spanish has never been the primary diplomatic language and should not be spoken in the Congress of the United States, its State administration, the County or the City until more than 50% of the registered voters want Spanish to be the primary language of this country, just as the French Canadians in Quebec voted that in that "provence" of Quebec, French was the primary language, and all document must be translated to two
languages, French and English.

February 27, 2009 10:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Craigie, She accepted your offer to move into the Mayors mansion with you if you win the election....

For what? A pot party or a menage a trois?

Time to shut up Craigie. You have no moral compass and whatever you say, you sound like a wack job weirdo.

February 27, 2009 10:36 PM  

Anonymous A Voter said:

Craig Rubin is a nut Higby. Why are you giving him air time? Sheesh.

February 27, 2009 10:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You canidates are crazy. Rubin is crazier than Zuma, and Phil is crazier than David. Oh what fun....

February 27, 2009 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote for David Hernandez on March 3rd!!!!!!!!

February 27, 2009 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote for Zuma Dog. Wacko hears Spanish on his radio and Hernandez doesn't have the Dog's record of leadership and service. Though he's a nice man.

February 27, 2009 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, you DID great with your spanish.. I too truly did not see it coming....And the fact that your girlfriend is an up and coming REPUBLICAN political figure, well.........and I thought I knew who I'd vote for if I could.. Good Luck.

February 28, 2009 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

English is the language of this country. WALTER MOORE FOR MAYOR!

March 02, 2009 8:51 AM  

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