Free For All!

The moderator, Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, promised at the beginning not to be “a Grinch.” But now everyone’s talking over each other. They’re refusing to answer yes or no to a question on climate change.

“Can I have a minute to answer it?” Fred Thompson asks. She says no. “Then I won’t answer it.” Ouch! The other candidates agree. They’re unionizing against the moderator! She finally gives in, which lets Alan Keyes spew nonsense for thirty seconds. In the moment of silence that follows, Thompson’s back with the brutal zinger: “I agree with Alan Keyes’ position on global warming.”