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Old 01-31-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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And if so, can you name him/her and your reason why you respect them?

Here is mine: There are others, but one that sticks out for me is Dr. Marc Lamont-Hill. He is about as far left as you can possibly get, even bordering on promoting communism, but I enjoy listening to him debate. He makes excellent points without being combative and stands up for his views based on principle. Rarely, if ever, do I agree with his views, but I respect him and enjoy hearing his take on things.

So who do you like on the "other side"?
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Riverside, CA
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I enjoy watching Mark McKinnon, a Republican Strategist. He seems very open minded to giving his views without blindly towing the company line. He will listen to the Democratic view, sometimes he agrees and sometimes he disagrees, but he does it in a very conversational and constructive manner.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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Absolutely.

David Brooks. Very reasonable, intelligent, and rational.

George Will. Same reasons, although not quite as likable as David Brooks.

Joe Scarborough. Not really a pundit, but I like his calm, rational approach.

Pat Buchanan. I admire his commitment to conservative principles, but he's interesting because he's also a nationalist and a protectionist.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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I enjoy watching Mark McKinnon, a Republican Strategist. He seems very open minded to giving his views without blindly towing the company line. He will listen to the Democratic view, sometimes he agrees and sometimes he disagrees, but he does it in a very conversational and constructive manner.
Agree about your mention of Mark McKinnon... I'd add David Brooks.

Last edited by Bagger; 01-31-2010 at 03:42 PM.. Reason: Changed you to your... and removed extraneous word. Tough day.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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William F. Buckley Jr. for his wit, eloquence and diction.

John McCain once for his independent streak and election financing reform effort.

David Brooks in non-partisan mode.

Pat Buchanan when wearing the protectionist hat.

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Old 01-31-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I have a few.

Susan Estrich. She is one of the few intellectually honest liberals.

Kristin Powers - she is reasonable.

Bob Beckel - he is a partisan, but at least he is somewhat honest.

Camille Paglia - another far lefty, but somewhat honest in her analysis.

Good thread OP.

I'd rep you if I could.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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James Carrville is a very funny democrat
al sharpton is very smart and one of the best debaters I have seen regardless of political spectrum, I always look forward to him with his good arguments even if it is on fox.
Glenn beck is very funny
Ron Paul is very intelligent and although he is a bit of an extremist for the mainstream he makes sense- he is the kind of guy who when he talks about an issue like saying abolishing the irs, you say he makes sense; but i just don't think it is a good idea, mind you i think it is a good idea.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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Pat Caddell, long-time pollster for the Dems
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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I have a few.

Susan Estrich. She is one of the few intellectually honest liberals.

Kristin Powers - she is reasonable.

Bob Beckel - he is a partisan, but at least he is somewhat honest.

Camille Paglia - another far lefty, but somewhat honest in her analysis.

Good thread OP.

I'd rep you if I could.
Ooh! I like Susan Estrich too. She does a good job of stating her beliefs and backing them up in a non-combative way. Definitely deserving of respect.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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I like Joe Scarborough. He's one of the best Republican voices I've heard.

I used to really respect John McCain for his views, but he sold his soul down the river when he ran for President, so I lost all the respect I had for him as a politician. I still respect his service to my country though.
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