The plan last night was to consume some excellent Spanish sherry and sleep like a baby….as they say….”the best laid plans of mice and men….”
Thanx to pain issues my sherry did not provide the luxury of cradling in the arms of Orpheus…..insomnia was my only option last night and sadly my only form of entertainment was the Tube……and it was either some ridiculous reality crap or the GOP debate (a form of reality show genre)…..the re-run of the debate won out.
What did I learn? Media–Bad……insults R us……but nothing substantial on their economic views other than their standard tagline or slogan…..and the debate was aired on CNBC….you would think it would be a bit more economic in substance….
All that said….what happened….at the mud wrestle?
With each Republican presidential candidate sharing the stage with nine others—and sharing the GOP field with 13 rivals—Wednesday night’s debate participants needed to get tough, be bold, and say something that would help them stay at the top, or claw their way there. Here’s how they did that, via the Washington Post and AP:
- Donald Trump set his sights on a new target, John Kasich: “John got lucky [in Ohio] with a thing called ‘fracking.’ He hit oil. Believe me, that is why Ohio is doing well. … He was so nice. He was such a nice guy, and then his poll numbers tanked. That’s why he’s (standing) on the end.”
- Jeb Bush on Marco Rubio’s record of missed votes: “Marco, when you signed up for this, this is a six-year term, and you should be showing up to work. I mean, literally, the Senate—what is it, like a French work week? You get, like, three days where you have to show up? Or just resign, and let somebody else take the job.”
- Rubio’s retort: “Someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you.”
- Bush’s kiss: “You find a Democrat that’s for cutting spending $10? I’ll give him a warm kiss.”
- Kasich on his rivals’ tax plans: “Why don’t we just give a chicken in every pot, while we’re, you know, coming up—coming up with these fantasy tax schemes. … Folks, we gotta wake up. We cannot elect somebody that doesn’t know how to do the job. “
- Ted Cruz on how the CNBC moderators are doing: “This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘ John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘ Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”
- Cruz on the media: “The Democrats have the ultimate SuperPac. It’s called the mainstream media.”
- Chris Christie on a question posed about fantasy football: “We have a government involved in fantasy football? We have ISIS and al-Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football? Enough on fantasy football. Let people play! Who cares?”
- Mike Huckabee: “You know, everybody has an ‘only guy’—’I’m the only guy this; I’m the only guy that.’ Well, let me tell you one thing that I am the only guy: The only guy that has consistently fought the Clinton machine every election I was ever in over the past 26 years. And not only did I fight them, but I beat them.”
- Carly Fiorina: “It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the first woman president, when every single policy she espouses, and every single policy of President Obama has been demonstrably bad for women.”
- Ben Carson stayed true to form: “I do, however, believe in Reagan’s 11th commandment, and will not be engaging in awful things about my compatriots here.”
- Rand Paul on the budget deal: “I will spend every ounce of energy to stop it. I will begin tomorrow to filibuster it.”
In true American form….we need to know who won and who lost…..
- Winners: Marco Rubio is coming up as a consensus winner. Politico, for example, says he “stole the show” with his jabs at Jeb Bush and the mainstream media, and with his overall polished performance. Ted Cruz, too, is getting strong reviews, mostly for his aggressive attacks against the media and the moderators. The Washington Post adds Chris Christie’s name to the list of winners.
- The big loser: Jeb Bush is getting dismal reviews. Simply put, he “failed to turn in the type of performance that would soothe the fears of his nervous-and-getting-more-so backers inside the Republican Party,” writes Josh Voorhees at Slate. Pundits had predicted that a weak showing might be the end of his campaign, writes David Graham at the Atlantic. “He’d better hope they were wrong about that–this was not a strong performance.
Trump was predictable……Carson is still in a coma……Was Huckabee there?……Carly got lots of face time but had nothing to really say……I believe there were a few others present but for the life of me I cannot recall their faces….
I have to admit it….this debate was entertaining…..but a in a disturbing way……chaotic confrontation…..very entertaining.