Disclaimer!!!!! I didn’t get to watch all of it. I didn’t even watch half of it. My video feed died, and it was too frustrating trying to get it back, so …….
But, I did watch a significant portion of it, and have been watching the clips and reading the pundits.
Let me start by saying it’s impossible to give an unbiased evaluation of any debate with so many characters. That said, be it leftists, conservative, LSM …… all are unanimous, and count me with this opinion, as well, Fiorina won, hands down. She mopped the floor with Trump. That wasn’t hard because of the idiotic position Trump put himself in. This is what I was writing about when I noted his comment about her face. It doesn’t matter what his intent or meaning was. He opened a door and Fiorina just kicked it down, anyway, and then went through.
As I recall in one of my earlier evaluations of Fiorina, I stated she was formidable. Last night, she demonstrated exactly how formidable she can be. I still won’t vote for her, but, she gets my props.
It wasn’t just Trump that she dominated. She dominated the entire field. What she did was serve notice. Her game is currently much higher than any one else’ in the field. She’s informed, she’s articulate, and she’s prepared. Look for a significant amount of the anti-establishment/independents to jump on her wagon. I’ll be very surprised if that doesn’t happen.
She also demonstrated that she knows who she’s talking to. And, it’s made an impact in Washington. She gets much fist bumps from me for her articulation of the Planned Parenthood/abortion issue. She just caused thousands of fiminazis to go buy some Pepto-bismal.
The loser of the debate was Trump, but, that’s only because he was on top. He had more to lose. He had to know Fiorina was coming after him, but, I don’t think there was any response he could have made to her …. re the “face” comment. After that, Trump was on unsettled ground.
I think Bush was the other loser. He failed to impress, and, he needs to if he’s going to make a run. The thing about front-runners is that they almost never start at the top, go to the bottom, and then come back. Another debate performance like this and the establishment people will either go to Rubio or Christie.
Rubio did well in the debate, as well. Not great, but, he was articulate and informed. Christie did okay.
Rand Paul did “okay”. He did solidify his base, but, they’ll be lit when it comes time to vote and won’t show up at the polls. This is one of the issues I disagree with Fiorina on. I don’t generally smoke pot. I have in the past, but, it doesn’t do much for me and it doesn’t mix well with my beer. That said, it is so prevalent in our society, we need to just let it go through. It is mostly resisted because it’s a huge revenue generator for our public officials, police, and drug counselors, and the like. It needs to stop. We’re criminalizing huge swaths of our fellow citizens who have done nothing but smoke cannabis. Again, I don’t recommend smoking the stuff. But, I’m also not for fining nor imprisoning my fellow citizens who have done nothing against me or mine, or anyone else. But, when the city needs some revenue? Let’s go to the known dopers house! Let’s put them in jail, have them pay to get bailed out, fine them, and then send them to some classes, which, they have to pay for, which employs useless social workers, and tell them they shouldn’t smoke pot. All in all, it only costs the dopers a few $thousand, and everyone’s happy! …. Well, except for the dope smokers.
Huckabee decided it was time to go after the moral conservative votes. This will also hurt Trump, but, not in any spectacular manner. Moral conservatives know and like Huckabee. But, they supported him 4 years ago and got nowhere. But, his performance should swing a few his way.
A note about Ted Cruz …… if he’s doing what I think he’s doing, then, I agree and condone the strategy. But, it’s possible he’s not ….. so, I don’t know.
Cruz was “okay” in this debate. But, I think it was by design. I think Cruz is waiting. You may ask, “waiting for what?” ….. glad you asked! Cruz is one of the few candidates to go out of their way not to attack Trump. Why? Because he’s waiting for Trump to implode. The key to Cruz’ success in this primary is to have the Trump supporters. Bush/Christie supporters are not going to move to Cruz regardless of what happens. He needs the Trump supporters. He can ill afford to alienate them. ….. (this is a political mistake Rand is making.) Cruz has already had a small victory when Perry dropped out. Texas is huge in the election and primaries. Cruz’ challenge became slightly simpler. But, only slightly. You see, Cruz is Hispanic. He needs their votes, as well. But, there’s Bush and Rubio in the way for their votes. And, Bush is also taking up some Texas support. Right now, the field is too large. So Cruz waits for the field to winnow. I’ve seen Cruz’ biting unrehearsed tongue. He simply hasn’t wielded it, yet. He can’t afford to take on 11 or so detractors at the same time. But, when the field narrows …. well, that may be a different story. At least, I think this is what Cruz is doing. He’s not alienating voters and waiting for the field to narrow to pick up the other supporters. Then, he plays.
This is similar to what I think Walker was trying to do. But, I think Walker is out of time. I’m told Walker is only concentrating on Iowa (the first primary state). I don’t believe this is going to work. I don’t think he’ll last long enough to get to the primary if he doesn’t change his strategy. His latest ….. calling for the elimination of government worker unions is a non-starter. Don’t get me wrong, it should have never been allowed. I’m all for it. It’s not going to resonate. Everyone already knew Walker is a union-buster. He needs to show more depth and breadth.
As to the rest of the field. ….. sorry guys, you’re done. …. with the possible exception of Bobby Jindal.
A note to the readers! I’m writing about politics, not my advocacy. This is about strategy and tactics, not right or wrong, or who would be our best leader. It’s about how to get there.