Saturday, February 13, 2016
Donald Trump was awful- Winners and losers from tonight's debate
It can't be done. Those who fervently believe Trump is the one for the job will not listen to any logical argument against Trump and the things he has said.
For instance, Mexico is not going to pay to build a wall along the border.
We are never going to be able to deport 11 1/2 million illegals.
The ratings-obsessed media has created the Trump phenomenon because they are willing to offer him four or five times as much coverage as they have offered other candidates.
Meanwhile, Trump has continued to maintain the center position at each debate at a time when a dozen candidates who were far more qualified than Trump to serve as commander-in-chief are no longer in the race.
Trump insults women, the disabled, John McCain and, with the complicity of the media, has turned the Republican presidential race into just another reality show and a perversion of our political system.
Tonight, Trump topped himself and gave his worst debate performance yet. He called former President George W. Bush a liar, laid the blame for 9-11 at the former president's feet, rudely interrupted other candidates, primarily Jeb Bush, brought up his own support of eminent domain, argued with the crowd, and praised Planned Parenthood (though not the part that is connected to abortion).
The way things have gone thus far, Trump could see his ratings soar.
I am sensing that things have been changing and will continue to change for Trump. He is not going anywhere any time soon, but he is creating openings for his opponents.
Marco Rubio- Rubio recovered from his horrible robotic performance in last Saturday night's debate and had his best moments with an off-the-cuff one-liner after Ted Cruz talked about comments Rubio made on a Spanish language network. Rubio noted that Cruz does not even speak Spanish. But Rubio's best moment came when it was he, not Jeb Bush, who offered the best defense of President George W. Bush by saying he thanked God it was George W. Bush and not Al Gore who was president on 9-11.
Jeb Bush- Bush has made it his mission to knock down Trump a peg or two and after some poor attempts at it in earlier debates, he has been effective at it during the last three. Bush brought out the worst in Trump as the businessman shouted, interrupted, and made a fool of himself during a sizable portion of the evening. Bush is still not a smooth debater by any stretch of the imagination, but he is no longer the punch line of everyone's jokes about this race.
John Kasich- Kasich did not help himself a bit in South Carolina, but he continues to play the adult role in the debates, and is putting himself in a solid position in future states. If enough candidates remain in the race, Kasich could make a late run for delegates, and if nothing else, Kasich is putting himself in a good position for the vice presidential nomination.
Ted Cruz- I know. This is another candidate whose supporters cannot stomach any criticisms, but this is supposed to be the best debater among the Republicans and after some early strong performances, he has disappeared into the woodwork. He was able to land some blows on Trump, but he came off badly in his exchanges with Rubio.
Donald Trump- A former governor replaced him on The Apprentice and I am beginning to wonder if another former governor may end up being the Republican nominee.
Ben Carson- Why is he still in this?