After Debate Observations...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

After Debate Observations...

...and questions, Gawd knows I have questions after watching the CNN Republican Presidential "Final" Debate, late-starting but live, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Who is Ayla Brown and why was she chosen to open the dabate with her stylized version of the National Anthem?
  • Why is Governor John Kasich still included in the main debates?
  • (It's almost as if The Media is collectively rooting for Kasich to get the GOP nomination because he'll be the weakest opponent against Hillary Clinton.)

  • Debate moderator Wolf Bitzer repeatedly asked potential "gotcha" questions... and "got" no one; were the questions made available to the candi­dates in advance?
  • Did co-moderator Hugh Hewitt really think he was going to get away with trying to lead retired neuro­sur­geon Dr. Ben Carson into agreeing to "killing women and children" as an adjunct to waging war on ISIS?
  • (Carson just laughed and played to the audience which was loudly boo-ing Hewitt.)

Best line of the night
"Mr. Trump, you are not going to be able to insultyour way to the Presidency."

Obviously this was a zinger Jeb Bush had in his pocket for just the right moment, and he whipped it out masterfully.

Best Coinage of the Night

Cruz criticising Obama's "photo-op foreign policy."

Weakest zinger of the night

One of the most principled of the candidates, Senator Rand Paul, scored nicely citing the Constitution as limiting Donald Trump's proposed solutions to National security, but opened his own wrists during colloquy with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:

"...when we think about the judgment of someone who might want World War III, we might think about someone who might shut down a bridge because they don't like their friends."

The audience reproved Paul as well.

Assessment

Cruz probably had the strongest evening, while Bush finally got on his game... but what took him so long?

Very strong, arguably the strongest participant all evening, was Christie, but it probably doesn't matter... he simply hasn't been able to gain any traction. But boy, he is level-headed, believable and has the right experience.

Carly Fiorina had a good debate... especially given the limited exposure afforded her.

Senator Marco Rubio still looks good but was kinda steam-rolled by Cruz in several of their exchanges, though Rubio nailed Cruz on a lie on his immigration plan then (2010) and now (2015).

Rand Paul had a moment or two, but as Rod Steiger told Marlon Brando right before his big prize fight, "Kid, this ain't your night." This isn't his year, but I love the way he stands up for the Constitution.

Ben Carson, although not very dynamic, is a very bright individual... but he completely disappeared from view this evening. Unfortunately the fact that he was there will be marked by his butchering of the name Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

There was the so-called "undercard debate" earlier in the day, but I didn't watch it... isn't it time to thin the herd in a major way?

Comments

1. Barnbabe said...

I guess we watched the same debate – yes, Christie was dynamic and I hope he makes it through Iowa and New Hampshire – but I came away with different impressions about Carly. I'd love to see her on the GOP ticket, if not on the top then as V.P.

In the alternative, at least in a cabinet position, perhaps Secretary of State. Bright, savvy lady! Loved what she said about being called every variation of the "B" word.

Like'em both... especially their style and their smarts. If they're not on the final ticket, they'll both work for the nominee, and both would be good Cabinet members. Perhaps Christie as Secretary of Transportation just to stick it in Rand Paul's face!
– Dean

2. Jeanne Speir said...

Life imitating art: Has anybody noticed (in the Google News search photo) that Reince Priebus bears an uncanny resemblance to Kevin Spacey's "Frank Underwood" in "House of Cards?"

Somehow, I'd failed to make that connection.
Dean

3. Coach K said...

How about Carly doing a nice Lily Tomlin – "one ringy dingy thing" – from "Laugh In?"

Good for you... I didn't catch that one at all. Must've had my head in my laptop at the time.
Dean

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