What happens in Vegas……
Usually stays in Vegas especially if it’s carried on CNN. But there are always exceptions, and Trump mania and a very dissatisfied electorate changes things.
Last night was suppose to be the “thrilla in Manila”, the “cage match of the century” between Trump and Cruz, and the winner was:
RAND PAUL: The reality is the debate between Trump and Cruz never really materialized. And Rand Paul did a far better job of defending a true conservative view of foreign policy than Cruz did. He had one small slip up with his comment about Bridge-gate to Christie, but all in all, his answers were consistent and filled with amazing common sense. This was especially true in his remarks to Trump about censoring the internet. And second place goes to:
JEB? No I’m not becoming a neo-con, and spreading freedom across the globe while laudable is a bit of an Alice and Wonderland foreign policy, and admittedly after the other debates he had a low bar. But Jeb was consistent and defended his world view concisely and handled Trump about as well as anyone has in a debate. I still think it’s too little to late, but Jeb was the most “presidential” person on that stage,
CRUZ-RUBIO The third place tie. This was the lower card but proved to be the real debate. In some ways I think this was the worse performance for either one. Both seemed to be off their games. Rubio scored points as he always does for being well versed, but his answers on immigration seemed weak. Cruz on the other hand did not give near as quality a defense of protecting civil rights while fighting the war on Islamic radicalism as Paul did.
CHRISTIE: Fourth place, Christie is the best politician in the race on either side. And he brings a unique political style, kind of the toughie with a soft inside. But it appears to be wearing thin, and sounds more cliched in every debate. He’s running to be the establishment replacement for Bush against Trump. But the reality is that spot is already taken by Rubio. OTOH, I’d love to see him kicking butt and taking names as an Attorney General to clean up the cesspool in DC.
FIORINO: The Republican equivalent of Al Gore. Smart-Boring. She isn’t running for President, but she is running for VP, and she is perhaps the second most well versed candidate on the platform. I hope the nominee has the common sense to chose her. She fails the PJ O’Rourke test though, best candidate to have a beer with. It’s hard to like her, she says the right stuff, but says it like a scolding Jr. High teacher.
KASICH: This was his best performance since the first debate. But he appears to me to be almost as much a lose cannon as Trump. He held back a bit this time. But he really doesn’t bring anything to the table that Rubio-Bush-and Christie bring, and he has less name recognition.
TRUMP: For all of his foibles, and I’m no fan, he is doing some brilliant stuff in this campaign. At his campaign stops and on some interviews when only political junkies or true believers tune in he is the bombastic equivalent of Dr Strangeglove. But in the last two debates when tens of millions are watching he’s been the mellow uncle on the middle of the platform. Millions who haven’t followed tune in and he’s the reasonable guy on the stage. Although his defense for killing the terrorists “women and children” was lame. There is no doubt in my mind he appeals to the low information voter especially the ones who voted for Obama twice. I wonder how many of them will pull the lever in a Republican primary.
CARSON: I have nothing but respect for the guy, and I thought he answered intelligently and with a grasp of the issues on foreign policy last night except for the first question where he complained about the time he’s gotten in the debates (a valid point) and then took a pass on a question. I cringed on that one. He has the best health care plan of anyone, and against Hillary or Sanders he would make an infinitely better President. He also may have the most personal integrity of any of the candidates, something that is sorely lacking in Hillary or our current President. But in this field, he’s an also ran. I’d love to see him in the Senate though. He’d be a breath of fresh air in the chamber of wind bags.