Sorry friends, had a long day that started early. But I did want to get a few thoughts down tonight before I go to bed.
First, the debate last night was a three ring circus--the moderators were immoderate, and the candidates were swinging for the fences at the chance to knock the liberal media. Clearly, the clowns from CNBC deserved it (who watches this channel?) But just as clearly, we need to understand that this is the playing field we (conservatives) have to negotiate. The media is liberal, and they are going to pull crap like this.
BUT--we don't have to enable it. I put most of the blame for last night squarely on the Republican National Committee. It strikes me as ludicrous to think that we couldn't hold our own, Party sponsored debates with moderators that we select. The TV stations would crawl over broken glass to show them. Instead, we allow clowns from NBC to pull the crap they pulled last night.
Second, I want debates to happen without audiences. Although my boy (Marco Rubio--donate today!) seems to get a lot of audience love--I just find the cheering (and jeering) to be unseemly. Additionally, I have a few new rules I'd like to see implemented:
1. Moderators ask a question. Then they must remain silent for the next 90 seconds while the respondent answers.
2. Respondent has 90 seconds to answer. At the end of the 90 seconds, the microphone goes dead.
3. If the respondent mentions anyone else on stage by name or strong inference, those candidates get 60 seconds of followup. Again, microphones go dead at the end of time.
Lets face it friends, Marco won the debate. Again.
Ted Cruz did wonderfully also. As did Chris Christie. He who shall not be named was quiet, but body slammed Kasich when he went on the attack.
Ben Carson was his usual smooth self--but he was not telling the truth on the supplement company he represented. We'll see if this bites at him.
Carly did fine, but not great.
Rand was flat.
Jeb was a disaster.
Huckabee does not belong there.