Fox Business really showed how it’s done. A great debate. Very well moderated. No theatrics. Very informative. A+ Fox Business. Can’t wait to see the Democratic debate on Fox Business. HA HA HA…
Okay, let’s do the same format as before.
From the biggest loser to the biggest winners:
John Kasich showed his true colors. He believes that government is the answer. Free enterprise is all well and good until things get rough, then it’s up to the government to step in and save the day. He’s toast.
Jeb Bush needed to shine, and he didn’t. He’s gone.
Carly Fiorina needed to shine and she didn’t. Also, Rand Paul took her to task over Russia in the Middle East and showed her up. She didn’t do bad, and I would love to see her debate Hillary Clinton, but she didn’t do anything to help herself. The fact that she lacks a magnetic personality also hurts her.
Donald Trump finally had someone slap him down. Rand Paul took him to task over the Asian trade agreement and embarrassed him. You can tell how bad it was by the way Trump did not lash back. He knew it was a mistake and wanted the moment to pass. It wasn’t a bad night overall for him, but it was a weaker performance that previous ones. However, no one up there understands marketing the way he does. He stays on message. Whenever he talks about the future, it is GLORIOUS! Vote for him, and America is going to be super awesome!!!! Seriously, an election is just marketing, and he understands marking better than anyone else out there. Do NOT count him out.
Ted Cruz had a solid performance with a couple of hiccups. Nothing major, but not perfect. He’s solid as a Constitutional hawk. He will be the candidate that wants Constitutional constraints domestically while still allowing for “flexibility” in using the military for foreign policy without declaration of war.
Marco Rubio was a big winner. He had a solid performance. He got owned by Rand Paul at one point. Still, he was a big winner because Bush and Kasich are losers. Rubio will be the establishment’s guy in the end. However, the establishment vote only represents 24% of the votes. This is less than Trump and on par with Carson. If I look at the remaining people, I don’t think they are going to go to Rubio. Rubio was a darling of the Tea Party. He got to Washington and sold out. Tea Party types assume that, once you do that, you will flip-flop whenever needed. The only way he wins the primary is if the Super-PACs manage to convince Republican voters that only a moderate Latino could beat Hillary, and that is going to be the unspoken messaging for him.
Carson was a winner because he maintained his calm persona. He spoke with such hope. He gave good answers. And he is just the most likable human being I’ve ever seen.
The biggest winner tonight was Rand Paul. He showed everyone up and proved he is the only one that really has an interest in fixing the budget (regardless of what Kasich says…anyone for bailouts is for national debt). He also did a great job advancing libertarianism and shaping the debate. He will not be moving up in the polls to the upper tiers, but he did a great job of showing why he is relevant and why libertarianism is relevant.
Long Live the Constitution