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Fox News Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 28th January 2016 in Uncategorized

Without a doubt, this was the best debate.  It was nice to focus on the policy without the moderators making everything all about Trump.

Donald Trump – Turns out he was the big winner of the night.  Assuming that he maintains the support of 1/3rd of the people,   His followers are very loyal, so it is going to be hard for someone to take support away from him.  The big worry tonight was that Cruz would make use of Trump’s absence to demolish him.  Instead, Ted overplayed his hand and fell flat.  The only danger of the night resolved, Trump won.

Ted Cruz – He had a golden opportunity, and started off well.  But then he started complaining about how everyone was out to get him.  He came across as whiney and weak.  He attempted to turn it into a joke at Trump’s expense, and it fell flat.  This is very much like Jeb’s demand for Trump’s apology.  I don’t think it’s fatal, but it ruined what could have been a very good night.  He made a very good recovery on the immigration question.  He did a good job on ethanol in a state that makes a lot of money on ethanol.

Marco Rubio – Good showing for the Senator.  He came across as positive and earnest.  Rand savaged him early.  Rand is Rubio’s counterpoint.  Liberty vs Security.  And like all such discussions, it turns out that security is merely an illusion and falls apart when Liberty is talking.  He does a good job of trying to deny he supported amnesty considering how many clips show that he pretty much supports amnesty.  He is doing a good job of brining energy to his message.  That’s going to help him.

Ben Carson – Fantastic opening for Ben Carson.  He is speaking with a resolute tone of voice, and his message of Truth resonates as all messages of Truth does.  He gets so little screen time.  He gives great answers!  Loved his answer about 1 in 10 being a terrorist coming into your home.  Carson did a great job with the hardest question of the night regarding Putin invading Baltic states.  I think he had the most striking closing statement.

Jeb Bush – He is a statist.  He wants expanded war powers.  He also wants to bring Puerto Rico into the union, which is Krazi!  Why on Earth would we bring in an economic unpowered house full of crime?  He is chained to his past record, and that’s not a good record to be on.  I like how he dumps on Rubio on amnesty when he like amnesty.  Here’s the truth.  If you “give a path to citizenship,” the Democrats will attempt to “acceletrate the process.”  It will be a “one time thing” that will happen the NEXT time we have millions of “undocumented workers.”  If he thinks he would be Clinton, he is delusional.  Nothing would motivate Democrats more than running against Bush.

Rand Paul – He makes great arguments.  It is a shame that his presentation is so low-energy.  He did some great work regarding “criminal reform.”  He had a lot of good points.  He did a great job on the abortion question.  I do believe he is the only one that could balance the budget.

Chris Christie – It annoys me that he always sounds pretty good even though I believe that he is an imperial scumbag that would take a lot of vacations and have Bruce Springsteen to the White House.  Really good answer on Planned Parenthood.  That really gains him some ground.  I will say that he gets a bad rap on Bridge-gate.  He fired the people.  As such, I believe him.  This is the key principal difference between him and Obama with his scandals.

John Kasich – He seems to be speaking in platitudes tonight.  I think it’s because no one likes his plans.  Great…government equals charity…this is why I don’t like him.  Did Bret listen to Kasich at all on the Iran question?  Weird.  I mean…he is boring, but that is Bret’s only job, isn’t it?

Long Live the Constitution!

Republican Debate Fox Business

Posted by Troy on 10th November 2015 in Uncategorized

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

CNBC Republican Debate Results

Posted by Troy on 28th October 2015 in Current Events, Political

Hmmmm…I think I am going to go from biggest loser to biggest winner.

Biggest loser without a doubt tonight was the CNBC moderators.  Oooooouch.  After Ted Cruz destroyed them, it was open season.  Before he made those comments, I was thinking to myself about their tone and how disgusting the tactics and lines of questioning was.  In fairness, they allowed Ted to answer a question after he squandered his time, but even if they hadn’t, he still won with that response. After that, the candidates (and later on the audience) would hit them back when they thought the moderators were being unfair or just trying to start a fight.  I think they might need a strong drink tonight.

Bush NEEDED tonight.  He is stuck in 5th place after spending way more than anyone else.  I hate to break it to him, but that is as high as he is going to get.  The only people that like him are establishment types.  After Chris Christie and Kasich drop out, there are no more votes coming his way.  Basically, that’s not even enough to put him in contention with Trump or Carson.  It didn’t help that every attack he made on opponents got turned back on him in a crushing fashion.  His campaign is DEAD.

Kasich had a bad night too.  He has some good selling points, honestly.  But he came across as a hater.  He felt like ripping into the favorites (making himself more unlikable) and didn’t bother to really spell out how his solutions were better.  Basically, he called other people vague (or fantasy) while being vague about his own plans.

Huckabee made some good points and came across as likable.  He is also forgettable.  He didn’t get a lot of airtime, which also hurts him.  However, I believe he does these things for exposure for his talk show, so I don’t think he’s too broken up about it.

Rand Paul didn’t do what he needed to do.  God, it breaks my heart to say this.  If you listen to his ideas and what he says, he is 100% spot on.  I agree with him near perfectly, and that doesn’t happen too often.  However, he needed to break out.  He appeals to people that listen to ideas and really thinks about it.  He just doesn’t have the personality and showmanship to stand out in this crowd.  This is not to say he’s not a GREAT candidate or that he doesn’t have GREAT ideas, but this night was a bit of a loss.  However, he has a MOTIVATED group of loyalists, and I believe that he isn’t out.  He can actually run his campaign much cheaper than any of the others because his campaign depends upon motivated individuals.  I think he will stay where he is.  People supporting Paul are doing it on principles.

Now for the winners.

Chris Christie actually made himself seem likable and funny.  He wasn’t as mean and nasty this go around.  His pollsters had a talking to him.  He also made a lot of good points.  However, I still don’t trust the slimy bastard and think he is an authoritarian.  Still, I think he will get a bump as Bush supporters switch over to him.

Fiorina also won, I think.  She is constantly moving up and down.  She is someone you like more when you are listening to her, but then she fades when she is out of sight.  She is so sharp and measured. Really like her, and I think she did well.

Rubio did well.  He had a couple of tight spots, but he also have some good shots at Bush and was able to turn attacks against him back on the attackers.  Still there were a few moments when he had some trouble and sweated a little.  Good job on him pointing out the hypocrisy of the Benghazi coverage.

Cruz did something he really needed to do.  He made himself likable.  I’m not 100% percent behind Cruz.  I do think that he is a little more big government on some things (like the military) than I would like.  I prefer Paul who is a pure Constitutionalist.  However, Cruz is still strong on the Constitution, and he helped his weakest spot–his likability and him coming across as a robot.

Trump did well too.  You see, the thing about Trump is he refuses to be beaten.  He had a lot of trouble moments in the debate, and he just bashed it down with pure force of will.  You can talk about his stances and such, but I’m talking about who had the best night.  Trump did great because he stayed at the fore and never backed down.  As long as he never retreats and never apologizes, he will be first or second.  That’s just the way it is.  That’s all he really has to do.

Carson was the big winner.  He continues to learn and evolve into more and more of a Libertarian.  He is still so damn rational and calm and just damn likable.  If he wins the nomination, he is going to DESTROY Hillary.

LONG LIVE THE CONSTITUTION!