Drunkblogging CNN's GOP Debate
Closing statement, which is MEGO city for those of us who watch this stuff every day.
The bad: Too many candidates by half. There should have been five, top, on stage. Too long, by an hour. Probably a result of there being too many candidates, but also of CNN and the candidates wanting to milk these things for all they're worth.
The good: This was a serious and substantive debate, well-hosted by Wolf Blitzer and by his co-moderators. More like this, please -- but 60 minutes and four candidates shorter next time.
If you had a favorite candidate going in, they probably reinforced why they were your favorite. If there's an exception to that, it might be Donald Trump who again exposed his ignorance on two basic-but-vital issues (internet intel and nuclear weapons) and showed no desire to fill in those gaps in his knowledge. He also threw a temper tantrum against the otherwise feckless Jeb Bush.
On the other hand, reading Trump supporters isn't easy, so maybe they got more of what they wanted.
Next time edits need to be made. Kasich, Paul, Christie, and Fiorina need to be dropped from the main stage. Jeb gets a pass, but only because he has (for now) enough money and (barely) strong enough polls to get through NH and maybe SC, too.
As someone who doesn't (and likely won't) support a candidate other than the eventual nominee, tonight was a welcome change from the usual shouting matches. Or at least mostly so. In the end, viewers got a better feel for all the contenders, and CNN's crew gets a lot of credit for that.
More like this, please -- except for the parts we need less of.
Cruz has a nice little three-step parlor trick:
• Criticize the other candidates' positions
• Remind everyone any of them would be better than Queen Cacklepants
• Restate his original position in contrast to the other candidates
Trump got busted a month or so ago for not understanding our nuclear triad.
Since then, he has apparently done ZERO homework on our deterrent.
Dangerously unserious on our most dangerous weapons.
The oddest dynamic in this debate is no Trump-Cruz interaction. Letting others fight as proxies for them— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) December 16, 2015
Everybody has the wrong answer on North Korea.
The correct answer is: "We're selling air and anti-air assets to EVERYbody around North Korea and around China, and telling Beijing that the Norks are their damn problem."
Wolf says "we are only just beginning" after two hours of this and a part of my soul shriveled like a salted snail.— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) December 16, 2015
Christie just laid down the best case yet against allowing in Syrian refugees, without all the Trumpisms and backtracking.
Tepid response to Trump's wall line. Interesting.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 16, 2015
I was busy typing and missed the audience response. Anyone want to chime in with Rick on this one?
Carson reports from his Syria trip that Syrian refugees want to go back home to Syria.
But there's a catch, isn't there? It's that there isn't a Syria anymore, and there likely never will be again, not like it was before 2011.