Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate

Back in 1988, the Democratic presidential contenders were known as "The Seven Dwarves," for the lack of big names (cough, Cuomo, cough) running that year.

This GOP race has been going on for approximately a week longer than ever, and it's taken this long to winnow the Main Event debate stage down to seven.

And if the latest polls are to be believed, six of them look like dwarves next to Donald Trump.

So grab a drink, take a seat, and let's get ready to ruuuuuuummmmmmmmmbbbbbbbble.

Trump was Trump: Uneven on the issues but connecting with his people.

Cruz was both Cruz and non-Cruz: He was sometimes Reaganesque and hitting it out of the park, sometimes bunting and missing anyway.

Rubio was over-caffeinated.

Everybody else -- if anybody else matters at this point -- played to type for good and ill.

Fox Business did a better job this time, at least rated on the Modern Not-Really-A-Debate Curve. Last time FB hosted a debate, I was shocked at how often they used Dem talking points to frame their questions. There was much less of that tonight.

My big disappointment? Two of them.

There are still too many people on the stage, and I was really, really hoping for some good Bernie burns.

But I supposed that can wait until he draws first and second blood on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Just the thought of that calls for a drink.

Cheers!

See you tomorrow.

Ah -- closing statements.

So it's over at long last.

More in a moment.

He didn't, it's true.

Now Jeb is pinning the blame for Washington's problems on Rubio and Cruz.

Is that sad and desperate or desperate and sad?

And now it's Cruz v Rubio...

Yeah, Cruz is weak on flip-flopping.

He's weak on pandering, too, but that's pretty much a universal in politics.

Rubio on immigration: "This issue has to be now... about keeping America safe."

Does anyone believe Rubio's debate judo here?

Exactly as I feared.

I understand Christie might have at some point been a US attorney.

There was some small disruption from the crowd, but I couldn't tell what they were chanting.