Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate
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.
See you tomorrow.
Wanted: A mashup of Trump's "Bomb bomb bomb" and McCain's "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran"— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) January 15, 2016
Ah -- closing statements.
So it's over at long last.
More in a moment.
That was a broadside and substantive that demanded a stronger response from Cruz. He didn't deliver one.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) January 15, 2016
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?
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.