LIVEBLOG: First 2016 GOP Presidential Debate
No career-ending injuries in the happy hour debate, but no rockstar performances with the possible exception of Carly Fiorina, although her performance was not unusual for her. Note, I'm in a hotel lounge in Atlanta where several dozen people are eating and drinking, but almost nobody is watching the debate but me and a few Red State folks. We, and the candidates, should remember that most people don't give a flying rip about this stuff. A breakthrough candidate must find a way to connect with people like these...and clearly a policy debate is not doing it.
You could say that people don't care about our country, or that the politicians don't know how to connect with real people. But perhaps it's like when we go house shopping and my wife wants to look at every home we could possibly afford. I usually say, "Let me know when you've narrowed it down. No use me falling in love with a house that there's no chance we're going to get."