Last night’s debate in New Hampshire, was more than anyone expected. Real pressure was on as this was the first debate to precede a direct primary vote, as opposed to the Iowa ‘party meeting’ method.
Gov. John Kasich was his usual rambling self, though he looked sober for once.
Jeb Bush, succeeded in making a total ass out of himself, trying to attack Trump over eminent domain; a tool of government, not developers or real estate moguls. As Governor of Florida, you can bet Jeb used it too.
For every one time it was used for private sector interests, you can find a hundred where it was used for over-expensive government boondoggles. One need look no further than California’s failed light rail project to see that.
Ted Cruz very handily put moderator Martha Raddatz in her place on that North Korea question. Raddatz is not privy to intelligence briefings and for her to act like she knows more than the viewers or audience does, is yet another display of the arrogance generating so much hatred for news media in America.
Cruz did have two missteps which may cost him. Firstly, Cruz should not have apologized to Dr. Ben Carson for being competitive. Carson doesn’t seem to understand that politics, is not ‘bean-bag’. There’s a time to play ‘boy scout’ and times where you have to be, ‘J.R. Ewing’.
Secondly, Cruz’s answer about waterboarding was just wrong. Waterboarding causes absolutely ZERO physical or psychological damage. And if it did, who cares? It works. And, the monsters it was used on would not pause & reflect before slitting the throats of the very people whining about waterboarding.
Aside from those two issues however, Cruz had a good night. Only Trump had a better one.
Marco Rubio choked. The New Hope found himself repeating as Christ Christie said, a 25 second rehearsed speech. I will say though, that what Rubio said again, and again, and again, was spot on the money.
Pres. Obama does hate America as founded and has spent his entire tenure destroying as much of this country’s economic and military power as he can.
That said, the GOP Establishment took the wrong conclusion from Iowa. They believed Rubio was on the rise. He is not. He was simply the baby RINO that floated to shore in Iowa, after a great flood of GOP voter revolt drown the RINO herd.
If he did get any ‘bump’ from Iowa, he lost it at the hand of Gov. Chris Christie, whose only mission last night seemed to be acting channeling Luca Brasi as he verbally ‘knee-capped’ Rubio. And, he succeeded. My only question is who is the Don Corleone he did it for, Trump, Cruz, or Barbara Bush. ;-)
Donald Trump had the best night of all. He looked like the adult on a stage full of children and ‘crazy uncle’ Kasich. However, the absolute best moment for Trump, was when he called out that stacked audience for who and what they were; money donors and political hacks of the Republican Party.
The people of New Hampshire were barely represented at all in that audience. And, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus together with Karl Rove and the Bush campaign, have been stacking all the GOP debate audiences.
Trump calling foul on their booing, and then telling millions of viewers the truth as to why they were, was a reverse angle on the 1980 New Hampshire GOP debate when candidate Ronald Reagan was being talked over by a moderator who threatened to turn Reagan’s mic off, which Reagan himself had paid for.
What Trump did, was accurately called out the booing and hissing audience for the RINO political pimps and paymasters who bought and paid for Jeb Bush’s microphone, that they indeed were.