it started out with Carly Fiorina punting the first question. It was followed by The Donald telling the world Rand Paul didn’t deserve to be on the same stage as them. And the gloves came off. Paul, came back with the answer that he didn’t want to have Trump with his finger on the nuclear codes…calling him sophmoric.
The first few questions were all about whether Trump was qualified, whether he was trustworthy, and Trump played Trump to the hilt. Personally, Trump was quick to discount everybody on the stage and build himself up. The problem with that was that Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and the rest were ready to fight back.
Chris Christie’s message was turned out to the audience. Everything was about the other people…not himself. I thought that was a positive. Ben Carson meanwhile, talked about the direction of the country going backwards and his concern for kids. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush sounded like a politician…and in this day and age, I don’t know if that is going to play well. He did hit Trump a few times, which he didn’t need to do. Meanwhile, it was all about Trump for The Donald.
The one thing that Trump did was that he answered in glittering generalities, but nothing in specifics. When it came to foreign policy specifics, I was impressed with Carly Fiorina. She was very clear and concise with her answer and it made a difference.
On the Iranian deal, John Kasich stepped in it big time saying that if Iran cheats, we’ll just slap the sanctions back on them. How naive can you get! Ted Cruz was on top of this topic and made a lot of points on this topic. I gave Mike Huckabee a shake of my head on his Kentucky clerk answer…because, when the Supreme Court says something is law, you either have to accept it, or you have to forget the fact that they are to determine whether something is legal or not. You may not like it, but it IS the law of the land. Huckabee was wrong on the whole because even though the Supreme Court screwed up…as they’ve screwed up in Roe v. Wade, and as Democrats think they screwed up in Citizens United, they made it the law of the land.
Carly Fiorina was impressive and solid throughout the debate. She proved to the world that she belonged with the big boys. I think overall, she should grow in the polls because of her performance.
My overall take: Carly Fiorina probably did as well as anyone. Bush was better than the first debate, whether he won, I don’t think so. Trump was Trump, but I thought he was weak overall and not specific. John Kasich was forceful, but I think it was too little too late. Scott Walker was better than the first debate, but not great. I thought Mike Huckabee was a non-entity, and Ben Carson played well with everyone. He won’t go down the tubes…but I don’t think he’ll gain either. Rand Paul was a statue. Chris Christie wasn’t really a factor, though I liked his answers. Marco Rubio was solid, but will it be enough? Ted Cruz was better this time as well. Overall winner? Carly Fiorina. Big loser? I have to say Trump. He really didn’t give any specifics and spent most of his time either bashing the others, or trying to explain why he bashed others. One of the biggest applause lines of the night was when Carly Fiorina hit Trump squarely between the eyes over the “face comment”.
Will it matter? Let’s wait a week and see, shall we?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!