Debate remarks: Fox News moderator, Trumps “middle finger”, Political Correctness, etc.

Debate wrap up:

Fireworks: Trump vs. Kelly

Christie vs. Paul

I disagree with this New York Times assessment. Bush did well by not screwing up and Trump did well by giving the “middle finger” to the “establishment” and to “political correctness”. Trump actually showed some political savvy. It was up to the other candidates to shine.

Kasich: maybe came across as “sensible” but this debate was really more for the GOP base. Cruz did nothing to distinguish himself. Carson was terrible, and Huckabee appeared to be interviewing for “first minister” I’d say that Rubio and Fiorina (first debate) helped themselves the most whereas Bush and Trump (and perhaps Walker) “held serve”.

Here is what struck me as odd: in previous elections, the debate seemed to be about the “establishment candidate” with some “fringe candidate” attempting to break out. Here, this debate was more centered on the fringe candidate (Trump) vs. “which one will be the not-Trump”; the fringe appears to be in control.

And notice that no one on stage paid any attention to Bernie Sanders at all, save one remark by Jindal in the JV session.

The Fox News moderators did frame the debate via current Republican orthodoxy. There wasn’t quite as much “Reagan worship” as there had been in past GOP debates (time marches on?), Benghazi wasn’t repeatedly brought up and the “repeal Obamacare” stuff appeared to be half-hearted.

I’ll talk about Trump’s attack on “political correctness” at a later time; I do think that is an issue.


August 7, 2015 - Posted by | politics, republicans, republicans political/social | ,

1 Comment »

  1. My daughter DVR’d the debates and watched them at our house with her friends until after midnight last night. It was both annoying (as I needed to get some sleep and they kept yelling at the TV) and heartening, in that they are all 19-21, and I love to see them caring about politics. I was doing trail work (literally, shoveling mud off a trail), but read your facebook comments and feel like i have a good idea how the debate went. I probably won’t bother with the JV debate, but will find time this weekend to listen to the prime time. I kind of like listening to debates better than watching them. I feel like I pay better attention to content when I listen, rather than view.

    Comment by jenjw4 | August 7, 2015 | Reply

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