I watched that ugly debate so you didn’t have to, and …

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I watched, so you didn’t have to. And most of what you’re hearing about last night’s debate is true.

Jeb Bush, needing to impress, did the opposite. He looked like I would look like if, at age 59 and out of practice, I walked into a street basketball game. He was tentative, two steps too slow, flat-footed and a bit befuddled out there. By the end of the night, no one would throw him the ball.  And when he tried to take on Marco Rubio, he got posterized.

Rubio proved the star of the night, polished and adept. Ted Cruz showed ability as well. Sure, his tirade against the media was pre-planned and predictable — bashing the media at a GOP debate, oooh, risky! — but it’s necessary to acknowledge that CNBC, with its clumsy questioning and lack of control, had set him up for it perfectly. And while Chris Christie did well, his campaign isn’t going to catch fire if you took a flamethrower to it.

The appeal of Ben Carson has always been a mystery to me, so when I tell you that he again came across as someone whose entire schtick is reciting the contents of Hallmark greeting cards, maybe that’s what his fans like. And yes, based on his debate performances, the air is slowly leaking from the hot air balloon that is Donald Trump. He was both boring and bored, neither of which bodes well for his political future.

That’s what I saw.

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Juanx
Juanx

Didn't watch on purpose, decided to wait for the insulting reaction from Herman Cain AND Rush Limbaugh on Thursday. What a bruising! The mainstream media was indicted for any and all questions that were not asked in the manner of FOX News. Questions that support the GOP bases positions they want want addressed, how would they--repeal Obama Care, shut down the government, defund PP, deport all Latinos, etc. And, the questioning was in support of SOS Clinton to be elected POTUS. What a day!

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

"...CNBC, with its clumsy questioning and lack of control,..."

CNBC is second to none in the realm of business news broadcasting, which made their Bush league performance last night all the more surprising. Hopefully they learned from the experience and will henceforth stick to their knitting. 

Stan_Dup
Stan_Dup

@stogiefogey Not completely surprising. Thinking that one can transfer success as a financial reporter to a political forum is kind of like believing a brain surgeon has what it takes to run a county and lead the world.

gotalife
gotalife

We need a pee test, school grades, long form birth certificate and proof they are Christians and not Muslim. Now..

fedup52
fedup52

Lindsey Graham's SAT score was 800 out of 1600.  He bragged about it.

Where are the transcripts of the 14 other clown?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@fedup52 His support from the R side should tell you how much we care about him, his policies, and his grades.  

bu2
bu2

@fedup52

I can't believe he played the date/marry/kill game given Sarah, Carly and Hillary.


He must be trying to out-Trump Trump

jellyphish
jellyphish

@fedup52 He was probably a better student than obama, who is so ashamed of his academic record that he refuses to make it public.  You are aware of this, no?

DeborahinAthens
DeborahinAthens

@jellyphish You don't become editor of the Law Review if you are stupid.

fedup52
fedup52

Republican presidential candidates turned fire on the media on Wednesday as their economic policies were put under the spotlight in an acrimonious but revealing presidential debate in Colorado.

From Lindsey Graham’s bold hand gestures to Jeb Bush offering his ‘warm kiss’, here are some quick highlights from the third GOP debate. Tough questioning from CNBC moderators, who pressed the candidates over the viability of their tax plans, prompted Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and others to unite against the television network, attacking them for bias.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/28/republican-debate-cnbc-media-economic-policy

++++

Can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

gotalife
gotalife

How dare they ask the gop tough questions.


Too weak for President.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

kill the messenger in 3, 2, 1 . . .


http://www.vox.com/2015/10/28/9633420/ted-cruz-republican-debate


Cruz's attack on the moderators was smart politics — but it was almost precisely backwards. The questions in the CNBC debate, though relentlessly tough, were easily the most substantive of the debates so far. And the problem for Republicans is that substantive questions about their policy proposals end up sounding like hostile attacks — but that's because the policy proposals are ridiculous, not because the questions are actually unfair.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@kitty72 @consumedconsumer Have you heard a single word Bernie or Hillary has said yet?  Hillary's plan to get Jeb nominated is going down in flames and she is very scared.

Did you notice how Jay lead off with how Jeb did?  Still trying his best to carry the water for her sinking ship.

kitty72
kitty72

@consumedconsumer 


In the presidential debates, the contrast between the Dem candidate either Hillary or Bernie and the GOP clown will be obvious. Those should be amusing. The sputtering by the GOPer will be telling...Mom, make him stop hitting me. LOL

bu2
bu2

@consumedconsumer

Are you a clown?  Why are you behind in the polls?....


I'm guessing you didn't actually watch the debate.  Nor the 5 clowns who liked what you said.

fedup52
fedup52

Conservative Turks are now protesting against Erdogan, too – things must be bad

Off topic

Hope that AKP party get beat bad on Sunday.

gotalife
gotalife

Hillary said she watched the debate that did not address what the people talk to her about and you would be better off watching the World Series..

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife Ted Cruz says,"What?".

That's been covered.  Good thing she agrees those lib moderators $ucked.

I would love to see her get asked about fantasy football.  "I love soccer.  It's an international sport..."

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

 Nope, just obfuscating from the issue at hand with the Clinton's problems. 

The subject at hand was prominent political families and their daughters. Perhaps you would care to expound on Chelsea's lack of legal woes as opposed to Jenna Bush and Bristol Palin?

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Kamchak @td1234 Underage drinking in college Oh noes... Nobody ever did that.  So what else has Jenna done in the last 15 years?

What has Bristol ever done except had a kid with an idiot?  Guess I missed the criminal history part...

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"There's demonstrable 'truthful' and there's imaginary 'truthful'."


I guess that depends what the definition of "is" is.......


Geez....

kitty72
kitty72

@fiftythreepercenter 


Apparently that is the definitions of truthful for the "family values" party. I notice you guys keep ignoring my comments on that. Telling...hypocrites.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@kitty72 

The Newterator luvs him some family values so much that he started three different ones. Never mind that he plonked two future Mrs. Newterators while he was married to the current ones.

gotalife
gotalife

Good riddance to the failed speaker.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@Doggone_GA @gotalife

LOL. The crazies first have to have a faux Ryan love fest. Then they'll start stabbing him. I give it 6 weeks.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

 GWB or Palin is not running for office this year...

I never claimed they were, sport.

Just remindin'.

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak Nope, just obfuscating from the issue at hand with the Clinton's problems. 

td1234
td1234

@kitty72 If you believe they lied then do not vote for them. I will not be voting for either in the primary. 

kitty72
kitty72

@td1234 @Kamchak 


I notice you keep avoiding commenting on Carson and Fiorina's lies and how they contrast with your "family values". Telling that. Hypocrisy at work.