Debate: winners and losers
Jeb Bush: Saddens me to say it because I don’t want another Bush, especially not a pro-amnesty Bush, but he looks the most presidential of any of the candidates.
Chris Christie: He really slammed Paul and Huckabee. Especially Paul.
Ted Cruz: He portrayed himself as a real fighter for a conservative agenda. This doesn’t mean he has a chance of winning. He doesn’t have enough gravitas to win, but he did a lot better than I expected.
John Kasich: For a guy I never saw speak before, I was impressed that he looks more presidential than any of the other candidates except for Bush.
Scott Walker: He does not look like a president. He needs to get a real hair stylist for starters. Does his wife cut his hair? He’s in the big leagues now.
Rand Paul: He got slammed by Christie. Like a big fat man pummeling a tiny elf.
Mike Huckabee: He looks old and fat, and lost his exchange with Christie.
Marco Rubio: He didn’t do anything horrible, but given that he’s behind in the polls he needed a performance more exceptional than what he gave.
Ben Carson: Looks like he’s drunk or something. Even if the talking heads liked his closing statement, he didn’t show himself to be presidential.
Donald Trump: He was the most entertaining of all the debaters and had some really good lines. I love how he defended his record on bankruptcies and giving money to Democratic candidates. On the other hand, I don’t think he demonstrated that he looks presidential.
Among people who visit the Drudge Report and are motivated enough to respond to a poll (which does not necessarily correspond to a random sample of likely Republican primary voters), 38.5% think Trump won. Cruz is in second place with 15.89%. Bush is dead last with 2.54%.