Liveblogging the debate
Debate starts at 9 PM EST, stay tuned.
I put on Fox News, and there’s a happy hour debate for candidates who don’t have enough polling strength to be invited to the real debate. What a bunch of losers.
Lindsey Graham is the most boring speaker I’ve ever seen. Why does he think he can be president?
My last comment on the happy hour debate is that George Pataki, who was pro-choice when he ran for governor of New York, sounded like a hard-core pro-life guy in the debate. Pataki apparently believes that you can’t win the nomination without being pro-life, so now he’s hard-core pro-life while technically not being a flip-flopper because he says that Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for more than 40 years and it’s not going to be overturned.
Like all of the participants in this happy hour debate, I don’t understand why he thinks he has any chance at all of winning the nomination.
Trump: Trump has the biggest potential to “win” this debate because the mainstream media has low expectations for him. The danger for Trump is that they will try to sandbag him with some obscure foreign policy question that he’s clueless about. Trump will need to rely on his exceptional bullshitting skills to escape being damaged by such a question.
Bush: The candidate most likely to make a bad gaffe is not Trump, but Bush.
Walker: He’s a good guy, but he lacks the charisma of candidates like Trump, Christie, and Huckabee.
Huckabee: I predict that he will do very well because of his experience as a Fox News political commentator. He could move up to second place if Bush makes a gaffe and Walker is perceived as being extraordinarily boring.
Christie: Christie rose to prominence in New Jersey because of his great debating and speaking skills. But he’s far behind in the polls and will need to hit a home run.
Rand Paul: Why is this guy running? He has no chance. He has his core of support but has no potential to ever get a majority of primary voters to vote for him.
Kasich: Um, who the heck is Kasich anyway?
The three black and Hispanic candidates: Carson, Cruz, Rubio: Who’d have thought that 30% of the candidates would be black or Hispanic?
The debate is “moments” away. Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s finally happening.
That’s a huge venue. But the audio sucks, there’s an echo.
Jeb Bush is tall. Huckabee gained a lot of weight since 2008. He looks fat.
John Kasich is too goofy looking to ever win the nomination. No gravitas there based just on his looks.
Boo, they are putting Trump on the spot right away. He doesn’t pledge to support the nominee if it’s other than him.
Rand is attacking Trump.
Carson seems like a nice guy, but he looks nervous, and looking nervous never wins a debate.
Rubio has HUGE ears. He’s good looking, except for those Dumbo ears. He’s speaking too quickly.
They are attacking Trump again, making him out to be a misogynist.
Trump fight back by attacking political correctness.
Cruz’ chin looks like it’s all swollen or something.
Walker is attacked on having a crazy extreme anti-abortion position.
And Huckabee goes hard against abortion.
Kasich sounds pretty sane. He supported the Medicaid expansions in his state.
Jeb Bush supports amnesty for illegals. Yuck.
Trump says the leaders of the United States are “stupid” because they let Mexico send us their criminals.
Cruz sounds good on immigration. Too bad he’s too ugly to win the nomination.
Christie scores a huge takedown of Paul!!! Score!!!!
Just watched the ad for the Steve Jobs movie. That looks really awesome.
Scott Walker has a really weird haircut. And they make fun of Donald for that, but Walker has even weirder hair than Trump.
Christie wins the exchange with Huckabee about Social Security.
Trump had a GREAT answer when they asked him about his companies’ bankruptcies.
Huckabee had his first strong moment of the night attacking the Obama Iran deal.
Kasich does great on the gay marriage question. A+
Cruz really knows his foreign policy.