After the debate
One needs to view the Drudge Poll in light of how it differs from the previous post-debate Drudge polls.
Evangelical Christians don’t read Drudge. Carson has taken the lead in the real polls even though he scored just as miserably in the Drudge polls in previous debates. I think Carson had his best debate yet, his supporters will support him even more strongly. He’s definitely winning Iowa and he’s going to be around for a long time. I don’t think he will win the nomination. The non-hardcore-evangelicals will rally around someone else as they usually do.
Trump had a bad night. Even though he leads in the Drudge poll, this is the first debate where less than half the respondents thought he won.
Cruz had a great night. He forcefully preached against amnesty for illegal aliens. He did a better job of being anti-immigrant than Trump. Thus his high support of 22.46% (as of right now) in the Drudge poll.
Rubio for some reason has 12.74% support. This means that Bush is toast. Time for Bush to withdraw. Bush comes in dead last in the Drudge poll. (If Rubio had been given a chance to talk about immigration, he probably would have supported amnesty and tanked his ratings among Drudge readers, but luckily for him he didn’t get that question. Rubio also benefited from a softball question about Hillary Clinton’s resume. Makes you wonder if there was a secret agenda by the people in charge of the debate to boost Rubio?)
Among liberal types in the media, Kasich no doubt scored a huge victory last night. He forcefully explained his pro-Amnesty only-sane-man-in-a-room-of-wingnuts view of conservatism. Kasich should have been the guy picked by the party elites and wealthy donors instead of Bush, but they were suckered into supporting Bush because of his last name. Their mistake will be a huge victory for the American people if Trump wins because of that mistake.
I suppose that Carly Fiorina is running for Vice President under the theory that someone else (such as Mark Rubio?) would be stupid enough to pick her because she’s a woman and Republicans need to show the world they are not misogynists. How did picking a woman for VP work out for Walter Mondale or John McCain? However, given Republican presidential nominees’ track record for making incredibly stupid choices in picking running mates, I guess she has a chance.
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Based on the debate, my support for Trump is stronger than ever. I was previously irked by Trump’s tax plan which is a huge tax cut for the rich, but compared to the insane tax plans proposed by candidates who aren’t Bush or Kasich, his tax plan seems quite reasonable in comparison. And as commenters have pointed out to me over the last month, Trump can’t change anything about the tax code without Congress passing a new law, but he can start deporting illegal immigrants the day he gets into office by simply enforcing the laws that already exist.
I also believe that Trump will have a foreign policy in which he won’t take crap from other countries, but at the same time won’t get involved in every civil war in the Middle East because it makes us feel morally righteous. Bush accused him of treating the world like a board game (because he supports letting Assad, Putin and ISIS fight among themselves), but that’s what it is. That’s how the world does work.