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Debate conclusion

The debate audience was, as Trump pointed out, biased in favor of Bush and Rubio because the tickets were handed out by the GOPe. I thought that Trump really slammed Bush on the eminent domain question but the audience booed him. I think that outside of the debate audience, Trump had a good debate.

Christie slammed Rubio and pointed out how everything he says is memorized thirty-second speeches. I’m glad that other people besides me see that in him. Rubio was stuck, tonight, on repeating the same 30-second speech about Obama.

Did Christie have a big enough night to get more votes than Rubio in the primaries on Tuesday? I don’t think so.

Bush had a horrible night. He’s out.

Kasich had a good debate, but I don’t think he made as big of a splash as Christie and I don’t think he did amazing enough to get more votes than Rubio in the primaries on Tuesday.

Cruz was Cruz. He’s a good debater.

Carson was Carson. He’s a horrible debater.

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Washington Post headline: Repeated attacks by Christie leave Rubio rattled

The Guardian headline: Rubio on repeat is ‘self-destructive’ as field opens back up

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I think that any momentum that Rubio had has been completely turned off by this debate. I still think he’s likely to win second place in the primary on Tuesday, but he lost a few percentage points because of this debate.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Kasich did well and maybe enough to get him into second place. Christie did a great job of destroying Marco but will not be in the top three. Ted Cruz as always had a solid performance. Trump did all he had to do. He is starting to act more presidential which is good – he is learning to not say more than is necessary.

    I did, however, want to hear his thoughts on women registering for the draft but they didn’t get to him. I can only hope that he opposes this madness. Drafting young girls into combat is utterly preposterous!


    February 6, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    • “Drafting young girls into combat is utterly preposterous!”

      Didn’t you get the memo?

      They’re not “young girls”. They’re Strong Independent Womyn Who Don’t Need a Man.

      Draft away, sez I.

      Robert the Wise

      February 7, 2016 at 1:03 am

      • Why?
        The army has a lot of support roles that women can do just fine, sometimes even better. No point in wasting able-bodied men on those roles.
        The Israeli army have a lot of young girls, usually in combat support roles.


        February 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

  2. Trump and Cruz and won the debate.

    Rubio confirmed what everyone suspected, that he’s a pretty boy with no brains. He’s done.

    Bush, Kasich, and Carson did OK but none of them were able to perform well enough to break into the 1st tier. Christie did a great job of taking down Rubio but he didn’t improve his own chances of winning.


    February 6, 2016 at 11:36 pm

  3. SNL just led off with a takedown of Ted Cruz. The actor who impersonated Cruz referred to himself a “nasty little weasel.” I enjoy the fact that SNL is mocking Cruz and not Trump. I really don’t want to see Cruz anymore. He’s so unattractive and disturbing.


    February 6, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    • Exhibit A for why women should never be allowed to vote.

      Robert the Wise

      February 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

      • There are other folk that shouldn’t be allowed to vote either.


        February 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

      • In the first election in Britain where women were allowed to vote, they installed a Conservative government. Labour was the men’s party.


        February 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

    • SNL is also being very hard on Bernie Sanders. I think they are controlled by a cabal of Hillary-loving feminists. I hate that show anyway. I only watched because I heard that Sanders was going to on in the first half hour.


      February 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    • Cruz seems like the male version of Hillary without the low rent spouse.


      February 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    • Cruz is totally unattractive and very disturbing.

      This guy roomed with him at Princeton.

      And he stole the Iowa caucus by lying about Carson dropping out. Rove approved. Ya like Rove? The cuck of all cucks?


      February 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  4. I am so horrified by Chris Christie’s obnoxious behavior that I’m ashamed for the state of New Jersey. Thank God Christie is going nowhere. Who would want to elect a schoolyard bully? I know that Rubio has a speech that he gives repeating the same talking points. But then Christie has the habit of talking about his record as Governor so much that you get the feeling he thinks the U.S. is simply New Jersey on a larger scale.

    I think that apart from that exchange with Christie, Rubio did well. He got a lot of time to talk, far more than in previous debates. He did better as the debate progressed. Cruz did well, And I think that dodging the question of whether Trump is qualified to be president was a good move. Saying that Trump is unqualified would have come across as judgmental. I also thought Jeb Bush did well Kasich does well any time he’s given a chance to speak, but he has a habit of tightening his jaw. It makes him look either nervous or elderly and frail. Trump isn’t bragging the way he used to, but he still keeps on acting arrogant. However, I have to admit that while telling Jeb to be quiet came across as rude, Jeb WAS interrupting him.


    February 6, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    • Christie is a very good debater. He was excellent in this debate, and he’s generally been pretty good in the previous debates. He’s a good debater because he’s aggressive, loud, and attacks often. He may be a VP choice for that reason. VPs are often chosen to be attack dogs and to play the bad cop role to the president’s good cop role.

      His obnoxious and bullying style which makes him a good debater also does kind of remind you of the stereotypical obnoxious guido bully from Jersey that you see in movies and TV. In mafia movies and shows there’s also always a fat mafia guy who’s fat like Christie and has the same body shape.

      I enjoy watching Christie debate, especially when he attacks like he attacked Rubio tonight. I can totally picture Christie pummelling Rubio to death with a baseball bat and dumping his body in the meadowlands.


      February 7, 2016 at 12:50 am

      • “I am so horrified by Chris Christie’s obnoxious behavior that I’m ashamed for the state of New Jersey.”

        It takes all kinds.

        “Thank God Christie is going nowhere. Who would want to elect a schoolyard bully?”

        Me. He would make a great VP. Kind of like a blustery salesman in chief. Ralph Kramden as VP. I like the idea.

        Also, when Rubio robotically talked about Obama changing America, I nearly threw up. As if Rubio would do any different? Trump changed the dynamic and now he’s trying to say, “Me too!” What a pissant.


        February 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

      • My comments about Christie have nothing to do with his ethnicity. I disagree about Christie’s debate skills. A good debater can do well without coming across as a bully. Christie may be able to, but he never exercises enough self-restraint to try this. And there are skeletons in his closet. This is why Romney didn’t pick him for Veep 4 years ago.

        And anyone who looks and listens to Christie talk’/debate and pictures him beating someone with a bat and dumping their body is engaging in crass stereotyping – pure and simple.


        February 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

      • “And anyone who looks and listens to Christie talk’/debate and pictures him beating someone with a bat and dumping their body is engaging in crass stereotyping – pure and simple.”

        It’s about Jersey, not his ethnicity. I don’t even know – or care – what his ethnic background is.


        February 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  5. I thought Trump and all the governors, including Bush, did well. Cruz and Carson did moderately well. Rubio did terribly.


    February 6, 2016 at 11:52 pm

  6. The Rubio exchange wasn’t great for him but when he said Obama knows exactly what he’s doing, he was right. Obama’s problem isn’t competence, it’s anti American ideology.


    February 7, 2016 at 12:12 am

    • The problem is that Rubio doesn’t really believe in it himself. Someone programmed him to say it and he repeated it over and over again like a robot.


      February 7, 2016 at 1:10 am

  7. I wondered after the Iowa Caucuses, who the heck votes for Boy Rubio. Then it hit me — Women. Women like Megyn Kelly. Boy Rubio is for Republican female voters (nearly all of them nice White ladies btw) what a boy band singer is for tweener girls.

    So Boy Rubio flailing and floundering in a debate won’t hurt him. He’s the Justin Bieber or One Direction of GOP candidates. And his female voters love him.

    At least as much for Amnesty and Open Borders. You don’t see Megyn Kelly worrying about that — its more cheap nannies and housekeepers, and the women are all round like a basketball. If the illegal aliens were all Maria Sharapova types, then you’d see a backlash. But blue collar and White collar men being obliterated by Open Borders?

    Thats a feature not a bug of Establishment politics and most White women like it fine. Or, they hate hate hate Beta White males. If you prefer.

    Boy Rubio will probably do quite well in NH — like boy bands he’s a plague upon our nation that we just can’t get rid of because too many women adore him.


    February 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

  8. Rubio was trounced tonight. He is so completely unlikeable I wonder who votes for him. He is like a used car salesman.

    I wonder why people don’t point out how short he is as he looks kinda funny being so short in the lineup of other candidates.

    Christy was the only winner tonight except for Kasich who was competent and presidential.


    February 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

  9. Twitter was all over Rubio’s “glitch”. E.g.:

    Dave Pinsen

    February 7, 2016 at 1:19 am

  10. NH establishment voters, do you think they will rally around Rubio as last weeks flavor of the months or do you think they will boost Kasich?

    The Estáblishment candidates control about half of the voters and nobody wants to waste a vote so they will all rally around somebody.

    I’m more omfortabe with Kasich than Rubio. at least Kasich is willing to lay out and defend his amnesty plan.


    February 7, 2016 at 2:20 am

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