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GOP Debate!

Watch it on CNN, starting at 8:30 PM EST. It will be available for free, online.

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 10, 2016 at 2:38 pm

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  1. I really hope Trump doesn’t lay another egg tonight or flip-flop on another issue again.

    Andrew E.

    March 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  2. It’s amazing how the GOP goes along with this media circus designed specifically to destroy them one by one. Trump figured out a way to rise above the noise, and he took them by surprise, but now they are centering all guns on him. At some point he’d be better off just not going any more and saying “I’ve done enough debating.”

    peterike

    March 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    • “It’s amazing how the GOP goes along with this media circus designed specifically to destroy them one by one.”

      I’ve been amazed by that myself. After the disaster the debates were for the Republicans in 2012, Reince Priebus said we’re going to fix things…and we get the exact same rerun of 2012. Of course, after losing the 2012 election, I don’t understand how Priebus wasn’t fired.

      Mike Street Station

      March 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      • “Of course, after losing the 2012 election, I don’t understand how Priebus wasn’t fired.”

        I’m absolutely convinced that blackmail and extortion are rife in DC. He’s got the goods, he keeps his job.

        gothamette

        March 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  3. Mr Trump’s candidacy has created a huge amount of interest from the voting public. People who would not ordinarily vote have voted, and many thousands of people have been induced to get off their sofas, turn off the TV, and attend his rallies. Voting figures have soared and attendances have been record breaking. Normally this unprecedented level of interest and enthusiasm for politics and current affairs amongst the normally apathetic general public would be lauded by the media and the Establishment politicians as an unalloyed good thing, but somehow because it is Mr Trump and his opinions are politically “problematic” all this “democracy in action” is a terrible thing.

    But what an abject embarrassment and humiliation for the Establishment class and their media lackeys, to be exposed as the utter frauds and hypocrites they are by the Trumphenomenon..

    martin_2

    March 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    • has anyone analyzed what percentage of the surplus voters are voting for Trump vs against him?

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  4. I think I’ve seen enough Republican debates.

    chairman

    March 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    • Okay, I’m watching it anyway. Trump and Cruz actually don’t know what common core is do they? Well, Cruz probably does, he’s just putting on an act because he knows what his base wants to hear.

      Seems I missed a lot of the visa stuff, but I caught Trump saying we should END the H-1B program? If I heard right, that’s great!

      chairman

      March 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

  5. why the hell is the american election so drawn out? why the need for fifty debates and a two year marathon for the presidency? why can’t this all jsut be done and udsted in about 2 months max (not only the primary but the elections period?)

    these debates are so boring and pointless.

    james n.s.w

    March 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    • In theory, it’s supposed to be a grueling 18 month Bataan Death March in which only the strongest would survive. However I’m not sure I’m going to survive it.

      Mike Street Station

      March 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    • @James,

      Last donor standing. Get my drift?

      gothamette

      March 10, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  6. I hate to say it, but most of the criticism of Trump seems valid. I think his appeal, from a conservative point of view, is superficial. Obviously politicians tend to be narcissistic, but most have at least been trained in the conventions of U.S. politics. When they fail to uphold these conventions frequently or badly enough, they typically pay for it. Trump is immune to that sort of thing because his appeal is tied up in the fact that he hasn’t had that grooming. But voting for Trump to spite the establishment is essentially trying to combat narcissism with even greater narcissism.

    I’m old enough to have been introduced to Trump in the late ’80s-early ’90s, when he was the subject of many of Letterman’s jokes. The man was—and still basically is—a joke.

    Yes, he’s rich, and in some sense has been successful in business. That doesn’t mean a lot to me. I know a lot of people who’ve acquired lots of money on luck alone. If you start with a large enough initial investment, you can make a fortune with just a handful of good choices. I know people who’ve done it. They’re not geniuses. They’re not gifted with good judgment. They just hit the right circumstances. Trump gives me the impression that he’s one of those types. He fits an increasingly-popular profile that I call the “compelling oaf”. Billy Fuccillo (who shares the trademark “YUUUGE!”) is a compelling oaf. So is John Madden. For some reason, these guys are very persuasive to the IQ100 set. Of course, you can find examples of the compelling oaf throughout history, but they’re all the rage in recent decades. The popularity of the compelling oaf archetype has definitely contributed to Trump’s appeal.

    What percentage of Trump’s voters are:

    -conservatives who vote for him with earnest wishes that he accomplish what he says he will
    -idiots who will vote for any celebrity
    -people who simply like his lack of decorum
    -pranksters who wish to speed along the demise of the U.S.

    ?

    beets

    March 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    • who cares?
      When I think of America, I think of Trump. Trump is the true american essence.

      Btw, I am a hillary supporter. But if Bernie wins the primary, I am voting Trump !!

      wt

      March 10, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    • “’I’m old enough to have been introduced to Trump in the late ’80s-early ’90s, when he was the subject of many of Letterman’s jokes. The man was—and still basically is—a joke. ”

      We are probably the same age.

      https://pando.com/2015/07/23/short-fingered-vulgarian-cometh/

      Ed

      March 10, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    • “What percentage of Trump’s voters are:

      -pranksters who wish to speed along the demise of the U.S.”

      It’s hard to see how Trump would accelerate the demise faster than the Democrats. And the Republicans aren’t much better.

      Both parties have failed to address the issues of immigration, trade, economic stagnation, automation, etc. Plus health care and foreign policy have to be dealt with as well.

      Lewis Medlock

      March 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

      • “Both parties have failed to address the issues of immigration, trade, economic stagnation, automation, etc. Plus health care and foreign policy have to be dealt with as well.”

        Failed to address…yes. But substantively they’ve both taken a shiv to the body politic and stabbed and stabbed.

        gothamette

        March 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  7. trump is saying all the right things this debate beets and all you can do is whinge.

    james n.s.w

    March 10, 2016 at 9:28 pm

  8. Trump doesn’t seem to realize how far he could go with legal immigration. Like those H1Bs he referred to, the issue is right there, ready to be exploited. The liberal media would even let him do it. All that talk about Mexican rapists would immediately be forgiven. And this Trump character, to them, would finally make sense. Oh, it’s economic.

    He’s got an out and won’t fully exploit it. Argh! The other candidates get it though and are once again out tough talking Trump on immigration — this time legal! Even Kasich said it had to get under control. LOL. Trump did open the window more for us though.

    Dave

    March 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  9. For those who want to let people put some of social security into private accounts , why don’t they just open a 401k govt account for each person and just have it in a lifecycle fund that Vanguard has. They won’t be able to touch it until they retire at say 59, but they also won’t have to decide what to invest in.

    One reason might be that the govt uses the ss money to fund itself I think.

    If they believe in the stock market so much,the govt could even guarantee a rate of return when you retire for those who retire when the market is bad, The govt would make up the difference in the accounts that didn’t meet the target.

    Even a 50% stock fund and 50% bond fund has done really well over a 20 year period,

    I don’t want to delay my retirement 1 second. I want to get out as soon as possible. I will take my ss at 62 even though it won’t be the full amount. I hope to retire even before 62.

    What makes me sick is these teachers who retire at 55 with huge pensions and people still say they are under-paid.

    ttgy

    March 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    • there is MyIRA now. Very little interest..it goes to savings bonds. I don’t think the low income types can really handle volatility..they cash out their employer 401k’s too much as it is.

      Mrs Stitch

      March 11, 2016 at 11:22 am

  10. “Smoot Hawley tariff led to the great depression.”

    Totally wrong! You might as well be reading a libertarian message board when Cruz tries to get intellectual.

    chairman

    March 10, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    • A Trump tariff won’t work, but it won’t crash the world economy either. The next crisis will be the result of some combination of the euro disintegrating and the implosion of China’s economy.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      March 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      • China’s economy will implode? In your dreams.

        gothamette

        March 10, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      • If you followed commodities you’d know they’re crashing right now.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      • @TUJ, All they have to do is bulldoze their way to a solution. They’ve been doing it for 7,000 years. Meanwhile this country is in ruins. Our entire elite class should be in jail for massive fiduciary irresponsibility. At the very least allowing a country that is (you say) imploding to hold so much US debt criminal.

        gothamette

        March 11, 2016 at 7:41 am

      • All they have to do is bulldoze their way to a solution.

        If there were a way for governments to prevent a financial crash as it occurs, there would never be any recessions. There isn’t a way to stop a big unwind, which is what China will have to go through, regardless of how incompetent the Western elite is.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      • Have you been reading David Stockman? I agree that the Chinese can’t rewrite the laws of economics, but I’m not so sure that they are gonna implode. They said that Japan imploded but it’s not doing badly.

        gothamette

        March 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      • Have you been reading David Stockman?

        Primarily Hugh Hendry and James Chanos. Their analysis from a few years ago was spot on, albeit their predictions were somewhat off in timings. But what economic analyst gets timing correct?

        I agree that the Chinese can’t rewrite the laws of economics, but I’m not so sure that they are gonna implode. They said that Japan imploded but it’s not doing badly.

        China’s malinvestment is worse because their economy is more corrupt than that of 1990s Japan. The more malinvestment the harder the landing. None of this excuses our elites, of course.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        March 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      • Chanos rings a bell. I remember he has been a China skeptic from a long time back. Revising my opinions is fine of course when the facts warrant. But I am still inherently gloomy about the future of the United States. Even if the iceberg itself is going to shatter, it still doesn’t change my opinion that we are the Titanic and we are about to hit an iceberg.

        gothamette

        March 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

  11. Kasich and his nonsense about he wouldn’t be here without immigration is a joke. Do we have to let people in forever just because people came in the past?

    ttgy

    March 10, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    • People who make those inane “we’re a nation of immigrants” type arguments should be disqualified from higher office.

      Julian

      March 10, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    • btw. The best rebuttals of those platitudes come from the late Lawrence Auster.

      http://jtl.org/auster/Huddled/Huddled.html

      Julian

      March 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  12. Building up the military is silly. Do you fight terrorists with a huge military? We aren;t fighting Germany in WWii in a war of attrition.

    ttgy

    March 10, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    • Building up the military is important. You want us to be cucks in every category there is? At least we can still destroy China’s entire military apparatus in month if we want to. We’re in decline because we don’t think we deserve to be in charge, and this applies to foreign as well as domestic policy. Becoming weaklings in the world in the last thing we should do.

      Perturabo

      March 10, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      • “At least we can still destroy China’s entire military apparatus in month if we want to. ”

        Sure of that? Please explain this to me, because I don’t think you’re right but frankly I don’t have any proof either way.

        gothamette

        March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

      • “Building up the military is important.”

        Agreed. A strong military with a realist foreign policy. Isolationism and neoconservative approaches are both wrong.

        Lewis Medlock

        March 11, 2016 at 11:39 am

  13. I’m beginning to sense a Strange New Respect for Trump coming from the lying liberal media. I think they are feeling the Bern for him.

    gothamette

    March 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    • I think that deep down they understand that, if nothing else, having him as President for four years is going to be a hell of a lot of fun.

      B.T.D.T.

      March 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      • That has nothing to do with it. Zero. Thomas Frank just gave Trump grudging respect for being right on trade. Some other prog writer correctly pointed out that he has been obsessed with trade since the 80s. Bernie’s harping on free trade is finally breaking through at the same time Trump’s has. This is a convergence of historic proportions. We are seeing the fall of the Friedmanite wing of the globalist party, comrades.

        Now, what is to be done?

        gothamette

        March 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

  14. I this debate is wonderful. This time every candidate is “the adult in the room,” not just Kasich. Even Trump is behaving himself – a real achievement for him. Rubio is cleaning up. I’m very impressed with how polished and non-robotic he appears tonight. Frankly, if my vote were based on emotion, I’d be switching from Cruz to Rubio. Rubio is a bit easier on the eyes, I’ll admit.. Ted has a self-confidence that can easily be misread as arrogance. But he’s my candidate because ultimately I don’t care whether the president is a likeable guy. I want a genuine conservative.

    Maryk

    March 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    • A “genuine conservative”? There will be no conservatives at all, genuine or otherwise, after the Revolution.

      Otis the Sweaty

      March 10, 2016 at 10:41 pm

  15. Who cares about Cuba? We deal with China which isn’t a free country and has human rights abuses. The only difference is China allows our companies to go there and use Chinese labor to make cheap products.

    ttgy

    March 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  16. Rubio is a bit easier on the eyes, I’ll admit..

    Marco likes boys. Especially older boys who pay for his services in remote Florida parks.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    March 10, 2016 at 10:17 pm

  17. The Cuba exchange shows everything wrong with Trump. They ask him these detailed questions, and all he says is “It needs to be a good deal.” No details at all, no position. I don’t care about Cuba, but say something coherent. Everything can’t just be “make a good deal.”

    Hepp

    March 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    • Trump doesn’t care about Cuba either. Hence the vagueness.

      Andrew E.

      March 10, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    • The Cuba exchange shows everything wrong with Trump. They ask him these detailed questions, and all he says is “It needs to be a good deal.” No details at all, no position. I don’t care about Cuba, but say something coherent. Everything can’t just be “make a good deal.”

      Trump never wants to tell you the details until you show him your details to see how to negotiate for advantage.

      It’s like poker but you show the other guy your hand while you play. Why do that?

      Trump’s position on all US national interests are ALL the same – What’s the best deal for America as a nation state in a competitive world.

      That’s it.

      Rifleman

      March 10, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      • I think it’s just Trump’s way of saying, I don’t give a s*** about this.

        gothamette

        March 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

  18. Very subdued debate. Rubio has resigned himself to being schlonged by Trump next Tuesday. Meanwhile Kasich, judging by his performance, must have already been promised the role of Post Office General. Cruz seems to be resisting the inevitable Trump victory.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    March 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm

  19. With the massive media beat up about violence at Trump’s rally, its’ worth noting this r8cist Sanders supporter who attacked a muslim lady.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/muslim-woman-attacked-at-indiana-cafe-by-drunken-bernie-sanders-supporter-yelling-white-power/

    Julian

    March 10, 2016 at 10:40 pm

  20. I didn’t watch, but Rod Dreher said that Trump said scary things about “boots on the ground” in Syria. Of course, Dreher is an idiot who also said that Rubio would be ready for the presidency in four to eight years.

    gothamette

    March 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • Rod Dreher is a weirdo who has had three different religions as an adult (Methodism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy). He doesn’t know his own mind and will swing anywhere his emotions take him.

      Richard

      March 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      • Right. A weirdo who can’t shut up, and whose idea of original writing consists of quoting large swatches of other writers’ material interspersed with “this” and “more,” ending up with a resounding “read the whole thing.”

        Still, his description gave me pause. Did Trump call for “boots on the ground” against Isis? Because I don’t want this. It’s another useless crusade.

        gothamette

        March 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm


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