If you didn’t know better, you would think Barack Obama has pulled an FDR, running for a third term. All the problems facing America today lead only to one place … President Obama’s front door. While Obama-bashing may have been the main course, Hillary-hating was the appetizer. It appears most of the Republican contenders believe they will be facing the lady in the pant suit for the presidency.
Did the current Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, help or hurt himself? I would say neither. From my perspective he held his own. His supporters will remain his supporters. The most impressive performance of the night was that of the only female candidate in the contest, Carly Fiorina. She was strong, confident and thoughtful. She handled well Trump’s patronizing comment, “She has a beautiful face.” She didn’t respond. Fiorina not only answered the questions asked of her, but she provided commentary as the debate was unfolding… “We just spent 12 minutes on that unimportant topic.” My only criticism is that she needs to smile more; not be so businesslike.
I don’t know if it is just me, but it seemed as if Dr. Ben Carson forgot to take his afternoon nap. Mr. Dynamite he is not. Will he lose some support? Probably.
Some of the more memorable comments of the night included Jeb Bush’s defense of his brother … “He kept us safe.” I think little brother forgot the United States was attacked on Dubya’s watch! Then there was Ted Cruz’s description of his friend, Chief Justice John Roberts, as a liberal. Yes, he is liberal compared to Genghis Kahn, perhaps. Gov. Scott Walker took a jab at Trump’s political inexperience when he said, “We don’t need an apprentice in the White House”; a very weak, sophomoric punch.
Of all the “Trumpisms” that came out of The Donald’s mouth, he did make a very cogent, valid point. When interviewed after the debate, Trump observed, “Three hours is too long.”