For the most part, the Candidates performed just as expected, with the exception of one – AND HER NAME IS CARLY FIORINA.
Before I get to Fiorina, let me tell you who was the most important person in the debate . . . IT WAS DONALD TRUMP, who proved that he couldn’t measure-up with real responses to hard questions, but PROVED BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT, that he has changed the dynamics and TONE of the Republican Fight for the leadership of the Party.
Trump will increase his lead because people LOVE his BOMBASTIC attacks on the establishment, but sooner rather than later, other Candidates like Fiorina, will overshadow him with aggressive substance opposed to bombast.
BUT AS LONG AS TRUMP IS THERE . . . every candidate must be aware that it will not be BUSINESS AS USUAL, and politically tested responses will not work.
BUT BACK TO FIORINA . . . I am proud that I picked her out of the crowd right from the beginning, even though the vast majority of Americans didn’t. What I saw in her, was a real fighter who understood the “score”, and had the incredible talent and ability to state her case with ease, determination, and clarity.
She will also not be intimidated . . . or knocked off her game by anyone.
And after Carly Fiorina’s performance at the early debate, no one is going to take her for granted again. AND MORE THAN THAT, Fiorina has the capacity and mindset to keep all the other candidates FEET TO THE FIRE, who absolutely want to make a real impression.
BEN CARSON WAS GREAT . . . and did extremely well for himself, while poignantly answering serious questions with a great sense of humor. Not only did he not lose ground, I think he might have increased the number of people who will now give him a closer look.
CRUZ DID REALLY WELL . . . not only did he stand his ground against the White House, but also DOUBLED-DOWN against the RINOS, who hold positions of leadership in the Congress.
MARCO RUBIO REESTABLISHED HIMSELF . . . and gave a great presentation why he is really ready for Prime Time. IN SHORT – RUBIO CONNECTED.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER . . .
Scott Walker was Walker – STEADY and articulate. But did nothing to write home about. However, maybe that’s all Walker had to do, since he is consistently holding his own amongst potential Republican Voters . . . I STILL LIKE WALKER.
Bush was uninspiring – and said nothing that would convince me that he wouldn’t be a RINO in the White House if he were to win the Presidency.
Chris Christie – simply hung in there, being Chris Christie.
Rick Perry – didn’t prove two things. He didn’t prove that he could debate with aplomb under pressure. And he didn’t show why he would make a real difference in national politics. Unfortunately, Perry seems to talk most about what he did as governor of Texas, but not really what he will do as the President of the USA.
Mike Huckabee – always delivers great lines during a debate, but more than that, his answers were predictable and classic Huckabee. Which is something that didn’t work before and won’t work today.
John Kasich – did exactly as was expected. He was passionate, focused, unapologetic and to the point. He did well for himself, and might have increased his position somewhat amongst the pack, but not enough to make a real difference.
Rand Paul – proved nothing, other than he is all over the board and an isolationist, at a time when the USA must exert its strength to save itself and the rest of the world . . . LIKE IT OR NOT.
As for all the other Candidates, specifically in the first debate, they all did well. They spoke well, and answered all the questions, but did not do well enough to increase their standing.
If you remember the debates in 2012, hosted by the big names in the Conventional NETWORK Mainstream Media, compared to how FOX News did here and now . . . THERE IS NO COMPARISON.
FOX NEWS HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK . . . asking really hard questions from every candidate, showing no particular animus to anyone in particular, including Donald Trump. And they kept the debate moving and lively.
I think this debate won FOX News a heap of new viewers who probably never had reason to see or hear the on-air FOX Talent.
There was a 2-Hour Nationally Televised Canadian Debate yesterday (August 7, 2015), starting one hour before the 9:00 o’clock US debate, of which I watched the first hour.
I’m embarrassed to write that the comparison between the Canadian Debaters, the Media, and the Moderator to what I saw on FOX News, was like comparing a varsity football team, to Super Bowl Champions . . . IT WAS PAINFUL TO WATCH.
You also have to wonder where the brains were of the Canadian producers, who made the decision to run their DEBATE against the American Powerhouse. SORT OF SAYS IT ALL NO?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov