Before I get into the Meat & Potatoes of this editorial, let me start off by pissing-off some of the readers of this BLOG, by stating the OBVIOUS . . . NOT HAVING TRUMP AT THE THURSDAY NIGHT DEBATE was refreshing, and added considerably to the political process (please be respectful when you comment).
Finally . . . there was a real debate without Reality TV – waiting for Trump to insult someone, while making unsubstantiated claims of his GREATNESS.
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WITHOUT TRUMP . . . the debate was all about the United States of America, real FACTS, and not how much everyone loves Trump, according to Trump.
1 – Marco Rubio was 100% consistent, and on his game. And with each passing debate, Rubio becomes more GROUNDED, more PRECISE, and looks MORE Presidential.
What is also most impressive . . . is how quick he is on his feet with the FACTS, and how he refuses to allow anyone to knock him off his game by introducing some past TRUTHS he prefers to ignore, since he’s moved-on.
I thought Rubio was great. And has in my estimation won quite a few second looks. Also, I truly believe that he has moved on past his Amnesty Days, and has learned his lesson.
And if we are going to hold every misjudgment against every person running for office, especially at this level, we will never pick a leader in either of our two countries.
2 – Ted Cruz didn’t have his best performance, but was no less on his game as usual, and took numerous opportunities to clear several of his positions, specifically his opposition to government subsidies in the private sector INCLUDING Ethanol.
As of this debate . . . Cruz lost nothing, gained nothing – and is still my guy.
3 – Jeb Bush had the best night so far, because he was able to focus on the campaign and the debate, without worrying about which untoward INSULT Trump would be sending his way.
From this debate . . . I garnered a whole new respect for Jeb Bush. I see him as a decent guy who is absolutely STEADY, and is well intentioned with a very successful personal political history as Governor of Florida.
Bush is not a swashbuckler, he is also not full of braggadocio, and he is not full of himself. And if anyone has made me rethink who’s who . . . that would be Jeb Bush.
4 – I think everyone on the stage (less one), during this debate, have thus far proven they are there because they care. And in their own ways, they legitimately think they can make a real contribution to their country and to the American people.
And even though I don’t agree with most of them, they all have something they bring to the table that is worth listening to and thinking about.
Even Rand Paul, who is far removed from the direction I think the country should move, has something important to say, especially when he speaks about government excesses and protecting the FREEDOMS that have for almost 250-Years been the foundational bedrock of American success.
I think Kasich, who seems to be a really decent guy, is confused between being a President and being a Governor. But I do believe that he is an honest man with great intentions. But is not the guy by any stretch.
5 – Chris Christie had a normal Chris Christie Night, which meant he didn’t go up, and he didn’t go down. But, if there was one person on that stage who was somewhat disingenuous, it was Chris Christie, who isn’t running a successful State, who hasn’t convinced me that he really supports the 2nd Amendment, who says he does not support Sharia Law, yet, for his first major appointment as governor of New Jersey, Christie appointed an openly PRO-Sharia Lawyer to the New Jersey Supreme Court.
The greatest downfall to a successful enterprise is the success of that enterprise, which includes why great Empires die under their own weight, as we are beginning to see with the USA.
FOX News falls under that same dynamic, forgetting what it was that first made them so popular as the CHAMPION of the LITTLE GUYS, talking-up to their audience instead of talking-down. And it shows in the number of emails I receive complaining about FOX News.
I’m not going to bother listing the FOX News shows and anchors I like the least for their arrogance, with the exception of Megyn Kelly, and only because she was prominent in the debates.
When Megyn Kelly first came on the scene at FOX News, she was exciting. She was full of enthusiasm, bringing stories to the people, using her brains and good looks to make people pay attention to real issues.
It happened almost overnight, when Kelly was given her own Prime Time Show, when she forgot what it was that catapulted her to the top, and as a result became SMUG and CONDESCENDING. She’s become more important than her audience.
How she went after Trump in the first debate was wrong. And it said as much about her, as it did about Trump. And from that moment, Megyn Kelly became more of a distraction than an asset for FOX News, and as such, somewhat diminished the Thursday Night Debate.
Trump was the Elephant NOT in the room. Kelly was the Elephant IN the room.
And even though I NEVER remark about how someone looks (in the negative), whether it be their weight, height, age, gender, infirmity – etcetera . . . I have to mention that MEGYN KELLY’S FAKE EYELASHES WERE HIDEOUS, not that it makes a difference to anything – BUT I’M JUST SAYING.
All Trump did last night, was to once again illustrate how . . . it’s all about Trump all the time.
Trump had a REAL OBLIGATION to the Republican Party, the other Candidates, and MOSTLY to the American People to be at that Thursday Night Debate.
And for whatever BS reason Trump decided NOT to LIVE-UP to this OBLIGATION . . . it is making it really hard for people who don’t like Trump’s SHENANIGANS to support him, even if he wins the Nomination . . . INCLUDING PEOPLE LIKE ME.
The world has already had a NARCISSIST in the White House for the past 7-Years, and look at how well that has worked-out for America and the Global Condition.
Can anyone really believe America and the rest of world can survive yet another NARCISSIST in the White House . . . but this time a NARCISSIST on steroids?
This debate WITHOUT Trump gave a lot of people a lot of things to think about, including me. I’m happy that we all saw a good debate on Thursday . . . FINALLY!
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov