God help me, but I watched the Republican debate tonight. UJ — who for some mysterious reason lacks a functioning TV — decided he wanted to come over and watch the debate, and Kish and I watched it with him.
My thoughts? The Trump balloon popped tonight. The forever-frowning Donald looked like a self-mocking SNL skit up there. He’s a pompous blowhard who obviously doesn’t know much about the issues at a granular level, and it shows. When he talks about how his businesses are taking “advantage of the federal laws” he’s not exactly speaking to the lives of normal Americans. I think we’ve seen the scowling, high water mark of the populist uncandidate.
As for the rest of the field, I thought Ben Carson was a clear loser until the last few questions, when he recovered somewhat. I was surprised by how well John Kasich fared. I thought Chris Christie and Marco Rubio did well, and I have to believe that the evangelical element poses clear upper limits for Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. Jeb Bush seemed to flounder a bit, Scott Walker is Everyman, and Rand Paul looks likes he’s wears a wild animal pelt on his scalp. Let’s see . . . have I forgotten anyone?
I’ll say this for the Republican debate tonight: I’m not sure you’re getting much nuance and sophistication in answers that are limited to 1 minute — or in some cases 30 seconds — but it was fast-moving. What does it mean? I think nothing.