Some thoughts after CNN’s GOP debate:

  1. Senator Rand Paul at the CNN GOP debate at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015.
    Senator Rand Paul at the CNN GOP debate at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015.

    Rand Paul gets the Jon Huntsman Award as the Republican who wins the Democrats vote.

  2. Jeb Bush is having a terrible time, as I see it, and it is only getting worse. He is the establishment, big donor, old news candidate that doesn’t fit the mood. He seems like a defensive spoiled weakling getting bullied. He is owning, disowning, and reowning his brother. Whatever criteria qualifies for “he kept us safe” applies as much to Obama as W.
  3. I am surprised that no one is calling out the Democrats for flirting with a socialist whose signature policy idea is stupid.
  4. Ben Carson is in over his head.
  5. There was a time when no Republican would have supported turning Social Security into a redistributive, means tested program. It seems like they all do.
  6. My wife thought Marco Rubio looked so good he must be the Antichrist. He has VP written all over him.
  7. Ted Cruz is a poor man’s Joel Osteen. I despise his televangelist affectations and can’t believe that kind of thing works. Yuck.
  8. The inevitable decline and fall of Trump may drop a big opportunity into Ted Cruz’s lap, if you asked me.
  9. John Kasich is weird.
  10. 86757f573d6e954a6fd2ca2d8f784476I don’t think anyone would have believed that in the 2016 primary contest, Chris Christie would seem mild, quiet, and skinny.
  11. Carly Fiorina is the winner of the summer. Her obliteration of Trump reminded me of the scene in ‘The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King’ when Eowyn kills the Witch-king: “I am no man!”
  12. Huckabee is an idiot.
  13. Pataki, Jindal, Santorum, and Graham should drop out.
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