My Thoughts on the ABC Debate

My Thoughts on the ABC Debate

Say what you want about Megyn Kelly, but I actually missed her tonight. The Nurse Ratched of ABC News just can’t hold a candle to her.

The debate got off to a miserable start even before all the candidates got out on stage. The bottleneck backstage wasn’t helped by the fact it was all caught on camera. I felt bad for the stage manager who peeked out around the wall to furiously wave Ben Carson on stage. In the end, the whole clusterfrack made it look like Donald Trump and Ben Carson were expecting to make a grand entrance. Plus, in the disarray, they forgot to invite John Kasich out at all. I didn’t think it was physically possible to cringe with every inch of my body. Turns out, I was wrong.

The opening questions ostensibly regarding “preparedness to lead” were just an excuse to leap on the “nontroversy” between Cruz and Carson and between Trump and Cruz. It was a waste of time and voters garnered nothing out of it.

Tonight was Marco Rubio’s night to be on the hot seat and Governor Christie really decided to zero in on him like a pitbull on a postman. And truthfully, Christie drew blood early on.

Now, I don’t think anybody “won” this debate. But some of them had good nights, some not so much, and some had downright terrible nights.

Who had a good night:
I think because the three governors knew tonight was make or break for them, all three did very well. Trust me, I’m no fan of John Kasich, but he had his best debate night tonight (except for the arm-flailing). Likewise I wish Jeb would just go away, but he as well rose to the occasion. Christie came out strong and stayed strong throughout the night. These three know they need to do well in New Hampshire or it’s all over. They were prepared for that tonight and did well.

Who had an okay night:
After getting hammered terribly by Chris Christie in the opening segment of the debate, Marco Rubio found his footing again and did okay. It was nowhere near his best debate performance in large part because of the repeated bludgeoning he took from Christie. But, as always, Rubio knows his facts, knows his talking points and can stick with them. The problem is, Christie calling him out on his talking points made those moments where he hit on his talking points ring hollow.

There were a few points where Rubio really shined. What he said about Obama not being incompetent, but rather being fully aware of what he was doing was very solid. Likewise, his strong attacks on Hillary were the best of the night. And finally, his response regarding abortion was a home run. It was excellent the way he turned the tables and called the Democrats the extremists.

Ted Cruz needed to hit it out of the park tonight, and I don’t believe he did. He had some very good moments — like his slapping away Martha Raddatz’s hypothetical question about North Korea and his discussion about substance abuse. But overall, Cruz just didn’t have the consistently good night that he has had in the past and really needed to have tonight. I don’t think he hurt himself too much overall, but he probably didn’t help himself in Tuesday’s primary.

Who had a bad night:
Donald Trump had a terrible night. Not that he ever does well in these debates, but wow. He was belligerent, defensive, and more inarticulate than usual. The more defensive he got, the louder the audience booed. His answers were a mish-mash of words haphazardly strung together with his rally talking points. But without a screaming crowd of adoring fans cheering him on, it came off sounding simultaneously canned and ill-prepared. Considering that so much hype was built up on “Trump’s return to the debate stage,” he had to do a hell of a lot better than he did. And he came nowhere near it. And just when you thought he was done crapping the sheets, Donald used his closing remarks to go out with a snotty attack on Cruz “stealing Carson’s votes.” Thankfully, the audience liked it about as little as I did.

Ben Carson just didn’t have a good night tonight. I think asking him about the Iowa issue at the starting gate was a bad thing for him. On the one hand, he cited Reagan’s eleventh commandment about not going after a fellow Republican, but immediately after doing so, he went after his fellow Republican Ted Cruz. For me, this set the tone for Carson’s whole evening. I felt like his attempts at humor relied too heavily on complaining about not being called on or not being able to weigh in on certain topics and that got old after the second debate this summer. At some point, Carson has to stop whining and start looking Presidential, and I’m afraid that opportunity has come and gone. Carson made a point of saying he was in this race, but the impression I got from his debate performance tonight was he’s already checked out.

Sorry if this is brief, but holy cow, Lupus is kicking my ass tonight. So even Dianny didn’t have as good a night. Thank God I’m not running for president.

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poll results

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8 thoughts on “My Thoughts on the ABC Debate

  • February 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Take a break Dianny. You have been cranking out alot of OUTSTANDING work this week. It will be tough for us a day or two, but we will survive. Get some rest, take it easy. Relax, renew and rejuvinate. Thanks for all of your hard work. Have a quiet weekend.

  • February 6, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I usually agree with your take but to say Trump had a terrible night while simultaneously saying Rubio had an OK night is a miscarriage of justice to what happened. Trump continued to do what he does best, cut through the PC crap and give straight talk. Look at the answer on torture. Rubio squirms, Trump speaks the truth and is unapologetic. They’re cutting of people’s heads and burning people alive in cages and we’re talking about waterboarding? Rubio being dismantled by Christie was the story of the debate. I don’t care how much you want to continue your attacks on Trump, nothing you say will change my mind. People like Rubio are the reason our country is where it is. A bunch of do nothing politicians who talk a big game and don’t do anything.

    • February 6, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Fortunately for me, I’m not interested in changing your mind. This was titled “My thoughts on the ABC debate,” not “my attempt to change Kevin’s mind.”

      • February 7, 2016 at 11:40 am

        Well why else would you be blogging if not for the purpose of bringing forth information in an attempt to persuade readers viewpoints on subjects? Are you telling me your goal is to just put some thoughts down and that you have never changed anyone’s mindset on a topic and that even further that is not your intention? Coming from someone who is a former liberal I would think you in particular would see the value of your writing towards influencing thought. Seeing that by bringing facts and ideas forward you can educate people in truth and show them reality. Unfortunately I have noticed a pattern on this blog lately in which you are intentionally going out of your way to trash Trump and it is annoying. Especially considering you have people on that same stage being touted by MSM outlets as the most electable who repeat the same statement 8 times in a row even while being called out for repeating themselves. CruZ and Trump are the only ones worthy on that stage, maybe Christy after he undressed Marcobot. The rest of them belong on the JV squad.

        • February 7, 2016 at 11:48 am

          Again, the purpose of THIS POST was to share my thoughts on the debate. PERIOD. Honestly, I really do not understand why that concept is so difficult for you to comprehend. Of course I wrote posts where I am arguing a point or advancing a particular idea. But this was not one of them. You see, unlike some bloggers, I do not believe that everything I write should be some nefarious attempt to impose my beliefs on others. If I wanted to do that, I would be a Liberal. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a column on my thoughts about a debate is just a column about my thoughts about a debate. I get it. You support Trump. And given the fact that most Trump supporters would still love him if he shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, I doubt I could change your mind using common sense. But for heaven’s sake. If I am supposed to self-censor any criticism of Trump just because it gets under your skin, forget it. Is there some hitherto unknown version of Trumpian Sharia which makes criticism, mockery, or a general lack of devotion to Trump blasphemy? If there is, sorry, but I will adhere to it about as much as I adhere to Sharia.

          And really? I don’t have to “go out of my way.” Trump’s brutishness is right there in our faces every single damn day. You seem to forget that for MONTHS I kept an open mind about Trump — even defending him on several occasions. But what changed for me was Trump’s own behavior. I also criticize and mock Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell. And, like with Trump, I never feel the need to “go out of my way” with them either.

    • February 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm

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      I know, I know…it all just poured out of me onto the keyboard. I cannot appologize for this message. I love this Country, and have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constution, as many of you, have too. “I have to be a warrior, a slave I’ll never be. A soldier and a conqueror fighting to be free.” Wishbone Ash, Argus, circa 1974, The Soldier. I hope you understand!

      TrusTED CRUZ, 2016 I believe he is God’s Guy!

  • February 11, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Ghost writer, Rachel Maddow. I don’t think we watched the same debate. You can’t push the river. Are your readers hapless shlubs? Did you get a cash infusion from DWSTweets?

    And since you read this that makes you a reader, therefore you have declared yourself a “hapless shlub.” – Dianny

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