In case your were hiding under a rock the last few days, Pope Francis was in North America on a whirlwind tour of Cuba, Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. In Washington, he would meet another prominent Catholic, Speaker of the House John Boehner, who would stun the political scene with a surprise announcement of his resignation.
“Americans deserve a Congress that fights for opportunity for all and favoritism to none. Too often, Speaker Boehner has stood in the way. Today’s announcement is a sign that the voice of the American people is breaking through in Washington. Now is the time for a principled, conservative leader to emerge. Heritage Action will continue fighting for conservative policy solutions and we look forward to working with the new leadership team.”
As night fell on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the stage occupied again with this time eleven GOP hopefuls. The prime time debate was designed to be a TV show with Donald Trump its star, but it was Carly Fiorina who ended up stealing the show. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio also played prominent roles in this drama.
The evening’s first debate showcased the four “second tier” candidates, former Governor George Pataki, Governor Bobby Jindal, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Senator Lindsey Graham. While no one did themselves any harm, none stood out enough to earn themselves a spot on the main stage for the next debate.
I'm writing this having just returned to my hotel room in Greenville SC where I just got back from the Heritage Action for America "Take Back America" presidential forum. The last few days have been a little busy, of course I watched the debates on Wednesday, then it was right off to beautiful South Carolina for the event.
Fiorina’s numbers have been climbing after an impressive showing at the first debate. She now will be sharing the main stage with Trump and nine others, having earned the right by virtue of last month’s performance. Many Americans have started to take notice of her, and apparently so has Trump.
Again, her civil disobedience while principled, forgets the fact that she's a public servant is not free to choose which policies she supports. Perhaps she's simply following the example of sanctuary city mayors, or Presidents with their pens and phones, so maybe her confusion is understandable.