Early 2016 saw the presidential race go into full swing. It seems like a lifetime ago, but the year started with Presidential debates, the most interesting being those on the Republican side. 16 men and one woman began their campaigns in earnest.
This was to finally be the year of the movement conservative. What none of them realized, was that the white, non-college educated working man had abandoned the Republican party two elections ago.
The Cruz-Kasich alliance is better termed a mutual non-aggression pact. It's true that Kasich didn't call for his supporters to vote for Cruz to stop Trump in Indiana, but he did pull his operation out of Indiana in favor of more fertile grounds in Washington and New Mexico. Some in the media were quick to call it a failure, the truth is we won't know until those states vote, starting on Tuesday.
The presidential primaries are usually settled by the time many states in the Northeast vote.
Presidential debates are media events. Even so, they have rules, some apparent and official, some less apparent and unofficial. The same rules that work for Trump, Cruz and Rubio work against the good doctor.
Last time, the moderators from CNBC made themselves the story. They succeeded in uniting the GOP field against them. It was a good night for those who were quick on their feet, those who excel at the debate format. For those who wanted an opportunity to get their message on policy out to the public, they were largely denied much of a chance. As a vehicle for getting substantive discussion out, the third debate fell way short.
Cruz will split his time between attacking Hillary, Obama and the Supreme Court. He might find time to take some shots at Mitch McConnell. Cruz had to cut short his attacks on the Court and McConnell to demolish the smarmy CNBC moderators.
John Kasich will actually be a factor because of Ford bringing back jobs to Ohio from Mexico. (You heard it here first!)
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.
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.