Hillary on the other hand had little in the way of new material. It was widely speculated that she used up most of her ammo during the first debate. That speculation seems to have been proved correct.
Physicists suggest that there is not a single reality, but many– where every possible scenario get plaid out. Alternate timelines where the NAZI’s win the war, where the Federation is an evil empire and so on. The alternate reality sub-genera is one of the more intriguing, the where we get an answer to the question: “What if?” What if?… Donald could actually stay on message and never put his foot in his mouth? What if?… Hillary were actually likable enough to the non-Democrat that people actually liked to hear her speak?
Drink every time any candidate breaks out into a coughing fit. (one drink per instance) Drink at any remark that gets booed. (counts for moderator remarks too) Drink every time the moderator “fact checks” a statement by one of the candidates.
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.
The very first question will be about Donald Trump
Marco Rubio: Did well as expected in the debate. Will this translate into votes in the primaries? His chief nemesis to date has been his fellow Floridian, Jeb Bush. Try as he might, Jeb just cannot penetrate Marco’s armor of being quick witted, good-looking and young.
Expect to see the fight for the heart and soul of the Republican party begin on the stage tonight at the CNN Republican Debate.
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!)