South Carolina is now in the record books. Trump is once again the winner, despite dredging up Code Pink’s talking points against George W. Bush, and despite a dust-up with the Pope. Cruz has fallen to third and Rubio is back on track after the New Hampshire debacle. Jeb is out of the race. Believe it or not, that is how the process is supposed to work.
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.
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.
On Monday to a cheering Miami crowd, Jeb Bush announced he was running for President. He’s the third in his family to do so. He’s the second Floridian in the race. He was for about 24 hours, first in campaign dollars at his disposal among the Republicans.