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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Down to Rubio versus Cruz?

That was the best debate I have seen since Reagan-Carter in 1980. The Fox Business News network let them talk about issues Republicans give a shit about. The moderators respected the candidates, the party, and the audience. Nice night.

The debate began with a question on raising the minimum wage.
Trump said wages are too high, which drew snorts on Twitter from the pundits I follow, but it is true. Unemployment is how high? An $8 minimum wage is pushing unemployment.

The highlight of the night was Marco Rubio schooling Rand Paul on defense. A weak America is more expensive than a strong one. That idea is not new, in fact, it is more than 200 years old. "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute" dates back to the first President Adams administration.

My take:

Marco Rubio was the clear winner. He had his act together. He understands how the economy and foreign policy work, and know how to be tough but likable. He is totally wrong on immigration.

Ted Cruz knows to rein in his debating skills in these matters. He can get her done in a one-on-one, but in a group setting like this, it is best to be polite but firm. He is right on every issue but he creeps people out.

It looks like it could be down to them -- if the race is only about debates.

Trump showed his alpha self. He is that military commander you do not quite like but you follow anyway.

Carly was not out for a win. She is hanging tough and learning. She's my favorite and did me proud on bank regulation -- as well as health care. Oh and she just stomped the global warming myth to death.

Ben Carson is fading fast. He cannot keep pace with the Cuban-Americans, Carly and Trump on the issues. Maryland U.S. Senate race?

John Kasich talked his way out of the debate. The live audience wanted him to shut up already. He's a Washington Republican.

Rand Paul should work on his re-election campaign.

Jeb should just pull the plug.

Next debate: Cut Kasich, Paul and Jeb. Bring back Christie. He won the undercard.

And there is this:


  1. I don't think it is time to completely discount Trump and Dr. Carson. Their odd answers and non-political ways still sway our nation of politician-haters. Rubio being strong in a televised debate doesn't equal mass attention, at least not yet.

  2. Minimum wage amounts should be a State concern, not a federal concern.