Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Enough with the debates
That was fun, but enough with the Republican presidential debates. Five is enough. I have had my fill. The novelty wore off after the first one, but side stories developed, especially when CNBC went into la-la-land. But the CNN debate last night lacked punch and lacked purpose.
It is not that Wolf Blitzer did a bad job. He was an excellent host. He made the debate about the candidates, and the candidates tried to debate, but the night made little difference. No mind seemed changed. Here is what the debates have shown us about the candidates (ignore the policies for a moment).
Marco Rubio is the Establishment Prince, with Ted Cruz as his nemesis.
Ben Carson is this election cycle's Alan Keyes/Herman Cain. Like many affirmative action people, he is ill-prepared for the position. That is not a knock on him, but simply a fact. Dammit, he's a doctor, Jim, not a presidential candidate.
Oddly enough, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump are the political outsiders who do know policy. Carly is disciplined. Trump is not.
Chris Christie is a fat version of Rudy Giuliani. Remember how we said Remember 9/11? Yeah, well everyone seems to have forgotten. America will pay for that neglect.
John Kasich has morphed into Jon Huntsman. He is the most likely to go John Dean on us. He likes the big TV checks and in two years, he is done as governor of Ohio. Look for a book and a CNN gig in the role of the Republican whose party went too far right and deserted him. Boo hoo hoo.
Rand Paul is this year's Ron Paul -- without the Paulbots, who have gone over to the Bernie Sanders side.
Jeb Bush is sad. Just sad.
As for policies, no one is talking about health care, balancing the budget, or global warming. Just as well. Terrorism is the issue of the day. Republicans oppose it. Democrats? Well, they have other things to worry about, such as why a kid right out of high school doesn't earn as much as Warren Buffett, a Democratic Party sugar daddy. Hey, gotta keep that Keystone XL pipeline closed.
The debates were a nice diversion, but it is time to move on.