Shrum and Matalin debate likelihood that a lackluster Jeb can recover and whether the candidates' anti-media attacks are shrewd though stupid. Both laud Boehner for getting the budget done in way that helps Ryan yet allows GOP presidential candidates to balk without consequence.
One person, one vote, no vote more important than any other.That is so obvious, so simple, so right. Will it ever come about? I think not.
Marco wouldn't begrudge Jeb's retirement from this primary battle to "earn" tens of millions more, even if his value-added contribution doesn't amount to a hill of beans. It is the American Way and Marco knows whatever happens during this presidential primary season, that hill of beans will make him rich, too, whatever the outcome. No hard feelings.
As the recent presidential debate showed, the trusty old media-bashing tactic of Republican candidates was alive and well, and this season it is pushing into over-drive with a zest that would make Spiro Agnew cheer.
Looks like things are going pretty well for you. On behalf of my Kennedy-Democrat Washington tribe, I would like to tell you that we were quite impressed by your performance in the Republican debate Wednesday night.
The reoccurring themes in the GOP primaries include fear mongering, shaming those of different backgrounds, political gossip and personal attacks -- the main components of a prom queen vote, not a presidential primary.
If Marco Rubio is going to keep missing more than 40 percent of the upper chamber's votes, if he is tired of being a Senator, he should follow the example of Speaker Boehner and resign.
Although it is a common mantra by the GOP that government should not pick winners and losers, in fact GOP and Democratic-controlled Congresses have always picked winners and losers in the energy sector, through price and production supports, environmental regulations, and tax code advantages.
The real problem here is in the title, debate. Let's just call it what it is. A reality TV show. Hold it, I thought NBC said Donald Trump couldn't appear on reality TV anymore. Oh that's right, this is cable. So Fox Business News you're up next. Call it whatever you want, just don't call it a debate.
Governor Mike Huckabee informed his audience at the third Republican debate: "We" can solve our issues with Medicare. What a missed opportunity for leadership! In presidential campaigns from an older, more confident era, the candidate would have chosen this moment to commit the resources of the presidency to bold action.
Bush has seemed uncomfortable since the beginning of his campaign. His body language and frequent gaffes have consistently betrayed a politician who wasn't fully committed. He has been easily rattled throughout the campaign by taunts from Trump, like calling Bush a "low-energy" candidate.
What the fishbowl that is our nation's capital doesn't get is that, despite their greatest wish that outsiders will fade away in favor of traditional order, GOP base voters still want their ice cream. They want the candidate who is most likely to upend order in Washington, not sustain it. They want that gratification, not someone who will work the system with incremental changes.
Cruz and Rubio manhandled last night's scattered moderators and effectively kept Bush, Trump and Carson at arms length. Expect to see a bump in the next GOP poll for both of them.
In watching the debate, I kept thinking to myself, "These are the job applicants for the position of CEO of the World." Yet there was more carnival barking on the stage than insights or observations about the economy or economic policy.
The third Republican presidential primary debate was a sprawling, messy affair that played out more as a battle between candidates and moderators than an exchange among the debaters. At this point the key problem is the sheer number of human beings on stage: it is virtually impossible to design a format that accommodates this many people -- ten candidates and a whopping six questioners. CNBC may not have deserved the bruising its journalists took, but the network must shoulder the blame for devising such an unsatisfying structure. With the Republican debate miniseries now officially one-third over, it is time for the producers to alter their approach.
It's time for The Bachelor to move over. CNBC made its contribution to the hottest new reality series Wednesday night with The Candidate, better known as The National GOP Debate from Boulder, CO.