Jeb Bush on keeping us safe; Trump's most ridiculous moments; Fetus fetishes; Fetuses versus immigrant children; The truth about Rosa Parks; Trump and Carson on vaccines; Effing that 911 chicken; Bad dudes are here; Rand Paul comparatively sounded reasonable; and much more.
Carly Fiorina came, saw and conquered the GOP debate at the Reagan library. Donald Trump did a decent job and others kept themselves afloat. Jeb Bush is still going, Marco Rubio suddenly became a foreign policy wonk, Ted Cruz was well, Cruzy.
Looking ahead, MSNBC should preserve CNN's candidate sparring format for its October 28 debate in Boulder, but there should be more of an effort to provide each candidate with comparable time, overall. Let's rewind to summarize the eleven major candidates.
Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars western capitalist societies in moments of disarray.
The drug war has failed, and it's astounding that many on the GOP debate stage still cling to drug war scare tactics reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.
CNN was (obviously) baiting everyone into getting into little personal spats, which did happen a number of times, but more than just fireworks this did provoke some interesting back-and-forth exchanges between candidates with differing (even, at times, opposing) viewpoints.
Republican voters are fed up with the GOP leadership, but not because it's failed to make the government smaller or less powerful. They're fed up because it hasn't made the government bigger, in the areas they want it to be bigger.
Americans have collectively voted no confidence in the powers that be. A plurality of registered voters is independent, neither Republican nor Democrat. Outsiders are besting insiders as the 2016 presidential campaign unfolds. Rand Paul needs to give thunderous voice to the aspirations or wishes of the self-evident voting majority.
Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Scott Walker ("Gang of Five") have fired bullets at the Constitution and the rule of law.
As an activist for liberty, I am pained by the failure of the similarly anti-establishment and still-largely-insurgent liberty movement to replicate either Ron Paul's successes of four years ago, or the successes of its present political opponents -- a democratic socialist, Sanders, and I'm-not-sure-what-to-call-him-but-he-looks-like-a-populist-fascist, Trum
The repeated conservative attacks on Donald Trump have failed, because they are off the mark. Candidates like Rick Perry, Rand Paul, and Bobby Jindal did not have the positive image and standing to attack, and they came across as desperate and petulant bottom-feeders.
The second debate of the Republican nomination race is fast approaching, so in preparation I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the entire GOP field once again. First, though, a word about the debates themselves.
As Rand Paul alienates those who supported his father, based largely on his foreign policy beliefs, a vacuum has developed for a candidate with a foreign policy belief system close to Ron Paul's.
When the current crop of presidential candidates speak of aliens, they are not referring to those living on other planets. There are no off-Earth colonists and no anchor babies on Mars - yet.
So what lies behind Trump's apparent about-face? Is his statement that the opening of U.S.-Cuba relations "is fine" just an off-the-cuff comment, a brief aside in a long interview that covered many other topics? Or does it signal a change in his political calculations?
No doubt, the bombastic Donald is an unlikely president. Yet what may be most extraordinary about his campaign is that on foreign policy, at least, he may be the most sensible Republican in the race.