ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – For the first time in my lifetime, a Republican debate was held where the party establishment candidates were outnumbered by party mavericks and, in a completely new development, outsiders that have never held political office at all.
The establishment candidates are represented by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich. You know they are establishment candidates backed by the Donor Class because they all are determined to sell Amnesty for Illegals to the electorate. The electorate, for its part, has done its best to communicate their opposition to amnesty, but the establishment keeps trying to sell this lemon and call it lemonade.
The party mavericks are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. While they are both senators, they have ample track records of opposing and drawing the ire of the powers that be in Washington D.C.
The outsiders are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina. They have never held political office although Fiorina has ties to Big Tech, and Carson has ties to Big Pharma. So while Carson and Fiorina are outsiders to the Washington ruling elite, they are part of the big corporate establishment. The true outsider is Donald Trump, who is self- financing his campaign and is beholden to no one.
In prior election cycles, the Establishment Pick enjoyed having the anti-establishment vote split several ways, allowing the establishment candidate to coast to victory. This year is different. Not only are there more anti-establishment candidates, but they command the lion’s share of the voters’ allegiance, while the establishment pick, Jeb Bush, is starved for supporters in polling, languishing at 4%, and generally coming in 5th place in state primary races.
It is in this context that the Republican’s held their fourth debate in Milwaukee Wednesday night. Let’s look at the scoring:
Biggest Winner: Ted Cruz. Once again Cruz managed to have the most memorable line of the night by pointing out that if foreign journalists were flooding the country and taking jobs away from the press, they would see the issue differently. This ably defended his anti-amnesty stance by linking illegal immigration to Americans losing jobs and wages being driven down. Cruz’ exact quote:
“I will say, the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.”
A close runner up was Rand Paul. What a difference a fairer allocation of time amongst the candidates makes, and when they have the opportunity to discuss substantive issues. Paul’s best line of the night was his attack on Marco Rubio’s tax plan, which calls for a trillion dollars’ worth of unearned tax “credits” to the poor, a blatant wealth transfer. As Rand rightly pointed out, you can’t call yourself a conservative if you are in favor of a trillion dollar transfer payment and you have no way to pay for it.
Rand Paul also was the only candidate to rightly observe that if you are willing to enforce a no fly zone in Syria (favored by Jeb Bush and John Kasich) then you have to be willing to shoot down Russian jets, and that means sending your sons and daughters to die in World War III. I don’t know about you, but I, Romney Wordsworth, find the chicken hawk’s willingness to risk a shooting war with Russia over Syria to be dangerously psychopathic and deranged.
Biggest Loser: Without a doubt, it was John Kasich. Kasich was booed by the audience when he declared his willingness to bail out the banks. He also lost the audience over his flat refusal to deport a single illegal alien, and his defense of the reviled TPP treaty as “critical” to the American economy. Republican primary voters just aren’t buying anything Kasich is selling, and he stubbornly clings to these electoral death lines as if they were his life lines. I don’t know who Kasich thinks he’s appealing to, but it isn’t conservative voters.
Frank Luntz’ post-debate focus group had nothing but jeers and loathing for Kasich, for his stands on immigration, bailing out banks, and even his obnoxious debating style where he continually interrupted other candidates and lectured them in a condescending way. John Kasich lost the hearts and minds of voters last night by impersonating a Democrat on the stage.
The second biggest loser was Jeb Bush, who had in my opinion the biggest gaffe line of the night, shy of Kasich’s bear hugs and wet kisses for illegals and international banksters, when it came to the discussion of Syria. Bush attacked Donald Trump for his willingness to let Putin and Russia destroy ISIS. Bush insisted “that’s like a board game, that’s like playing Monopoly or something. That’s not how the real world works”.
Uh, yes it is, Jeb. That’s exactly how the real world works, and the leaders of China and Russia do treat it like a war game, and are always thinking ten and twenty moves ahead of us, and that’s why they consistently clean our clocks, because Barack Obama has no strategy of any kind, other than doing the bidding of his Muslim Brotherhood buddies, arming and funding ISIS and trying to give them all of the Middle East on a silver platter.
You have to accept that Barack Obama switched sides in the War on Terror. Only then does our toppling of Gaddaffi in Libya, installing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, pulling out of Iraq and letting it fall to Iran and ISIS, and the current campaign to topple Assad makes sense. The establishment candidates like Kasich and Bush know, but never admit, that ISIS is a creation of the U.S. military-industrial complex to engineer constant war, and constant security threats. Donald Trump sees the situation as Main Street America does: ISIS are the bad guys, and anyone who wants to destroy them, Vladimir Putin included, ought to be fine with us. Let someone else spend the money and the blood fighting evil for a change, instead of it always falling to the U.S.
Donald Trump: Watching the debate, I had the impression that Trump has lost the eye of the tiger. He was content to wait for the moderators to call on him, when in previous debates he jumped into the fray on his own. I got the sense that Trump has become a bit complacent. Nevertheless, he had solid moments like when he denounced the TPP treaty as a “horrible” deal.
Ben Carson: Carson again seemed to tread water, not making any mistakes, and defending his tax plan from attacks. He’s right on Trump’s heels in the polls, so you can’t criticize what he’s doing because it’s working.
Marco Rubio: Rubio had a good night, simply by virtue of the fact that none of the debate moderators asked him a single question about his Gang of Eight amnesty plan. Rubio should not have gotten a pass on the immigration issue.
Carly Fiorina: Fiorina had a good night, showing strength on taxes and international policy.
The Moderators: I give the Fox Business Panel a B+. They did very well on evenly distributing air time to all the candidates on the stage. There was only a 3 minute gap between the most time (12 minutes) and the lowest (9 minutes). The questions that were asked were solid and substantive. They lose marks for Maria Bartiromo’s shilling for Hillary Clinton with a question that referred to her “impressive resume”. Really, Maria? Would this be the same resume where even Hillary Clinton herself can’t point to a single notable achievement? Then there was the failure to call out Marco Rubio for his pro-amnesty stance.