CNN GOP Debate: Winners and Losers, Part I

CNN GOP Debate was a borefest, but I watch so you don’t have to.

Is Jeb Bush coming off way too much like Jan Brady?

As you know, I watch so you don’t have to, and that includes last night’s interminably long GOP Debate on CNN. Is it possible that CNN, where you would be hard pressed to find anyone who will vote for the GOP nominee, designed this thing to be a borefest on purpose? Why else would they include people like pathetic RINO John Kasich on the stage? The media was hoping for a cage match between Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, but instead they got a bit of a love fest. The battle was between Sen. Cruz and Sen. Rubio. I was delighted to see the latter busted on his support for amnesty. Impotent Jeb Bush tried to challenge Donald Trump and failed.

In case you didn’t it (which you almost certainly didn’t), here’s what you missed:

Jeb Bush (Loser)

Clearly his donors told him that he had better take out Donald Trump STAT, so he tried going after him, ironically saying “”Donald, you are not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency,’ then insulting Trump by calling him the “chaos candidate.” It wasn’t a good look, and it didn’t work, but I predict the media, including Fox News, which has been in the tank for Bush for months, will say otherwise. Watch for “it’s a new race today.” Wrong. Lately he’s been coming off a lot like Jan Brady; that is, instead of “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” it’s Trump, Trump, Trump. Please let this be his last debate.

Donald Trump (Winner)

He held his own, sticking to his front runner script, presenting himself as a hard-driving, unapologetic high-achiever who can “make America great,” and safe, without providing a lot of details. When he made nice with Sen. Ted Cruz, saying “his temperament is just fine,” after calling him a “maniac” over the weekend, I laughed out loud thinking about the Establishment GOP’s heads exploding.

John Kasich (Loser)

There is absolutely no reason for this pathetic RINO to be on the stage. Governor, what is with the chopping hands? You remind me of the most boring, pontificating gasbag professors I had in college. When he said “We’ll never get there if Republicans and Democrats fight with each other … before all of that, we’re Americans, and I believe we need to unify in many ways to strengthen the country,” I thought I would hurl. Please go back to Ohio, which to hear you talk is a paradise thanks to your brilliant stewardship.

Ted Cruz (Winner)

As usual, he was passionate in clearly and concisely stating a constitutional conservative position. It was funny when he busted Rubio on immigration, concluding by saying that he would build the wall, and get Donald Trump to pay for it.

Marco Rubio (Held His Own)

As you know, my problem with Marco is that we can’t trust him on the issue of immigration, which has become the existential issue of our times. (Stay tuned for more on that here.) He is a good debater, but he made clear last night that he hasn’t changed his views on this critical matter. He’s the same guy that made a deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer. He is the go-to choice for the Chamber of Commerce donor class if (when) Bush drops out.

Carly Fiorina (Loser)

I like Carly, but I was disappointed to hear her play the gender card. She came off as stern and a little angry. She is articulate and intelligent, but I don’t think she has a chance of being elected president in 2016.

Chris Christie (Held His Own)

Once Jeb Bush faces the inevitable and drops out, if Marco Rubio can’t make it happen, the Establishment will turn to Gov. Christie. I guess his man crush with Barack Obama can be declared officially over since he called him, I think accurately, a “feckless weakling.” The current climate, created by the completely wrong-headed Obama policies, in which we are sitting ducks for Islamists headchopping lunatics, plays to his strengths, but unless Rubio bites it, he won’t be the nominee.

I will probably have more to say about this debate later today. Right now, the canine intern is telling me it’s time for her breakfast. Stay tuned.

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