September 17, 2015 Debate thoughts
- I’ve been tweeting a lot about the GOP debates (especially the second one, which I missed much less of). In addition to the tweets, here are some thoughts:
My guess from other Twitter coverage is that Fiorina will be the media-declared winner; I suspect she will be second (and maybe even first) in most polls a few weeks from now, barring any events that slow her momentum. Why? She’s good with pithy sound bites. A lot of other candidates had good nights that will at least keep their fundraising up even if it won’t lift them in the polls: Cruz, Paul, Christie. Bush was uneven, but had some real bright spots. Trump ditto but the Trump/Fiorina confrontations hurt him. Kasich was less interesting than in the first debate, full of bromides about unity. Huckabee and Walker seem to be kind of fading away. Carson was not good at all; I’m not sure he was actually worse than the first debate but I kind of expected him to be more coherent now that he’s the front-runner. He just seems slightly stoned to me.
Having said that, my own views about who would make a good President differ greatly from who I think did “well” in the debate. But since there are plenty of people who can defend my substantive views far more ably than I can, I will not bore anyone who reads this with my opinions. (Though I suspect from my tweets you can guess…)