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Lewyn Addresses America

A little politics, a little urbanism- I also blog 100 percent on urbanism at https://www.planetizen.com/user/63 and http://www.cnu.org/blog/194

  • 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…)

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    Best closing statement by far: Bush, oddly. Simple, clear message: 4% growth. Everyone else rambled.

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    Christie on climate change: we had more solar, nuclear in NJ and so we don’t need more regulations

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    Christie repeating “pot as a gateway drug” arguments from 1980s- I feel like I’m in an antique shop.

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    Did Jeb Bush agree with Paul on pot (at least for Colorado)? I think my head is spinning.

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    Fiorina: “everyone must know” US is no. 1 military- I think everyone does who isn’t running for President

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    Kasich calls for “calling out” ISIS – phrase makes it sound like an argument between college students

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    Paul: “There will always be a Bush or Clinton to vote for” if you want war in Iraq (or a Rubio, I would add)

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    Did Carson just say if we focused on energy independence al-Qaeda would just go away? Bin Laden in oil-free Pakistan

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    Trump: “I’m a very militaristic person”.

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    Bush says only Republican pool of foreign policy experts from his relatives’ administrations. Oy.

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    Christie: “I will prosecute her (Hillary Clinton) during the debates.”

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    Walker evades question on minimum wage

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    Gov. to tycoons: unemployed “could care less about your careers.”

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    Cruz says he’s the only anti-amnesty candidate

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    Trump says “we have to have assimilation”- wonder how his Jewish daughter sees THAT

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      Jeb Bush says he’s for “Reagan approach”- wasn’t Reagan for amnesty?

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      Fiorina having great night- she’s real good with sound bites

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      Fiorina had a audience-pleasing Planned Parenthood response: fiery style, no shutdown

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      Ted Cruz wants to shut down the govt over $500 million out of a trillion dollar budget? Seriously?

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      Bush sounds boring but right on church, state, Kim Davis etc

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      Fiorina: Vladimir Putin is “someone we should not talk to”. Really?

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      Trump actually favors getting along with foreigners- a dangerous position in today’s Republican Party

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      Did moderator just call Assad a U.S. enemy? Isn’t ISIS our enemy?

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      Bush showing energy, Trump humor

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      Christie: “I wake up every morning as an outsider ” as a R in NJ

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      Walker has great line: “We don’t need an apprentice in the White House. We have one now.”

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      Fiorina wisely refuses to take bait when asked about whether Trump can handle nukes

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      Jindal ranting about “idea of America” – real loser of debate as far as I am concerned

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      Jindal says there are jobs “Christians not allowed to have” – really? How does he define Christian?

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