Friday, January 15, 2016

The Pundits Missed The Most Defining Moment Of The GOP Debate

What a great debate held by the Fox Business Network with hosts Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo.  There were substantive questions and substantive answers.  There was conflict and real policy differences exchanged, in sometimes a heated way.  Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were the strongest, while Donald Trump had his best debate so far.  The others did okay, especially Jeb Bush, but I am afraid for all the rest, it is too little, too late.

So, in my opinion, it is clear that there will be three people going forward in real contention for the GOP nomination: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.  And because I am more convinced of that than ever, that plays into my theory I put forth in this blog post about a month ago that the GOP ticket will be Marco Rubio, president with Ted Cruz, vice-president.  My reasoning is stated in "Why The GOP Ticket Will Be Marco Rubio/Ted Cruz." 

After the debate you had the pundits discussing what was the best moment of the debate.  Most, like Charles Krauthammer, picked the moment when Trump responded to Ted Cruz charge that he had "New York values".  And while I agree that was the best moment for Trump in any debate so far, that was not the best moment of the debate.  Nor was the best moment, that some pundits said, of Ted Cruz strong defense against Trump's bogus questioning of Cruz' eligibility to be president.  Both of those may have been good moments in the Trump-Cruz conflicts for each of those candidates, but they weren't the best moment of the debate.

The best moment and the best candidate for the GOP nomination
The best moment of the debate happened right near the beginning of the debate on the very first question asked to Marco Rubio.  It was when, in one sentence, Rubio completely destroyed the legitimacy of the Hillary Clinton presidency and showed that it is Marco Rubio who is by far the best candidate to challenge Hillary Clinton in the general election.  It was the best moment because it defined what these debates are all about -- to help the people choose who would be the best GOP candidate to be our nominee to take on the Democrats.  

A hat/tip to my patriotic brother Dr. Bradley, and to the Marco Rubio You Tube site, for this video.

Best Moment of the South Carolina GOP Debate


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