It’s highly questionable whether anyone emerged as the winner in Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Detroit, though the candidates’ spinmeisters would all quibble with that. There was one clear loser: the Grand Old Party.
The 11th debate of the Republican campaign tested the patience and the limits of viewers and voters. Insults and interruptions overwhelmed sober discussion. The raucous audience, now a staple of the GOP debates, only added to the sense of game-show politics.
Can anyone credibly suggest that the Republicans put their collective best face forward on Thursday night? At a time when the party is in crisis over the possibility that Donald Trump will become the nominee, the debate did next-to-nothing to make Trump or his three remaining candidates look or sound presidential.
Designed to define candidates’ differences, the debates have become tedious and repetitious rather than enlightening or illuminating. No new information was imparted, no truly new arguments advanced. Even the insults were tiresome.
At what point are they going to stop with these debates? The GOP is going to run itself into the ground. The debate was boring, exhausting, and accomplished nothing.
The audience was raucous. The booing, hissing, sounded like they were attending a professional wrestling match rather than a debate to inform the American people. The only winners seemed to be Gov. Kasich and the Fox News anchors.
Katich at least tried to discuss substance and act like he wasn’t on a third grade playground. The Fox News anchors asked well-thought out, substantive questions–that the candidates basically ignored.
I never thought I would be praising the Foxies. Today I am. Its like someone assigned them the worst class in the world to manage and then left town.
It was perfectly awful. I found myself wishing like Hell the event was over and yet scared to turn it off just in case I missed the most horrible behavior to ever occur. These events cannot continue to go on. Is there anything that can stop it? Obviously Romney was not such a hot idea.
Any political event that starts off dealing with the penis size of one of the candidates (make no mistake, that is EXACTLY what Trump was talking about!) has no chance of being anything but a cheap circus. After that, intro, there was no hope for anything better. How could “short-fingered vulgarian” have sunk so far?