The Reverend


While The Donald was up the street raising $6 million for 22 veterans groups...and joined on stage by Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.......the other also-ran Clowns were welcomed to the GOP's 7th "debate" by Megyn Kelly.... who immediately began asking questions about....Trump...



Kelly: Senator Cruz, before we get to the issues, let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. Donald Trump has chosen not to attend this evening's presidential debate. What message do you think that sends to the voters of Iowa?



Kelly: you praised Mr. Trump as somebody who you thought was an effective voice against the Washington cartel. You said you were glad that he was running as a Republican. But when he started to criticize you, your message changed, and you suddenly started to portray him as the voice of the Washington cartel, and suggested he would do the Democrats' bidding. Which is it?



Wallace: The campaign has in a sense turned into a battle for the soul of the Republican party: establishment versus grassroots, pragmatic versus principle. You say that you can unite all of the factions inside the GOP. How?



Baier: Governor Bush, it's hard for anyone of your pedigree to avoid being called establishment. But isn't that part of the problem in this race, that three others on this stage are splitting the main stream Republican vote and there by possibly handing this nomination over to an anti-establishment candidate?



The first portion of the Trumpless "debate" was dedicated to the divide in the Republican Party. Fox, of course, is corporate media's GOP network....but a presidential primary debate is supposed to inform audiences about why U.S. citizens would want to vote for this or that candidate for president....not about what they think is wrong with the Republican Party.



The rest of the Fox event was simply a retreading effort. Nothing of significance was offered by any candidate. It was all the same old, same old. I think, the "debate" was, by far, the worst one.....and that's saying something.



Here are some prime examples of the nonsense.....



Rubio ...."And if we capture any of these ISIS killers alive, they are going to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and we're going to find out everything they know, because when I'm president, unlike Barack Obama, we will keep this country safe."



Translation: We're going to expand American torture programs.



Rubio....ISIS is the most dangerous jihadist group in the history of mankind.



Observation: What about the history of the cosmos? Is ISIS the most dangerous jihadist group in the almost-4 billion year old universe? Rubio is simply an awful panderer.



Jeb: We shouldn't have the war fighters have their arms tied behind their back as President Obama wanted to do,....Get the lawyers off the damn backs of the military once and for all.



Good grief. Haven't we had enough Cheneyesque horseshite to last us an eternity? This notion....used during the Bushian pushback against Cheney's torture program....that American forces must move in the "shadows" of the "dark side"....and that our soldiers are being restrained somehow...is just nonsense.



Cruz: Chris, I would note that that the last four questions have been, "Rand, please attack Ted. Marco, please attack Ted. Chris, please attack Ted. Jeb, please attack Ted..." A debate actually is a policy issue, but I will say this. Gosh, if you guys ask one more mean question I may have to leave the stage.



Cruz has some of that right.....but he still couldn't hide the fact that he is an annoying  putz.



Rubio: I think the United States military is operating under rules of engagement that are too strict.....and that do not allow us to pursue victory.



So, then,...what? Tactical nukes? Rubio is just terrible. He so wants to be a tough guy....but sigh, he is only a Boy.



This one is my favorite....



Kelly: Governor Christie, you talk a lot about entitlement reform and you say that that's where the federal government can get savings needed to balance the budget. But can you name even one thing that the federal government does now that it should not do at all?



CHRISTIE: How about one that I've done in New Jersey for the last six years. That's get rid of Planned Parenthood funding from the United States of America.



BAIER: Anything bigger than that?



CHRISTIE: Bigger than that? Let me tell you something, when you see thousands upon thousands upon thousands of children being murdered in the womb, I can't think of anything better than that.



The question was about entitlement spending. Christie dodged and diverted that question into a clusterphuck answer about abortion.



Cruz: First of all, we have seen now in six years of Obamacare that it has been a disaster. It is the biggest job-killer in this country. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work, have lost their health insurance, have lost their doctors, have seen their premiums skyrocket.



None of that is actually true. But, then: not surprising.



Kelly repeatedly challenged Rubio on his flip-flop on immigration...then Rubio and Jeb get into it about immigration.



Jeb: .....in 2007 it almost passed when my brother was president of the United States. A bipartisan approach got close. Barack Obama actually had the poison pill to stop it then.



During the W administration, only 12 of the 49 Senate Republicans voted in favor of George W. Bush's comprehensive immigration plan. Republicans dropped the "poison pill"....not Obama.



Finally, one more WTF-are-you-thinking response from Fat Tony....



Christie: And, I'll tell you one other thing, you know why the Republican party will want to take a chance on me? Because they know that Hillary Clinton will never be prosecuted by this justice department, and they're going to want to put a former federal prosecutor on the stage to prosecute her next September. And, there is no one on this stage better prepared to prosecute the case against Hillary Clinton than I am.



I have no idea what the hell Christie was talking about....but then, no one else on stage did either, so there's that.



The winner? The guy who didn't attend. Kong still rules.