I am not a fan of watching political debates mostly because nothing is accomplished. The moderators have an agenda to get the candidates to fight amongst themselves and the candidates are solely focused on delivering their practiced messages and one liners.
Watching the most recent debate that opinion has not changed. However, I was impressed with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Governor Christie came off as the adult in the room. He was measured in his responses and did a good job highlighting why a Governor makes a better choice for president than a senator or congressman. After watching Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Cruz spar and posture instead of talking policy he said “If your eyes are glazed over like mine, this is what it’s like to be on the floor of the Senate.”
He has a point. I think most Americans are tired of listening to rhetoric and long for someone who will do something. He is growing on me but I am not sold on him yet.
Senator Cruz appears to have the right leadership qualities to be president. The mainstream media labels him as “too conservative” but I make it a habit to draw my own conclusions. I never trust anything from the mainstream media because they all have an agenda. If you read Senator Cruz’s position papers and see the legislation he has introduced you will get a better understanding of him.
Plus, the Republican Establishment hates him which is another reason to love him. Whenever the mainstream media, and both established political parties don’t like someone – that’s reason enough to know that person has potential.
It seems the Republican Establishment’s new darling is Senator Marco Rubio now that it’s evident to everyone not named Bush that Governor Jeb Bush should go away. Senator Rubio is a safe choice for the Republican Party because it believes he’s controllable where Senator Cruz is not.
Senator Rubio will have a hard time convincing conservative Republicans he’s one of them so faces a tough assignment to get through the Primaries. The conventional wisdom is play to the extremes in the primaries and to the center in the general election.
It appears Senator Rubio is too liberal to get through the primaries and Senator Cruz is too conservative for a general election. A true leader would be able to straddle both worlds but most true leaders stay true to themselves and do not pander. Let’s see which candidate stops pandering and starts leading.
It seemed to me that Donald Trump finally had a bad moment when he allowed a whiny Governor Bush to get under his skin at one point in the debate. I think I actually saw him turning red with anger and his dismissive antics when other candidates are speaking will eventually wear thin on the American public. Do we really want a president that will say “nah-nah-nana- nah” when a world leader is speaking?
America would be proud to have a class act like Dr. Ben Carson as president. He is the polar opposite of President Obama and would instantly reverse the race relations damage he created. However, his naiveté was painfully on display when speaking on foreign relations. We cannot have another Novice in Chief. The current one still hasn’t learned the ropes.
The other candidates need to accompany Governor Bush out the door. Senator Rand Paul is a joke and makes a fool of himself every time he speaks. In my opinion, Carly Fiorina came off as shrewish and had her worst showing in the debates and someone should tell Governor John Kasich to speak with his mouth not his hands.
The bottom line is Governor Christie, and senators Rubio and Cruz offer the best candidates to lead the nation.