Political debates aren’t “debates” in any formal sense. And they’re not viewed or judged as debates.
If they were, then the clear winner Wednesday night in Milwaukee was Nikki Haley. She was prepared, logical, pragmatic, confident, quick and unafraid. And I make this assessment as someone who seldom agrees with her. But if that had been a UIL debate competition, Haley cleaned up. She had cogent points and arguments, she expressed them clearly and she backed them up with established facts. And she did that without pandering to the audience. Here’s your blue ribbon, Nikki.
But political debates are not debates. They more resemble kabuki theater performed by clunky dancers. And nobody’s clunkier than the rhythmically challenged Rhonda Santis and Mike Pence, both of whom accomplished exactly nothing. Oy.
Chris Christi started by accurately framing Trump’s conduct as “beneath the office.” Focus on the conduct, he said, rather than on the criminal charges. But Christi then spent the rest of the evening calling his own conduct into question. His endless (and scripted) insults to the admittedly clueless Vivek Ramaswamy crossed over into bullying.
Tim Scott is an interesting man. Not that anyone would have come to that conclusion Wednesday night.
And who were those other folks onstage, and why were they there? Stagehands?
“Debates” aren’t debates. They’re circuses. And as usual under the GOP big-top, the star attraction was the absent Fat Clown.
Rudy’s scowling mug shot may be my favorite photo of the 21st Century. Rudy says if all this can happen to him, it can happen to you. Not if you don’t commit serial felonies. So most of you can relax…
Judge to Mark Meadows and Jeffrey Clark. “Get your weak shit outta here.” And then get your asses to the Fulton County Jail, pronto.
Apocryphal or not, there are stories circulating that gambling degenerates are getting down heavy on whether and when Trump will violate his bond agreement. For entertainment purposes only, I’m gonna say, “Yeah, and very soon.”
Which leaves me with a tough viewing decision tonight.
Donnie v. Fani? Or Falcons v. Steelers?
OMT. You didn’t really think Putin was gonna let all that slide, did you? Chilling.