Happily, CNN's strategy was not entirely effective, as many candidates eventually got a chance (or created one) to actually advance policy ideas and demonstrate their knowledge about a variety of important issues. Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie were particular standouts, with most of the other candidates holding their own.
But of course, Donald Trump was the center of attention - and frankly, Hope n' Change doesn't think he scored any better in this debate than he did the last one (of which we opined "he basically stunk up the stage"). Not that the after-debate polls didn't score him favorably - people are still going crazy (perhaps literally) over his bombastic dog and pony show.
To be sure, Trump has provided a hugely valuable service by throwing political correctness out the window to identify real problems, talking back to the press, and giving a voice to voters who feel betrayed by both political parties.
It continues to be clear that Trump is running on personality rather than substance; exhibiting a contagiously appealing vagueness mirroring that used by Barack Obama back in 2008. A phenomenon which we call "Yes We Can-sis." But, Toto, America is not in "Yes We Can-sis" anymore...or at least, it shouldn't be. Platitudes make for frighteningly flimsy platforms.
Make no mistake: Hope n' Change would enthusiastically vote for any of the GOP candidates, including Trump, rather than any of the nightmare choices being offered up by the Left. But we're frankly concerned by the idea that Americans increasingly seem to be unable to tell the difference between "reality TV" and reality itself.
BONUS: TICK TOCK TECH TALK
Following a misunderstanding in which a Muslim high school student was briefly arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school which looked (to concerned authorities) like a bomb, Barack Obama has invited the lad to the White House in order to highlight the stupidity and racism of people who think that Muslims and/or bombs could ever present a threat to anyone.
The boy, Ahmed Mohamed, did nothing wrong bringing his invention to school. Hope n' Change believes that authorities also did nothing wrong in being suspicious of a device which looks nothing like a clock (and perhaps wasn't meant to), and is in fact a circuit board, power source and tangle of wires which would function quite nicely as a timed detonator if that had been the intent.
|Sure! It's a clock! Yeah - that's the ticket!|
After all, one doesn't have to think very far back to remember another seemingly harmless Muslim kid who didn't get arrested for carrying a backpack containing an innocent-looking pressure cooker to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Until, of course, it was too late.