Tag: debate

Enough with the Excuses & Rationalizations

I’ll begin with a few comments about the debate last night, but I will then move on to what I consider to be a more important subject. First, it was satisfying to see Hillary Clinton on the defensive, which is where she should always be. I also didn’t mind seeing women in the audience who have accused Bill Clinton of unwanted sexual advances—rape, in one instance—as well as one who was raped by a man whom Hillary defended in court… Read more »

Debating My Conservatism

I’m going to begin this blog today with what some might consider an audacious comparison, but I hope you won’t misunderstand. In the current political climate, I find myself feeling kind of like how the apostle Paul must have felt when his apostleship was questioned. He had to provide a list of his bona fides to the Corinthians to show that he was the genuine article. That is strange to Christians today because we take Paul’s word as authoritative. Yet… Read more »

Debate Debacle

I did it. I forced myself to watch the debate last night. Well, I’m not sure debate is the proper term for what I witnessed, but I’ll go with the conventional term for now. I will now begin my exercise in futility by offering my take on what happened. Why call it an exercise in futility? Because probably no one’s mind will be changed by what I say today. Minds were made up prior to the debate. No matter what,… Read more »

Last Night’s Miami Showdown

The Republican debate in Miami last night was a substantive event, especially for Cruz and Rubio. They ran rings around Trump when it came to knowledge of policy while he repeated his tired old lines about how everything in a Trump presidency will be “great” and how he will ensure that all the deals he will make will be “good.” Thesaurus anyone? Trying very hard to look presidential, Trump refrained for the first time from interrupting the others (except for… Read more »

Cruz, Trump, & the Turning Tide

How should we analyze the voting in Saturday’s Republican caucuses and primaries? We could do it the conventional way and simply say it was a draw between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz since both won two states. That would also be the superficial way. While I was in the Atlanta airport Saturday evening, I was taken captive by the monitor broadcasting CNN (since Atlanta is the home base for that network). I don’t normally watch CNN because I prefer actual… Read more »

Short Takes on the NH Debate

I’m just going to offer a few thoughts on last night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, taking the candidates in alphabetical order. Jeb Bush: I do believe this was his best debate, particularly when he challenged Trump on eminent domain. For the first time, he didn’t seem cowed and overwhelmed by Trump; he more than held his own. It’s probably too late for him, though. Ben Carson: Unfortunately, he took Iowa personally and it shows. My opinion of him as… Read more »

Random Debate Thoughts

I’m just going to do a bit of stream-of-consciousness writing today with regard to last night’s GOP debate. As thoughts come to me, I’ll put them down in no particular order or preconceived outline. Ted Cruz took the center spot, so he was subject to the greatest scrutiny. Great start with his humorous swipe at Trump, but he mystified me by his complaint about the questions. Was he serious or attempting humor again? If the former, stop complaining. If the… Read more »