Didn’t watch the ‘debates’, of course, had no intention of staying up till 5 in the morning to do so, so I’m just trying to figure it out from various news articles and comments on my facebook page, where I have, apparently, a few right wingers.
That is partially a function of my “Poems About Paintings” page. If I use somebody’s artwork, I add them as a friend, and there is no direct connection I between artistic talent and political inclination.
In a way, it’s a good thing. If I had only people who agreed with me on the page, then it would be too easy to forget about the huge number of people who actually think Trump is a stand-up guy, and I would be blindsided more often when stupid people get elected.
The big winners, looking at it through the narrow lens of who was actually there, were Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina. Megyn Kelly’s question about Trump’s rude comments about women was hailed by liberals (conveniently forgetting who Megyn Kelly works for), but Trump hit it out of the park, making it a joke about Rosie O’Donnell and a slam on political correctness. Political correctness is the Nickelback of political terms. People like to hate it, without even really knowing what it is.
Carly Fiorina (the Demon Sheep lady) apparently owned the lower tier, by hating on Hillary Clinton the most. She probably also benefited by being the only woman in the whole bunch. If she gains enough in the polls to reach the top ten, who will go out. Carson? Kasich?
Looked at through the broader lens, the winner of last night’s debate was the Democratic party. Republicans are quite clear that they don’t want anybody with political experience, a coherent program, or a clue what’s going on. And that’s what they will get.