My impression from the debate is nine of the candidates and probably all of the ones from the earlier debate, had their talking points down firmly. They had been told what they better say if they want big donations. They said it-- one right after another. Oh, a few like Kasich tempered it but the view is the same--
Build a wall across southern border √
do not pay for wall across southern border √
do not negotiate with Iran to block their acquiring nukes √
go to war with Iran √
do not pay for war with Iran √
back into war in Iraq and wherever else it is profitable for industry here √
less government (except for wars or personal choices) √
i.e. no regulations for environment or campaign finances √
but regulate abortion and make personhood law of land √
criminalize abortion √
gay marriage is bad, amendment banning would be good (but we love our families ) √
health care for everyone is bad √
unless it's us or our families √
Obama is bad √
Hillary is worse √
I could go on, but you get the gist. There is not one possible Republican I could vote for based purely on the issues. I listened to them for two hours and just find it amazing that half the country wants what they are promising which is less personal freedom, less concern for the poor, no help with health care, and more wars.
And then there is Trump. There was no doubt in my mind that the demand had gone out to Fox that they should take him out. While they did not ask Jeb Bush about his own questionable business dealings, those were front and center where it came to Trump. Jeb Bush sold out to lobbyists to get his fortune = good. The fact that Trump slyly used our own laws (laws he himself pointed out aren't good) = bad.
Limbaugh had said ahead of this debate that he'd been told the oligarchs had ordered the candidates to take Trump out. He said he wondered if they'd dare do it. Well, they didn't, but the Foxies did or tried to. They did it with not asking him policy questions but instead went for the personal. They had the power, and they used it by taking up 1/3 of the two hours with their pointed questions where they pontificated. IF I had forgotten how much I dislike Fox, that debate would have reminded me. I just saw my last Republican debate, but am glad I watched this one. Seeing more would be like hitting myself over the head with a hammer.
There was not one man on that stage (or woman earlier, given what I know about Fiorina) that I could vote for and that includes Trump but not for the reasons the Foxies tried to convince the American people. It's his thin skin. That would cause a LOT of grief in a President. Look at how Obama is constantly attacked. IF he felt he had to attack back, get revenge, how would that work? Thin skin might be fine in a property developer, casino owner, multi-billionaire, or entertainer-- not good at all in a man with his finger on the button. I don't think Trump would go to war with bombs over that thin skin, but it makes him easy to manipulate.
I also do not believe any CEO type would make a good President. I know it sounds good-- they made their fortune and can make ours. But they are used to issuing orders, not compromising. We have too little ability right now of the right and left to work together for the good of the nation. There'd be less with a Trump in the power seat.
But he was right to not promise to support any Republican who gets the nomination. How could he if he thinks he might run as an independent? I think that question is when they decided to go for blood with him. If he had agreed, the questions he'd have gotten might've been very different.
Now for righties-- here's the dilemma. Do they support Fox in this as Fox is out to get Trump due to the ones who run it? Do righties give up their favorite station for its bashing of the left and Obama? Because Trump is on his own now with only one path to the White House-- as an independent, he might hang around for awhile in the Republican primaries; but if the Fox viewers are as brainwashed as many of us believe they are, he can't get the nomination. They are the voters and will be dictated to as much as the commentators Thursday night were. It would be interesting.
As for me, I'll be voting Democrat and just hope for the best as to who that will be. It's not like I am happy right now either.