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Ruth Marcus is one of the few people not worried about a particular Republican candidate this week. She’s worried about them all.
One of the 10 Republicans who debated Wednesday night is going to end up as the party’s nominee. None of them looked like presidential material.
That theme was sounded early on, when Ohio Gov. John Kasich swatted away the first question — what is your biggest weakness? — by addressing the larger weakness of the field: “My great concern is that we are on the verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job.”
Indeed. The two manifestly unqualified front-runners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, were remarkably muted. Trump simply repeated his, yes, comic-book version of a presidential campaign — huge wall, huge tax cut, huge Trump smarts — except when
was shamelessly denying he had said what was in his own immigration plan.
Marcus does single out both Carson and Rubio for their “answers” in he debate, including a terrific example of how Carson attempted to turn every question, no matter how far afield, into the same talking point about government regulation.
And of course, all the GOP candidates were so upset about people actually asking them questions that didn’t implicitly acknowledge their talking points in advance that they didn’t just threaten to take their ball and go home, they’ve promised to only play on friendly courts. That’s just the kind of tough, can-do attitude we want in a president.
Come on in. I fell forward. Or backward. Or I don’t really remember except that I got up and it was ten till five and I didn’t have the APR done and… just come on in.