The consensus of the talking heads is that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner in last night’s Democratic debate. But some focus groups and online polls suggested that Bernie Sanders held his own. Clearly, she did better last night than she has so far in her controversy-mired campaign. There were some sharp exchanges, but none of the other candidates managed to damage her. In one sense, Clinton prevailed because her opponents were so weak. For example, conservative commentator Erick Erickson observed, “I’m still amazed the other four candidates made Hillary Clinton come off as the likable, reasonable, responsible Democrat.” National
Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate — a three-hour marathon with 11 candidates — was quite a show. Preliminary numbers suggest that 20 million people tuned in. Prior to last night, CNN’s highest rated presidential primary debate featured Obama and Clinton battling it out in January 2008 with just over 8 million viewers. That tells you something. There is a lot of energy among conservatives and interest in the GOP candidates. How much is due to Donald Trump’s presence on the stage? All of the candidates had their moments last night and no one was seriously hurt. Trump was clearly dodging attacks
Mary, those were great, but don’t forget Fiorina’s comments on Vladimir Putin. Fiorina did two things in her remarks on Putin. First, she showed that Donald Trump provided little substance in his answer about Putin. He basically said, “I’ll get along with him. I’ll get along with everybody. It’ll be great.” Secondly, Fiorina demonstrated that she was well versed on foreign policy issues: Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn’t talk to him at all. We’ve talked way too much to him. What I would do, immediately, is begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense program in
It is becoming very possible that Donald Trump might win the GOP nomination. He’s led the polls consistently since before the Fox News debate, and he’s poised to hold that lead into the conceivable future, although Ben Carson is starting to close the gap. Still, there are constituencies in the GOP base that are uneasy about The Donald. He could help himself a lot in tonight’s CNN debate by saying these three things: 1.) “I’m very, very pro-life. As President, I will defund Planned Parenthood, and I will sign a 20 week ban on abortion into law.” Who Does It
Jeb Bush’s August 11th speech at the Reagan Presidential Library laid out a six-point blueprint for driving the remaining Christians out of Syria — unintentionally, perhaps, but effectively nonetheless. Each element of his plan for Syria was contrary to the interests of those beleaguered Christians. A point-by-point discussion of the plan and its defects is published here. Scott Walker gave a decidedly less substantive speech on the same subject at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on August 28th, which also embraced policies contrary to the interests of Syria’s Christians. By way of background, the Christian population of Syria was roughly two million
“Most Iraqis believe the Islamic State was created by the United States.” This observation was made not by a conspiracy theorist, but by an Orthodox priest who along with his whole Christian village was forced to flee Daesh (as the Islamic State is known by Iraqis) into the safe haven of Kurdistan. He told me this on Wednesday as we spoke in a Kurdish village in the mountains of far-north Iraq, not far from the Iraqi-Turkish border. I had come here to learn of the condition of the Christian refugees and to explore ways to help the Christian Church in exile.