The Republicans are still looking for the right someone to carry their banner into the election next November, and they’re getting a pretty good idea now of who they don’t want. That’s the first step, after all, in making a choice, as any town belle could tell you.
We’re still deep in the season of the outsiders, and Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue as the most successful of the tormentors of the elites. But soon, with the Iowa caucuses approaching, everyone will have to go inside. On the road eventually has to give way to opening night.
The Donald is still the king of blather and bluster, as entertaining and satisfying as ever to the millions who have had it up to here with the backing, filling, evading, dodging and dancing of politicians trying to avoid crunch time. Ben Carson, the family doctor everyone would like to have, has “the vision thing” but he doesn’t say very much about how he can get from here to there with only the vision.
Neither of these two outsiders performed like the kings of the mountain the current polls make them out to be. Nobody can remember much of what the doc said in the second debate. The most memorable line from the Donald was the closest he has ever come to offering an apology to anyone for anything. Carly Fiorina fixed him with her schoolmarm’s icy stare when the moderator described his earlier attempt to say that he didn’t really say her face was “ugly,” only that her persona is ugly. If that was an apology, delivered secondhand, she was having none of it: “I think the women all over this country heard what Mr. Trump said.” This got the loudest and longest applause of the night.
When Mr. Trump tried to make fresh amends, telling the audience that “she’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman,” the expression on the beautiful woman’s face did not change. The ice instantly froze the Donald, who was left to look and sound like a creep accustomed to courting women with cash, not the tender compliments the feminists insist they hate but real women covet.
His other bad-manners moment was …Read More