Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oh, Those Debating Republicans

Gail Collins, NYT
OCT. 29, 2015

On his way into the big presidential debate, Ben Carson told reporters his plan was “to be me.” Excellent idea — way better than planning to be Chris Christie.

“We are on the verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job!” cried Gov. John Kasich of Ohio at the moment the contest began. Kasich had actually been asked to name his biggest weakness, but the thought of Carson’s tax plan and Donald Trump’s immigration plan seemed to send him a little off topic.

“He was so nice, he was such a nice guy,” sneered Trump at Kasich’s howling. “But then his poll numbers tanked.”

Hard to believe the race is still barely beginning — one week until one year until presidential Election Day! But you can’t say things have been boring. “What the hell are you people doing to me?” Trump demanded in Iowa, where he’s no longer in the lead. Perhaps we will look back on this as the moment when the former star of “The Apprentice” fired a state.

But about Wednesday night’s debate — the topic was economics, and the big takeaway was probably that when there are 10 people onstage, nobody is going to have to explain how that flat tax plan adds up. When in doubt, complain about government regulations.

(More here.)

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