Sep 17, 201501:43 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Plop plop, fizz fizz: Oh, what a debate it is!
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Like the Alka Seltzer commercials used to say (does anyone still take that stuff? It’s hangover medicine, right?): I can’t believe I watched the whole thing. But all three hours of Wednesday night’s CNN presidential debate were immensely entertaining. And edifying.
Thank you, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission!
The camera couldn’t take its close-up lens off The Donald, mugging, turning red, rolling his eyes, high-fiving the “energized” Jeb Bush, commenting “Good one” to an opponent’s zinger. Hey, he’s having fun! Nothing wrong with that.
Jeb would make a fine president but, contrasted with everyone else, he seemed to get lost in the weeds. But whomever is nominated — it won’t be Trump — owes a debt to the self-promoter (his self-named Secret Service code name: “Humble”) for attracting the spotlight our way.
Who won? My scorecard says Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio. Flip that order and I think we’ve got a great Republican ticket: Hispanic son of immigrants, dad a barkeep, mom a maid. Fluent in Spanish and foreign policy. Unflinching, JFK-like assessment of how America survives and prospers in a dangerous world. A “bear any burden” kind of guy. Takes some of the rough edges off the immigration issue.
Carly, a businesswoman, can pack more meat into one minute of stand-up than a dozen teleprompted Obama speeches. I, too, cheered Carly’s retort to The Donald’s churlish comment on her appearance.
“Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” Fiorina made it not just about her but about American women — not a special interest group but the voting majority.
Her summation at the end, of Lady Justice holding the sword because she is a warrior for justice and blindfolded because she plays no favorites as to origins, put some Ronald Reagan poetry into politics. (What an inspired setting for the debate!)
Your Humble Squire dislikes identity politics as much as any conservative. But gender is Hillary’s calling card: her implicit claim that, now that we’ve had the first black president, it’s time for the first female. That, and her foreign policy experience.
Carly and Marco disrupt that meme on both counts. (Carly on Hillary: “Traveling is an activity, not an accomplishment.”) Rubio/Fiorina: The cure for America’s Obama/Clinton hangover.