Many viewers may have been left underwhelmed. Many viewers may say that a couple of the bottom seven should have replaced one or two of those 10.
Earlier in the day, two on the bottom rung did much better and looked more suited to be on the top rung. Those two were Carly Fiorina, the only GOP female in the race, and Jim Gilmore, who just joined the race this week.
For me there was only one among the 10 who could be labeled an all-star – Ohio Governor John Kasich. Kasich, who joined the competition last week and whose state hosted the debate, acquitted himself quite well.
His best response came to a question from Megyn Kelly about if one of his children came to him and said he/she were gay and wanted to marry his/her partner what he would do.
But that is not why I believe he was the only all-star. It was his over all demeanor and responses to the questions.
What Kasich said on the issue of same-gender marriage was that he would love his daughters no matter what they did. Love is what matters in Kasich opinion.
The big kahuna, Donald Trump, did not help himself when he refused right out of the starting gate to refuse to pledge not to run as an independent and would not pledge to support the nominee if it was not himself.
Throughout the debate, Trump came across as condescending and did not answer questions directly. Almost immediately Rand Paul jumped on Trump – but he was the only one to go after The Donald.
Paul accused Trump of buying politicians, hedging his bets with the Clintons (Hillary and Bill).
The rest of the candidates stood there looking sheepish.
Bush seemed to stay above the fray, but boring. He answered questions succinctly, but did not strike a spark.
Paul also went after Chris Christie, who did not back down, over the issue of bulk collection of data. Christie inferred Paul lived in a fantasy land while Paul said Christie, a former US Attorney, did not understand the 4th Amendment.
Dr. Ben Carson gave his best line toward the end of the debate when he said that it was time to move on from defining people by race. Carson came across as knowledgeable, but there was no fire in his bones, for me.
Marco Rubio did seem smart and up on his answers. He did not have a water moment. He came across as more vice presidential to me.
Scott Walker was a disappointment. I had expected him to be more of a firebrand. Instead what I saw was more of another politician talking to the people and answering the questions. He did not stumble, but he did not inspire.
Then we have Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. Both came across as rebels who seemed out of touch with the majority of America.
The least likeable to me was Trump. He seemed to purse his lips and look smug through most of the debate. He bragged about giving money to politicians, including Hillary Clinton.
This is not a man, I believe, we want in the White House, answering the 3 a.m. call or talking to world leaders such as Vladimir Putin.
From the Desert with my feet planted firmly in the Cornfield, it is going to be a long slog until the first caucus and primary.
We didn’t get a lot substance.
We didn’t get a lot of assurance.
We didn’t get a lot to rebut the Clinton locomotive or even the Sanders train.
What we did get was to see that at least two of the bottom tier need to move to the top tier.
In my opinion, Trump needs to leave. Huckabee, Paul and Cruz need to rethink if this is the best competition for them this time around.
And before I close, who got the most talk time?
Here is the breakdown according to NPR:
FINAL Talk Times:
1 Trump 10:30
2 Bush 8:33
3 Huckabee 6:32
4 Carson/Cruz 6:28
6 Kasch 6:25
7 Rubio 6:22
8 Christie 6:03
9 Walker 5:43
10 Paul 4:51