Ah, yes, it was Republican debate night in America last night. For the fourth time Americans got to see presidential wannabes face each other to talk about the issues in not one, but two debates.
The first debate was among the four candidates the hosts deemed were the bottom tier. Three candidates failed to get on stage – Lindsey Graham, who has been the winner in the bottom tier during the other debates; George Pataki and Jim Gilmore, who has been shut out in all, but one debate.
Competing in the 7 o’clock hour were: Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. For Christie and Huckabee, they had been sent down from the majors and back to the minors after being top tier in the previous three sparrings.
It quickly became evident that what we witnessed in this first debate should aptly be called, The Chris and Bobby Show.
Christie, who once was considered a main contender until a bridge washed out a clear path, clearly won the fight as Jindal came out swinging as only a no-chance to win the title fighter can. The two men dominated the show.
Both Huckabee and Santorum stayed true to their goal of being the social conservatives choice, but were more sideshows to the real tournament event which was the back and forth between the two sitting governors.
While Jindal kept touting his record in Louisiana’s outgoing chief executive and thrashing at his GOP rivals, Christie kept deflecting the punches and jabbing back at presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Jindal did get in a few good jabs at both Christie’s and Huckabee’s expense, it was Christie who kept getting most of the applause from the crowd.
Santorum each time he spoke turned every question into a defense of the family unit, which he said was the cog that kept the American engine running. Huckabee sounded knowledgeable and on point when he received the tag to step into the ring.
But each time the two made a point it was quickly forgotten as the camera was forced to turn back to the real match between Christie and Jindal. When the dust settled, though he remained standing, Jindal was TKO’d by the quicker jabbing Christie.
The win for the night went to Christie. The fighter that first attracted attention was back in form Tuesday night. Question though was it enough?
Coming in next in points would be Huckabee. Huckabee, an Iowa winner in 2008, proved he had not, as so many other politicians, evolved from where he stood seven years ago.
Santorum did not win nor lose, but stood his ground.Sticking to his family argument, Santorum surely was the featured vocalist the members in the Iowa pews were waiting to hear.
Jindal, though passionate, found himself a victim of a Jersey snow plow. Try as he did, he really did not prove his case that he is the only real conservative in the race.
From the Cornfield, we now have a 5-week respite until Republicans once more step into the ring on December 15, when CNN once more hosts the event or events. Do not expect to see any of these four to drop out.
As Santorum pointed out on CNN today when talking with Ashleigh Banfield, he was down with only 2% in the polls in Iowa when he won the state in 2012.