Human nature is such that each of us hears what we want to hear and see what we want to see in most situations. This is definitely true when it comes to the realm of politics and political debates. Often our mindset and preconceived notions determine what we perceive.
Last night’s two Republican debates among the 13 candidates for president who participated is a case in point. For supporters of each of the wannabes, they were not disappointed in their candidates’ performance.
For the undecided, each of us heard and saw different things which stood out the most.
There were one-liners and sound bytes galore to choose from in each of the two debates. But it is not the one-liners which stood out the most for me.
For me, my take-aways from both events were:
1. Americans are scared
2. The would-be commander-in-chiefs are not sure what to do to calm Americans fears
3. There will be no 3rd party runs
4. Time to cut and run
More than angry, Americans and the candidates are afraid of what shoe will drop next.
Which city, community will be targeted next by radicals?
How do we stop it or can we?
We have suggestions of carpet bombing, negotiations, walls, deportation, banning a religion, troops on the ground with disagreement on how to do any of these things.
Do we disregard the Constitution and personal liberty for the sake of security?
The candidates primarily played to Americans’ fears rather than a call to their more noble natures.
Whether the war on terror, immigration, refugees, the siren call was to strike first rather than being hit at home. Yet our greatest danger appears to be from within more than from without.
It did appear evident to me that the follow candidates need to suspend their candidacies. Now is not their time. Time to leave:
1. George Pataki
2. Mike Huckabee
3. Rick Santorum
4. Rand Paul
5. John Kasich
6. Carly Fiorina
Jim Gilmore, who has been absent from the debates, should have already said, “bye-bye“.
If no good placement in Iowa and New Hampshire in February then these should be cut:
1. Jeb Bush
2. Lindsey Graham
3. Ben Carson
4. Chris Christie
Going forward after the two early states would have three contenders:
1. Donald Trump
2. Ted Cruz
3. Marco Rubio
This is crunch time. It is time to assess and re-evaluate.
While Graham is having no traction in the polls, he continues to best the field in debate performances. Trouble is – no one is listening.
Jeb came alive – finally.
Trump showed humility.
The young bulls – Cruz and Rubio – are the most likely to be on the stage for years to come.
Christie is mounting a come-back.
Rand is Rand, but he is not his father.
Carly is banking too much on her gender.
The doctor is not so good with an audience though great with house calls.
Kasich is from yesterday.
Pataki – who?
Huckabee and Santorum are yesterday’s news.
From the Cornfield, that’s the way it looked as I peered through the corn stalks last night.
Next up on Friday night, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have their snooze fest.