Bare-Knuckles Brawl

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I chose Thursday night to watch my regular shows on NBC rather than tune in to the Republican prime time debate. I decided to wait and watch it later.

While the delay did mean that I missed out on what turned out to be the liveliest debate yet, I have no regrets on choosing to delay.

What the debate revealed was that it is an all-out free-for-all for the top spot between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Neither of these two fill me with excitement to cast my vote. Instead I have trepidation that one of these two will end up in the Oval Office.

Also revealed was that there is a genuine struggle for the establishment position between John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Chris Christie is trying, but outside of New Hampshire has little shot at the position.

As to Dr. Ben Carson, he has become an also-ran before any votes have been cast. Like I said about the bottom-tiered candidates – Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum – it is time to fold the tent and go home.

Cruz made the case that he is a “natural born” American. Trump showed New York pride invoking how New Yorkers and the nation came together following 9/11.

Rubio hit Cruz on his Senate record as well as Christie on his changing positions over the years.

Bush and Kasich kept touting their resumes. Not sure if in this election cycle anyone cares about yesterday, but more on tapping into the anger and anguish Joe and Jane Citizen are feeling.

The winners were clearly the top three: Trump, Cruz and Rubio.

Holding ground were: Bush and Kasich.

Losing ground was: Christie.

Wash out describes Carson. From the Cornfield, there is still one more Republican debate before Iowans caucus.

Will anyone face the facts and call it a day before January 28, three days before voting?

Probably not, unfortunately.

Sunday night, Democratic wannabes will face the music.

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Mark

Father, grandfather, political pundit - I am Mark Ivy. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters: Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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