Dear Commons Community,
Coming on the heels of Mitt Romney’s take-down of Donald Trump yesterday, there was yet another Republican presidential candidates debate last night. It was tame compared to previous ones. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz went at it by getting personal with each other but their exchanges were not quite as nasty as earlier. Here is the New York Times description of some of the action:
“Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, fighting for their political lives, relentlessly demeaned and baited Donald J. Trump at Thursday’s debate, all but pleading with Republicans to abandon a candidate with a long history of business failures, deep ties to the Democratic Party and a taste for personal insults.
Warning that Mr. Trump would lead the party to a historic defeat in November, Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz delivered their attacks with urgency, as if trying to awaken voters who had fallen under Mr. Trump’s spell. Mr. Rubio derided Mr. Trump as untrustworthy and uncivil, while Mr. Cruz bashed him for donating money to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and to other Democrats. Mr. Trump looked on with disgust, but as in their 10 previous debates, he seemed impervious and perhaps unstoppable.
At times, the face-off in Detroit also deteriorated into the kind of junior high school taunts that have startled many Republican elders but have done little to dent Mr. Trump’s broad appeal.”
In my opinion, Trump, Rubio, and Cruz are deeply-flawed candidates. John Kasich remains the only one who appears to have the qualifications to be the Republican nominee but this does not mean he can win the presidential election.