The First Presidential Debate: The Liar and The Lout


The first debate between the two least-admired nominees in electoral memory was a puerile display; an embarrassing 90 minute bum fight detrimental to the viewing public and inimical to a Republic which once had higher standards. At the end of 90 minutes, it is clear that Trump knows little to nothing about foreign policy, global economics and … Continue reading The First Presidential Debate: The Liar and The Lout

The Moment Ted Cruz Made His Case for Nomination


The moment that Ted Cruz won the GOP Debate in Detroit and made his case for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party occurred when Cruz looked into the camera and speaking to the American people, and with Trump supporters directly, said the following: Courtesy of The Weekly Standard:

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 11 – Detroit, MI


  My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Talking times via NPR news Ted Cruz  (Talking time - 17:04) Was. On. Fire. Very strong attacks on Trump's positions and record. Had the best line of the night when he said that "Donald has a tenuous relationship with the truth." Great takes on pointing out … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 11 – Detroit, MI

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 10 – Houston, TX


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: The Knockdown in H-Town This assessment will be a bit different from previous debate scorecards. It is clear now that the contest is a 3-man race; Cruz, Rubio and Trump. Governor Kasich and Dr. Carson are essentially non-entities merely taking up stage space, so for the purposes … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 10 – Houston, TX

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 9 – Greenville, SC


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: First and foremost; having only 6 candidates on stage really opened up the debate. Without the unnecessary distractions of has-been, wannabe candidates crowding the stage and chewing up valuable time, the remaining field was able to engage the issues and each other; which is what led … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 9 – Greenville, SC

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 8 – Manchester, NH


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Talking times via NPR news & Betsy Woodruff First of all, the opening introduction of the candidates by the ABC News moderators was badly - badly - bungled. Candidates either didn't hear their names being called, or they were being called out-of-order, and so they came … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 8 – Manchester, NH

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 7 – Des Moines, IA


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Marco Rubio did extremely well as the winner of the debate. His very good answers on a range of issues; Hillary Clinton's complete lack of qualifications for the presidency, immigration, and rational foreign policy served to distinguish him from the lower tier of competition. His statement that Iran's leaders want to hold America … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 7 – Des Moines, IA

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 6 – N. Charleston, SC


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Ted Cruz did extremely well, with a bit of an uneven performance. While he has become the candidate best positioned to represent the Conservative / Liberty / Tea Party elements of the party, and is a darling of the evangelical wing, his ability to counter Rubio, while keeping Trump at bay … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 6 – N. Charleston, SC

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 5 – Las Vegas


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Ted Cruz did extremely well. He has positioned himself as the tea party outsider and evangelical favorite, countering Rubio, who is now atop the polls of establishment favorites. His confrontation with Rubio on immigration, data sweeps by intelligence agencies and regime change in the Middle East, set the stage for the debate Conservatives … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 5 – Las Vegas

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 4


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Ted Cruz was very impressive and strong. He consistently offered substantive answers on complex questions, highlighting his extensive knowledge on the issues. His delivery - when not too packaged - is forthright and on-point. He did best when attacking the crony corporatism in big government, and … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 4

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 3


My personal assessment of the GOP debate - Main Event: Marco Rubio Excellent performance. Memorable, passionate and smart answers to questions that allowed him to really distinguish himself. His confrontation with Jeb Bush may have delivered the needed mortal blow to the former Governor's campaign. His epic take-down of Hillary Clinton and her mainstream media toadies, publicly … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 3

Houston Young Republicans Debate Watch Party – September 16, 2015


The Houston Young Republicans gathered at Karbach Brewery to watch the second primetime GOP debate of 2015 on CNN, graciously hosted by Brenda Stardig. Local Telemundo Noticias affiliate, channel 47 was there to broadcast the observations and insights of several members, including myself, Temo Muniz, Sandi Steinbacher, and Chris Busby, but only Temo made the cut. Great job … Continue reading Houston Young Republicans Debate Watch Party – September 16, 2015

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 2


My personal assessment of the GOP debates - Main Event & Undercard combined: Carly Fiorina proved conclusively that she should not only belonged on the main stage, but may well be worthy of a spot on the GOP ticket. Possibly even at the top. Sharp. Smart. Supremely confident. Passionate. She looked presidential, well-informed, non-establishment and tough, commanded the stage … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 2

Houston Young Republicans Debate Watch Party – Aug. 6, 2015


The Houston Young Republicans gathered at Lucky's Pub in the Heights to watch the first, primetime GOP debate of 2015, graciously hosted by Roy Morales, candidate for City Council At-Large Position 4. Local Fox News affiliate, channel 26 was there to broadcast the observations and insights of several members, including myself, Sandi Steinbacher and John … Continue reading Houston Young Republicans Debate Watch Party – Aug. 6, 2015

Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 1


My personal assessment of both GOP debates - Undercard and Main Event: Carly Fiorina proved conclusively that she should not only have been on the main stage, but may well be worthy of a spot on the GOP ticket. Possibly even at the top. Sharp. Smart. Supremely confident. Rick Perry needed to do much better to win the … Continue reading Scoring the GOP Debates – Round 1