First, nearly everyone, including the left-wing media, agrees that the real losers of last night’s debate were the moderators from CNBC. Even Vanity Fair, which has never been any kind of right-wing stronghold, immediately after the debate published an article titled “How CNBC Lost Its Own GOP Debate”.
CNBC‘s questions were so pointed that, at times, it seemed the moderators were more interested in participating in the debate than moderating it, which left little time to talk substantive issues, as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out:
“The questions that have been asked so far in the debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. You look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”
And, Cruz was right, which earned him thunderous applause from those watching. But, there were a few other great lines from the event that excited the crowd and showed that, when united, Republicans were a force to be reckoned with. Here were a few other favorite moments from the debate.
When asked about his faults, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee referred moderators to his wife who could probably point them out:
“…My wife is down in the front, and I’m sure if you would like to talk to her later, she can give you more than you will ever be able to take care of.”
When moderators pointed out that the Florida newspaper, the Sun Sentinel, called for him to resign for missing Senate votes to run for President, Rubio responded that the newspaper had endorsed Democratic Presidential candidates who had missed more Senate votes than he had. (He’s talking about Obama.)
Women cheered when Fiorina called out Hillary Clinton as a hypocrite for being bad for women:
“…every single policy she espouses and every single policy of President Obama’s has been demonstrably bad for women.”
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush offered to kiss any Democrat who was interested in cutting government spending:
“You find a Democrat that is for cutting spending ten dollars, I’ll give them a warm kiss.”
No word on whether any Democrats have taken him up on his offer.
The crowd loved when Rubio compared the biased mainstream media to a super PAC for Democrats because of the way the media spun Hillary Clinton’s testimony as a positive event after she had been caught in a big fat lie:
“Some of the Democrats have the ultimate super PAC – they’re called the mainstream media.”
Carly Fiorina read everyone’s mind about the potential Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton
cage match debate:
“In your heart of hearts, you cannot wait to see a debate between Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton.”
All in all, last night was a bad night for the media and a bad night for Democrats. And, it didn’t get any better today either because this morning Democrats woke up after that debate, turned on their MSNBC, and saw that Republicans were unifying to elect Rep. Paul Ryan Speaker of the House.