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Now On: Republican Debate In Houston | Main | Overnight Open Thread (2-25-2016)
February 25, 2016

Debate Thread Two

Because there's a lot of comments.

Good damn debate. Can't say a bad word about the moderators.

Wish Cruz would have pointed out that Mario still won't answer whether he supports legalization.

Because that's Mario's tactic -- always has been. Tells one thing to Spanish audiences, avoids talking about it for Republican audiences.

It's not that he flat-out lies or contradicts himself -- though he does that occasionally. It's just that he absolutely will not give you a straight answer unless you put him into the corner and stake one of his feet to the ground.

Now, I have to add: What Mario just did to the Donald is illegal in 28 states. I have to give it to the Robot: When Robots go berserk, they can do a tremendous amount of damage, and Rubio the Robot just went into Terminator mode.

He had people laughing at Trump. That's a tough thing. You can absorb a criticism, but you can't easily absorb being made a figure of amusement. Especially someone like Trump, who's entire strategy is to project invincibility and inevitability to disguise the fact he really has no idea what he's talking about.

Puncture that, and you've mortally wounded him.

Of course, it's pretty obvious now that Cruz and Rubio agreed beforehand to double-team Trump. They have him in the Malachi Crunch, and Trump is no Fonzie. He's trying to escape the crunch, but he's getting smashed to hell.

The Champ had a glass jaw all along. The key, it turns out, was that you just couldn't have one guy punching at it. Trump's quick-answer-bluster was enough of a defense against one punch.

But not against two.

Further Thoughts: Oh boy trump is doing terribly, and I didn't want to see him do terribly. I kinda like Trump, in a weird way.

But he is getting destroyed, and he just wasn't prepared for it. (Being unprepared is kind of His Thing.)

It's embarrassing.

This is a gamechanger.

The whole race is now reset.

Update: Drew convinced me in the podcast I was way overstating things with the claims that the "race is reset." Eh, at the moment, it seemed like a big deal.

I still think it's a big deal, but Trump's leads in 10 of the 11 Super Tuesday states it's hard to imagine him losing anywhere.

My dream scenario is this: Trump finally starts going after Rubio, on immigration and amnesty, badly hurts Rubio (as Cruz was badly hurt the last couple of weeks), but Trump himself is also hurt by this performance, and My Man Ted sneaks up in the polls.

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