At The Financial Times: Edward Luce on the fourth Republican Debate, a comment by Political Reporter

The real point of the evening was that the ‘Debates’ need to be put back in the full control of The League of Women Voters, instead of the hands of the greedy Networks/Cable channels!

I’m sorry to say Mr. Luce has missed in his judgement of Jeb as a loser: he and Kasich seemed like the representatives of political rationalism, while the rest seemed like the Jacobins they are. Trump inhabiting a world of his own desperate imaginings, an unrelenting power fantasy: deporting 11 million people as Kasich pointed out wasn’t an ‘adult response’ to the problem i.e. it is an irrational response.

Cruz’s plan to eliminate 5 and or 4 federal agencies IRS,HUD etc. makes him the Robespierre of this episode of a continuing, yet utterly bizarre political melodrama. Even Rand Paul’s exchange with Rubio on that trillion dollar defense ‘expense’ put Paul in the position of political rationalism. It is hard to keep up with an ideologically fractured Republican Party! What ever happened to the political imperative of the 11th Commandment or the public relations savvy of Reagan’s handlers. Reagan only faltered when he stopped reading from the script, and lapsed into the extemporaneous. These Republicans don’t seem at all coherent, much less have a script.

Political Reporter

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