Tonight’s CNN Republican Presidential Debate Was An Embarrassment To The United States

Heading into Super Tuesday on March 1st, the stakes could not have been higher going into Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate. With four states down, and Donald Trump running away with it thus far, the GOP seems to be in full panic mode to do whatever they can to try to topple the candidate who seems incapable of being defeated by pesky things like facts, truth or reality.

Though with Trump on the cusp of what could be an insurmountable lead if his wins continue on Super Tuesday, tonight was the night either Rubio or Cruz were going to have to do something to stand out otherwise they don’t stand a chance of overtaking Trump.

Right off the bat it almost seemed as if Rubio and Cruz were ordered by the RNC to go after Trump. Which, as I’ve said before, is an extremely risky move by the party because I don’t think it would take much for him to run as an independent candidate if he feels that he was treated “unfairly.”

The problem is, at this point, is there really a way to “take out” Trump? This is not someone who’s built his campaign on facts or remotely being honest. Even though he repeats his lies about China and Mexico – it doesn’t matter. The only “truth” many Trump supporters care about is whatever he says.

That being said, Trump looked rattled tonight. With Rubio clearly memorizing a few pre-planned attacks on “The Donald,” at times he did seem to fluster the current GOP presidential frontrunner. On the other hand, Rubio smiling like a buffoon anytime he felt he took a good jab at Trump made him look like an idiot. While I’m sure many might say Rubio looked “strong,” I simply thought he played his pre-rehearsed attacks at the proper times and then acted juvenile when they were a hit with the crowd.

Trump certainly looked weaker than normal tonight, but nothing he ever does seems to hurt him much so I’m done predicting the “downfall of Trump.” Until he starts losing several states, I’m still going to be skeptical of anything “bringing him down.”

As for Marco Rubio, he did well. Though it’s clear he’s completely built upon pre-planned talking points and attacks. While he typically delivers them well (aside from the childish smiling anytime he got the audience to cheer one of his attacks on Trump), it’s blatantly obvious that everything he says is something he’s practiced beforehand. If you’re someone who has hope that Rubio can become “the guy” and overtake Trump in the polls, you were probably pretty happy with his performance this evening.

Then there’s Ted Cruz. There’s really not a whole lot to say about Cruz. He’s someone who’s essentially every bit as dishonest as Trump and as scripted as Rubio. Ted Cruz says the same thing in each and every one of these debates. He has his talking points, forcibly taps on the podium whenever he’s trying to make a “forceful point” and regurgitates most of the same lies he’s said in the past. Right now it’s obvious the RNC wants Cruz to drop out hoping it helps Rubio overtake Trump. And the truth is, unless Rubio does something catastrophic, there’s no way Cruz overtakes him as “the guy” who can challenge Trump for the top spot among Republican candidates.

As for John Kasich and Ben Carson – who cares. With all due respect, neither of these men have any business still being in this race. Though I will give Ben Carson props for getting in the line of the night as Trump, Cruz and Rubio were screaming over each other, begging somebody to attack him so he could get a word in edgewise. Kasich and Carson seem like decent enough, genuine people, which is why they simply can’t hang with the clown show that Trump, Cruz and Rubio are content putting on during each and every one of these debates.

Overall, this debate was an absolute joke. How anyone can take these bloviating buffoons seriously blows my mind. The petty back and forth attacks, the constant bouts of each candidate trying to talk (and sometimes even scream) over one another and the “gotcha jabs” straight out of the mentality of a petulant spoiled 13-year-old’s playbook are embarrassments to this country.

For months I’ve been saying the same thing, we cannot allow any of these bumbling idiots to become our next president. It will undo all the work we’ve done to clean up the huge mess we were left with after eight horrific years during George W. Bush’s presidency. Only this time, if one of these Republican candidates becomes our next president, I’m not sure if this country will ever be able to recover.

Please, everyone on the left, once our nominee is picked we have to unite and #VoteBlueNoMatterWho. Because if we don’t, this nation is going to be ruined for generations of future Americans. The damage these Republican candidates would do to this country would make the nightmare we saw during Bush’s eight years seem like a wonderful dream by comparison.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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