NICK AND TIRED: The latest Republican debate is an ode to repetition
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If you’re looking for a good time, then New York’s hottest club is “February 25’s The GOP Debate,” and it has everything: two men tag-teaming Donald Trump, a neurosurgeon whining for people to attack him and your friendly neighborhood milkman taking an applause-worthy moderate stance on social issues to sway the decision of young voters. And somewhere outside the club, a disappointed Jeb Bush is sitting on a couch, binge-eating whatever kind of dessert is allowed in a Paleo diet.
It was a rough debate all around. Though the stage has been whittled down considerably over the past two months, this debate set itself apart for being wildly uncontrollable. Many times, Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio would talk over each other, while Wolf Blitzer could do nothing to move the dialogue along to the next topic. So, while it made for good ratings, as Trump boasted throughout the entirety, it lacked so much in content. Nonetheless, plenty of exchanges stood out as impactful.
First and foremost, Rubio is becoming relentless against Trump. He attacked Trump’s former stances on immigration, as well as the businessman’s upbringing.
“If he hadn’t inherited $200 million, you know where Donald Trump would be right now? Selling watches in Manhattan,” Rubio said.
But in what may have been the most entertaining part of the night, Marco "Robo" Rubio went completely self-aware, and addressed the label that he’s a robot who only uses canned speech in the best possible way: by forcing that label onto Trump.
On the topic of insurance proposals, Trump said his would have “many different plans.” He then reiterated the fact that it would have “so many different plans,” tastefully adding that it would have “many, many different plans.”
Rubio’s response was simple and met with an uproar of laughter and applause: “Now he’s repeating himself.”
Now, it would be rhetorical suicide if Trump let Rubio have the last word, not to mention, it’s not exactly in Trump’s character to be silent. So what did he say in defense?
“I don’t repeat myself,” Trump said, followed with a sentence that sounded, well, oddly repetitive: “I don’t repeat myself.”
John Kasich took a noteworthy stance on the moderate side of issues like immigration and same-sex marriages.
“I don’t think we’re going to tear families apart. I don’t think we’re going to ride around in people’s neighborhoods and grab people out of their homes,” he said, in sharp contrast to the plans of Cruz, Rubio and Trump.
What stood out more to me was his comment on same-sex marriage. It was so mature compared to the other candidates’ repetitious remark that marriage is solely between a man and a woman.
Kasich said, “The court has ruled, and I’ve moved on.”
Despite Kasich’s moderate approach, which has proven effective in gaining low-information voters in the past, it looks like a three-man race for the GOP ticket at this point between Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.
Feb. 25 proved it is indeed possible to get under Trump’s skin, as Rubio relentlessly attacked the businessman. The media will say Trump definitely lost this debate. A quick CNN poll will probably say Trump lost this debate. But come Super Tuesday, voters just won’t care.