Tonight is the Big Night! Starting at 8:50pm EDT, the first 2016 Republican presidential debate will begin on the Fox News Channel. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris ′Meatloaf Jr.′ Wallace will moderate the top 10 of the 17 GOP candidates running for the White House. The prime-time debate will feature Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. At 5pm, the ′Lower Tier′ of the 17 Republican Party candidates will also have a debate on Fox News. Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore will square off in hopes of getting noticed. The debates are being held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quiken Loans Arena. Of course, the big question of the day is will Donald Trump dominate and win tonight′s debate? Or, will he trip himself up and implode?
We may also ask if anyone else will do or say something to stand out from the rest of the thickening crowd? While the first votes are still months away, one has to wonder how long some of these candidates can still in the race? In 2008, about a month before the Iowa caucus, the John McCain campaign was nearly out of money. He was flying to campaign events alone and in coach. Then Giuliani tanked out and McCain started surging. Even with Mitt Romney spending around $100 Million of his own dollars, Mitt eventually called it quits after Super Tuesday when it became apparent that his bid for the White House was going nowhere. Within less than 4 months, John McCain had gone from zero to hero and won the nomination.
Obviously, some of these 17 Republican Party candidates are not going to last till Iowa and New Hampshire. Two months ago, Jeb Bush was probably the favorite to go all the way. I′m sure Vegas was giving 3:2 odds or better. Scott Walker was a close second at maybe 2:1. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and perhaps Ted Cruz were in the 4:1 to 6:1 range. Then you have a batch of candidates like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina that were in the 10:1 to 20:1 range of long-shots. After them, a final group of people with no chance what-so-ever of winning. The real long-shots, like Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore, at 100:1 odds or worse.
Then Donald Trump entered the race and it seemed at first that he might not last a week, let alone a month. But the experts were dead wrong as Trump survived several major gaffe-like statements which would have ended any politician′s career. But Trump is not a politician and did not back down and apologize for his remarks. Instead he went the other way, making even bolder statements. Within a month, Trump was not only taking the lead but he was pulling away from the rest. Now, many people are starting to wonder if even Jeb Bush can turn his floundering campaign around? His huge war chest of cash may not be enough to outspend Trump.
So far, Trump has hardly spent any money. At this stage of the game, he already has what most of the rest of the pack needs, name recognition. The attacks on Trump by other candidates and by the Media have only made him stronger, adding a continuous stream of publicity. Bush has name recognition, too, but in a bad way! To a lesser extent, so too Chris Christie. Not only do the Liberals hate them, but also many in the Conservative base. These two fools, along with others like Lindsey Graham, have led to the new buzzword, ′Cuckservative′. They say one thing on the campaign trail but wind up flip-flopping once in office. Christie is especially guilty of this. If he wants to be a presidential nominee, he should have ran as a Democrat.
Who will win tonight? Is Donald Trump going to dominate the first 2016 GOP debate? Will this springboard him to winning the Republican Party presidential nomination? Or will others shine with snappy answers and glowing optimism? We have a long way to go even for till the first voting starts. Tonight′s double feature of debates on the Fox News Channel may alter the dynamics of the race for the White House. So be there or be square.