Has the Marco Moment arrived?

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After Debate Showdown, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Are on a Collision Course.

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio left the debate stage in Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday night headed toward a collision on the campaign trail that will pitch the two friends, neighbors and onetime political partners in Florida into an intense and personal struggle for the support of the Republican Party’s establishment wing.Both the liberals and conservatives chattering after the Republican debate on CNBC Wednesday night agree on one thing: CNBC did a terrible job running the debate.When one day the history of the 2016 US election campaign will be written, Wednesday’s chaotic Republican debate might be seen as the beginning of the end of Jeb Bush’s presidential ambitions.

At the debate, months of simmering tensions — in shrouded, unspecific darts on the stump in Iowa and New Hampshire, and in whisper campaigns by allies of both — erupted between Mr. Liberals are angry because the moderators didn’t correct the astounding number of flagrant lies told by the candidates, nor did they do a very good job at cracking skulls when the candidates violated the rules.

The former governor of Florida, who is struggling to gain traction in the polls, desperately needed a breakout moment to be part of the campaign conversation. His big play was to go after Marco Rubio for poor attendance in the Senate – an attack which Rubio successfully parried. “Someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you,” Rubio shot back, “but I’m not running against Jeb Bush or anyone else on this stage.” Bush also fumbled a question about whether fantasy sports should be regulated as gambling, talking first about the success of his own fantasy football league – “I’m 7-0” – and then rambling on about how, yea, maybe they did need to be regulated. Instead, Bush flubbed the night – and the conversation among pundits is now about his demise. “He is on death watch”, said talk show host Joe Scarborough the day after. That opened the door for Chris Christie to forcefully deliver the correct GOP response: “We have ISIS and Al-Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking fantasy football?” For the first time in months, Donald Trump seemed like a side player, as did the other front runner, Ben Carson. Ted Cruz scored points by attacking the CNBC moderators for biased questioning – a sentiment the other candidates, the audience, and virtually everyone on Twitter who wasn’t in the employ of a Democrat seemed to agree with.

Reince Priebus, the chairman for the RNC, released a tsk-ing statement that claimed that, “Our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates did their best to share ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy,” but somehow the moderators weren’t letting them. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mike Huckabee said, “I think there’s got to be an attempt to have substantive questions,” and that he believes “we’ve turned this into a game show.” This, from a man who used his time on stage to imply that the Clinton family is a mob family that has you killed for disagreeing with them. The defining moment came early in the debate, when Bush turned a critical question for fellow Florida candidate Marco Rubio into a stunning unforced error, strategically silly and awkwardly delivered.

Rubio directly, as they come to terms with what their declining poll numbers and exasperated supporters have been saying for some time: The higher Mr. For weeks, Bush has been jabbing at Rubio by calling for members of Congress who don’t do their job to have their pay docked. “Could I bring something up here, because I’m a constituent of the senator and I helped him and I expected that he would do constituent service, which means that he shows up to work,” Bush interjected after Rubio shrewdly blamed a media bias for singling him out unfairly in a way he said Democratic senators who ran for president didn’t face. When Ted Cruz accused the moderators of running a “cage match” instead of a debate, Frank Luntz’s focus group of conservative voters gave him a 98 percent rating. Rubio, 44, came prepared with a counterattack that deflated Bush’s offensive, citing the former Florida governor comparing himself to John McCain circa 2008. “You know how many votes John McCain missed when he was carrying out that furious comeback that you’re now modeling after?” asked Rubio.

Luntz was astounded. .@FrankLuntz: “I’ve never tested – in any primary debate – a line that scored as well as [@SenTedCruz‘s]” #KellyFile pic.twitter.com/KwtXJEkHqt The audience also loudly booed Carl Quintanilla for asking Ben Carson if he had bad judgment and ate it up when Donald Trump implied that a moderator was lying about something he’d said about Marco Rubio. Another awkward Bush moment came when the son and brother of deficit-responsible presidents made a bold bet. “You find a Democrat that’s for cutting taxes, cutting spending $10, I’ll give him a warm kiss,” Bush said. Unfortunately for Bush, spending under President Barack Obama has decreased is on track to reach the lowest level in more than 50 years by 2023. (While Obama has pushed through a series of tax hikes on the wealthy and policies to expand middle class tax credits, spending on domestic and defense programs has actually been on the decline since 2010.) Bush, who was once considered the inevitable Republican establishment candidate, never recovered during the rest of the debate with his rivals on the stage basically ignoring him. The onetime frontrunner has been in near free-fall the last few weeks, and over the weekend huddled with his family in Houston to try to salvage his campaign. Bush assured top donors to his brother’s presidential campaign that Jeb will be a “fierce competitor” in the race for the White House and argued his experience as Florida’s governor will ultimately win over voters.

If so, explain this exchange that is available in the transcript: HARWOOD: Governor Bush, in a debate like this four years ago, every Republican running for president pledged to oppose a budget deal containing any tax increase even if it had spending cuts ten times as large. He said he would be judged on his record and his capabilities, not on his skill at sparring with other candidates. “It’s not a performance,” Mr. Such a move is viewed by many in politics as an act of desperation and a sign of impending doom for a campaign, as it is proof positive that the effort has failed to raise enough money for its previously budgeted projections for operation size – all while failing to reach political goals. “When was the last time the Republican Party nominated someone who had never held any kind of public position? Rubio some more, calling on him again to resign from his Senate seat. “The simple fact is that he has the worst attendance record in the United States Senate. And I just believe that’s the way we should be doing this.” While the senator, for now, has been able to take a highroad approach, he has found it impossible to ignore the intensifying barrage of attacks from Mr.

When you look at the actual questions asked, it becomes clear that the Republican whining stems from anger about being challenged, not from any legitimate desire for substantive debate. He ended up running out the clock, no doubt deliberately, so that he never actually had to discuss what he has been up to with all these plots to shut down the government. The two candidates will meet on Saturday at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines during a forum with several other contenders hosted by the Iowa Republican Party.

They offered claims that they could cure autism, cancer, they paid $7 million to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit in Texas, and yet you’re involvement continued. Quintanilla’s question was touching off on a major issue that doesn’t get nearly enough media coverage, which is the way that many conservative figureheads, especially Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, use their status as conservative figureheads to email blast advertisements for snake oil, survivalist gear and financial scams to their followers. This has been the point of the “media bias” whine since it was first expressed by a conservative in the Paleolithic era, and it will be the point of the claim until the sun explodes and burns our planet up.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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