First Republican Debate: LiveBlog 3

So here’s something called a “mini-rounds,” which doesn’t seem that different from what they were already doing.

–Anyway, Kasich asked how he’s deal with Hillary Clinton. Kasich goes into his stock speech, emphasizing his interest in people “living in the shadows.”

–Carson asked same question: name-checks “progressive” conspiracy, Alinsky conspiracy.

–Mini-round over, Jeb asked about 4% GDP growth pledge: “How on earth?” Get rid of regs, progressive taxes, Obamacare, climate change, etc. etc.

–Wallace asks Walker about failure to achieve jobs goals. Goes with what he can; brags about re-election; attacks HRC.

–Oh, yes! Mini-round for Christie and Huck on entitlement reform, asking Christie if Huck is “lying.” Christie puts on green eyeshade, rolls out entitlement reform plan. Huck does his number on “lying and stealing” and attacks congressional pensions. Christie says not enough money there to fix entitlements. Huck touts Fair Tax that will hit pimps & prostitutes, or something.

–Man, Fox is going after Trump. Wallace asks about The Donald’s banktruptcies. Trump says everybody does it. Wallace comes back with 2009 Trump Entertainment banktruptcy. Trump says creditors not very nice people.

–Rubio gets softball Facebook question about how to encourage small business. Rubio rolls out talking points.

–As I expected, footage from Happy Hour debate trotted out, per Iran Nuke Deal. Walker asked what would happen if deal “terminated on day one,” as Walker says. Walker says, among other things, that Iran and ISIS “tied together;” yeah, they are tied together by killing each other, but whatever.

–Paul registers he opposed the deal, but won’t rule out negotiations. Huck jumps in and screams about Iranian threats to Israel and America.

Will this debate ever end? Will Ben Carson get to attack political correctness again? Go to the next thread to see!

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.