First Republican Debate: LiveBlog6

Okay, this makes it clear this is a Fox debate: Facebook question about whether God’s giving direction to the candidates.

–Cruz quickly checks scriptural-inerrancy box, attacks false conservatives.

–Kasich rambles, but then allows as how God wants America to be number one.

–Walker efficiently does the conservative evangelical salvation rap, and manages to claim he’s turned the other cheek to his Wisconsin enemies.

–Rubio gets the “wait–we haven’t talked about veterans!–question, and easily hits it out of the park.

–Kelly asks Carson about uniting country, apparently not understanding that Dr. Ben’s idea of “unity” is excluding liberals from America.

Closing arguments:

–Kasich does his “Nineties Show” number plus Ohio Resurgens! for dessert, which gets a nice home state cheer.

–Christie reminds us again he was appointed U.S. Attorney on 9/10/11, gets dinged for time when he was just getting around to mentioning teachers unions.

–Paul uses Clintonian “different kind of Republican” line, touts poll numbers

–Rubio does his American Dream number.

–Cruz describes his first day in office–you know, the day I go into hiding.

–Carson gets all jokey about his surgical record.

–Huck gets big dumb laugh by feinting at Trump, attacking HRC.

–Walker has his electability argument now down to about 20 seconds.

–Jebbie tries to sound like an outsider again.

–Trump is Trump-like.

It’s over.

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.