CNN Debate Live Blog IV

Now Huck asked about hedge-fund loophole, and as anybody sentient knew he would do, he goes into his Fair Tax pitch. Saves enough time to do a Reagan tribute.

So of course, Carson gets to talk about his biblical tax, and tell Trump why progressive taxes are wrong. Calls progressive taxes “socialism.” Hope MSM finally understands this dude is a wacko bird.

Trump asked about flat tax, notes we’ve had progressive taxes a good while, says he’s got tax plan on the way.

Paul does his own flat-tax pitch.

Walker asked about Carson’s support for minimum wage increase (didn’t know he did that, actually). Claims budget based on Reagan budget, whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean. Manages to work in reference to his Obamacare Replacement proposal.

Carson proceeds to back off support for minimum wage increase, but does support indexing it (!), but also the sub-minimum wage for first-time workers.

Walker says minimum wage is what Hillary Clinton talks about! Can’t have that.

Speaking of which, Hewitt tries to get Kasich and Fiorina to fight over their disagreement about whether to talk smack about HRC. Kasich says we’ll get to that later.

Carly just whales away at Hillary with her usual stuff. Oddly mentioned Christie, who says he will prosecute HRC! Pitch for AG in somebody else’s administration?

Ah, is this the bathroom break they promised?

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.