CNBC GOP Debate Live-Blog II

And we’re back.

Quick goes right at Trump on bankruptices, calls it “broken promise,” Trump does his usual nothing-to-see-here number.

Jim Cramer comes in and asks Carson if he favors price controls on pharmaceuticals. Carson blames small business regulations. Huh. C

Cramer asks Christie as former prosecutors why GM execs not prosecuting for faulty switch. Christie blames Obama for not prosecuting GM, says it’s “political Justice Department.” Attacks idea of government regulating pharmaceuticals.

Harwood asks Bush about his 2012 support for ten-to-one spending to tax cut deal. Did Bush just attack current budget deal? Not sure, but good line about inability to find Democrat who would cut spending: “I’d give him a warm kiss.”

Fiorina asked about internet taxes, and of course, she answers with non-germane answer about crony capitalism and “socialism.” Does get back to internet, but basically says government can’t do anything. Very good, albeit completely mendacious, rap.

Whoa! Quick does brisk compilation of Rubio’s personal financial issues. Rubio says Quick quoting evil Democrat attacks! Rubio becomes the bartender’s son. In follow-up, Rubio manages to tout his “family-friendly tax plan.”

Harwood asks Kasich if his economic development incentives represent corporate welfare? Good question. Kasich just touts “results.” Now Kasich pivots to today[‘s budget deal, contrasts it with 1990s balanced budget. Then suddenly jumps back to Ohio economic incentives and calls them “tight.”

Quick asks Cruz about gender pay equity. Within seconds Cruz manages to cite his mother as single mom and then his father’s salvation by Jesus.

Fiorina, getting back to her Hillary-bashing gig, claims Obama terrible for women.

Quintanella asks Carson about service on gay-friendly Costco board, Carson knocks that out of the park then does his weird “PC” number. Quintanella follows up with Carson’s involvement with nutritional supplement company; Carson says he just did paid speech. Crowd booes Quintanella.

Another break. Moderators not doing real well tonight.

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.