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CNN Reagan Library GOP Main Debate Post-Mortem

By on 9.16.15 | 11:36PM

Thanks again to those of you who followed us at #SpectacleDebate this evening. Here is my post-mortem for this evening's main debate.

Rand Paul - Donald Trump said Paul had no business being on the stage. As much as I hate to agree, he's right.

Mike Huckabee - Was largely neglected during the debate, but when he spoke he acquitted himself well on Iran and Kim Davis. However, he simply lacks the broad support necessary to be the GOP nominee.

Marco Rubio - Very strong performance. He knows his stuff, is a beacon of sobriety who is not intimidated by Donald Trump. Don't count him out.

Ted Cruz - Like Huckabee, he was largely overlooked but spoke well when called upon. He said he regretted his support for John Roberts but he nor any other President can guarantee how a Supreme Court justice on any given case. There's no guarantee Edith Jones and Mike Luttig wouldn't have disappointed Cruz if they had been appointed to the SC. As with Huckabee, Cruz cannot appeal beyond conservatives and is too timid where it concerns Trump.

CNN Reagan Library GOP Undercard Debate Post-Mortem

By on 9.16.15 | 8:01PM

Thank you for following us at #SpectacleDebate for the GOP Undercard Debate. Here is my post-mortem of this debate.

George Pataki - He gave a great argument as to why Kim Davis should have been fired, but in so doing will lose the 1% of support he has in polls. 

Rick Santorum - He gave an impassioned defense for raising the minimum wage and by extension the American worker. It does make him stand out, but I doubt it will resonate with most Republicans. But then again Santorum doesn't give up easily.

Bobby Jindal - He got into it with Santorum over immigration and Graham over the Senate's Iran vote. But for the most part he stuck with his stump speech. I don't think he got much out of this debate.

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on 9.16.15 | 3:49PM

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Russia’s Escalation in Syria

By on 9.16.15 | 2:01PM

What on earth is Russia doing in Syria? This question has no doubt crossed many minds in recent days, as Russia began to move substantial arms and troops into Syria. There are two possible scenarios: 1) with diplomatic ties at an all time low, and heavy sanctions already in place, Russia has decided it has nothing to lose in defying the West and backing the Assad regime militarily to the bitter end; or 2) Russia is maneuvering to give itself diplomatic leverage in any Syrian settlement by raising the stakes now. Though the latter is more likely, it’s difficult to know which scenario is accurate, further complicating already tortuous U.S. policy towards Syria.

Follow Us @ #SpectacleDebate (Or How I Plan to Spend My Birthday)

By on 9.16.15 | 1:15PM

As Emily noted this morning we at The American Spectator will be live blogging both CNN GOP debates on Twitter at #SpectacleDebate beginning at 6 p.m. EST.

As it happens it is also my birthday today and this is how I plan to spend my evening. 

In the meantime, I am about to head outside to frolick in the afternoon sun. I need some outdoor fun before the indoor fun begins.

I hope you will join us at 6 p.m. EST. 

Punch From the Past

By on 9.16.15 | 10:43AM

I thought he had gone on long ago. Happily, no. In the Tampa Tribune sports section this a.m. there’s a photo of Jake LaMotta at the Trop before Tuesday night’s Rays game. He’s sitting in his wheelchair and looking very old and frail, while talking to Rays’ third-baseman Evan Longoria. He has a right to be a bit frail at 94.

But he wasn’t frail back when he had those great brawls with Sugar Ray (the original – not the extra crispy who later fought Roberto Duran).

Keep on keepin’ on, Champ.

The Morning Spectacle: The Great Debate

By on 9.16.15 | 4:00AM

This is a big day, guys. Tonight, we find out which Americas Got Talent contestants go to the final round.

Also, there is a debate.

In Our Sights

He'll be facing down an angry Jeb Bush and a motivated Carly Fiorina, but Donald Trump is already at least one step ahead of his debate competition. Tuesday night, The Donald earned the coveted Gary Busey endorsement.

The Obama campaign used behavioral data extensively to micro-target potential voters. Just in time for him to pass it on to the next slate of Democrats, Barack Obama has, reportedly, established a "Federal Social and Behavioral Sciences Team" to collect and experiment with behavioral data in order to make government function more efficiently. What could possibly go wrong?

Rangers Take Over Top Spot in AL West From Astros

By on 9.16.15 | 12:33AM

The Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-5 on a sacrifice fly by Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland to put them into first place in the AL West by a half game over the Astros.

The Rangers were a sub-.500 team when they acquired Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies in late July. On August 3rd, the Rangers were 51-53 and 8 games back of the Astros. Since that date, the Rangers have gone 26-14 while the Astros have gone 17-21 over the same period. In September, the Rangers are 9-5 while the Astros are 4-9. The presence of Hamels, the return of Derek Holland and Adrian Beltre from the DL, the MVP calibre performance of Prince Fielder and the emergence of Steve Tolleson as the most underrated closer in the game under the stewardship of first year manager Jeff Banister has made this run possible. With nearly their entire starting rotation on the DL, the Rangers were expected to finish at or near the bottom of the division.

Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Coddled’ Campus Liberals

By on 9.15.15 | 2:55PM

Of all the people I would have expected to speak out on the subject of campus coddling — that new trend of protecting our precious little butterflies, who are legally adults but psychologically stunted, from any opinion that dares to disagree with their own — it would not have been President Obama.

After all, campus coddling favors liberals by insisting that nothing that so much as tarnishes the closed, American, college student mind with potential disagreement, and that anything that prevents a competing worldview to the progressive is systematically eliminated from public discourse, thus rendering every last rising adult a ward of the public university they pay thousands to for education.

"It’s not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem. Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side. And that’s a problem, too," Obama said during a town hall on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton Wants to End Campus Assault, Believe Victims Without Question

By on 9.15.15 | 2:31PM

Hillary Clinton is channeling her "inner woman warrior" for her college speeches now, entertaining and inspiring the one audience who, because of their complete lack of memories from the 1990s, is still firmly in her court.

Yesterday, at a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Clinton had some tough words for anyone who would question the possible victim of a campus sexual assault, even though many of the most public examples of campus rape have been called into question by multiple sources in the media and beyond (including Rolling Stone's bizarre fraternity gang-rape story and the tale of the "Mattress Girl" from NYU). She remarked that any "victim" has a "right to be heard and a right to be believed."

But policy details aside, Clinton, speaking at a “Women for Hillary” event heavy on college students at the University of Northern Iowa, sought to portray herself as an ally and advocate of victims of college sexual assault— a group that a recent Washington Post survey found includes an estimated one in five women.