Second Debate Was A Hot Mess. For What?

I was disappointed and embarrassed for the seven candidates on stage and the American people. The American people deserve and expect their leaders to have a heightened level of decorum and respect. They deserve this in their potential leaders, too. The shouting match we witnessed on Wednesday night insulted the man in whose library the debate was held. Ronald Reagan has been called the Great Communicator, and these candidates would have done well to funnel some of Reagan’s traits. I gave up after 90 of the scheduled 120 minutes as I could not tolerate the seven men and women speaking simultaneously. Instead of a debate to help us choose a Republican candidate to run against Joe Biden in 2024, this group sounded more like the elementary school children on the school bus I drive every morning.

I saw no clear winner last night, but I did see losers. The man who was a last-minute qualifier for the second debate, Doug Burgum, ignored the moderators numerous times and dominated the microphone and time. He knows this is his last chance to get the attention of the American people. His best option to save face is to suspend his candidacy as soon as possible. It is the right thing for him, the GOP, and Americans. The other candidate who sets himself apart from the others is Chris Christie. Christie is in this race for the sole purpose of attacking and eliminating Donald Trump from the 2024 election. Christie is not a serious contender but a self-appointed hatchet man.

The other five candidates debated to a draw, with Nikki Haley taking numerous shots at Vivek Ramaswamy. She attacked both his policies and character. I thought she went too far with her criticism, and her demeanor harmed her image more than Vivek’s. For all of the yelling and cross-talk, does it really matter, or are these debates, with the absence of the GOP front-runner Donald Trump, an exercise in futility? There are two theories on why Trump is not on the stage. One is that he already held the position of President and does not need to interview for the job, and with such a massive lead in the polls, he has locked up the nomination. The second theory is that Donald Trump avoids criticism and examination of his job as President and his character by not being present in these debates. I see validity in both theories. The Iowa caucuses and the state primaries will allow people to answer the most believable theory.

At this time, three debates have been scheduled, so we may only have to bear one more of these sessions. The only debates that will have value will be between the two major party candidates after the conventions. The debates between Trump and Biden will be classic. They will be heated, political, and personal. I believe that Joe Biden will do all he can to avoid any debates as he has to avoid any primary challenge. There is no way that Biden or his handlers want to expose Biden to impromptu conversation. He has been shown to have problems reading from teleprompters and cannot keep his attention when speaking without prompts. A debate would be devastating for the President and evidence of the lack of acuity that the President suffers from that the Right has claimed for months.

We deserve better, and I believe the Republicans can deliver better. If there is a third debate, I hope there will be fewer candidates on the stage, the format will be more strict, and the level of decorum will be higher. Those are a lot of wishes, but right now, that is all we have.

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Ray Cardello

As a lifelong Conservative and resident of New Hampshire, Ray Cardello is positioned to speak with common sense about the happenings of the nation and the region. Conservative View from New Hampshire is Ray’s second blog and podcast effort in 20 years. He has published over 1,000 articles since January 2021, is syndicated on 15 websites, and is published on over 65 sites. Ray is passionate about his writing and sees the Internet as the only way for Conservatives to compete with the mainstream media. Ray claims there will be much to discuss as we move forward and his blog will not focus strictly on Washington but will also delve into State and Local issues as well. There is so much going on and so little factual sources of information to rely on.

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  1. On last nights debate!!! The author of this article also is a waste of time….
    Named off 7 candidates that he was embarrassed for then failed to name them all???? The Author is also. Everyone already know Christi is a joke. Did not mention any that scored according to him??? I watched a Trump caucus instead of the waste of time debates with only part of the contender’s.

    1. When you criticize an author, perhaps you should try using understandable language, including proper sentence structure and grammar. By the way, your last word, “contenders”, is a plural, not a possessive, and therefore no apostrophe is used. If you don’t communicate properly, no one can take seriously anything you say.

    2. Glad you took the time to critique my writing even though you chose not to watch. You probably made the right decision. I did not mention who scored because I do not think any did. Nobody made bold policy statements that are needed to set anyone apart.

      There may be two more of these shout-fests but except for ratings, why bother. Unless Trump sees a need to debate, these are simply auditions for administration positions.

      Keep your comments coming. Good or bad, it is why I write, but please use Grammarly so you don’t sound foolish.

      Ray Cardello

      1. They honestly put me to sleep!! Caught about 45 minutes too. I still say Christie is still sore he wasn’t AG for Trump.

  2. I, too, was embarrassed. After all, the winner is going to need to build a Cabinet, so why alienate other Republicans with personal attacks? Trump was wisely not present, but he also needs to learn when to shut his mouth. Nobody seems to remember Reagan’s 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican. Perhaps these candidates would serve themselves (and us) better if they were to study Reagan’s conduct on the public stage. He could disagree without personal attacks, and he could make his point without being a complete jerk. He was not perfect, but he was damn good. I miss the Gipper more with each passing day.

  3. I didn’t watch the first debate but watched the second. My thoughts were that a large share of the debaters were downright rude. They must have been carrying a sledgehammer or something behind their backs that they were anxious to use on each other. Whatever happened to ladies and gentlemen?

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