The Post Turtle’s Primer for Tonight’s Second GOP Debate

Lets Get Ready to Rumble

We would say, “LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!”, but we’re worried we would have to pay royalties to Michael Buffer. Hold up, we just said it, crap…



It’s hard not to love a good prize fight! So it’s easy to see why everyone is so excited about today’s GOP debate! Then again…


With 11 candidates vying for attention and camera time, this is less of a precision prize fight and more of a good ol’ fashioned bum rush. Still entertaining never the less. It preparation for tonight’s GOP debate, we highlighted some of the more interesting storylines going in.



Trump v. World

Donald Trump Doll


Donald Trump’s strategy for reaching the White House is simple. First, tap into the discontent some feel about the Obama administration and those currently in Congress. Then second, act like the rest of the GOP field is full of copycats, similar to the ones that populate Congress. So far that strategy has worked, but to be fair, no one has really “challenged” Trump quite yet. We think that changes tonight.


Other than a few passing comments during stump speeches, attacking Trump directly was ill advised because many figured his momentum would peter out before tonight’s debate. After all, why waste energy attacking your opponent when they’ll just tire themselves out?


Well, that strategy clearly isn’t working.


Trump has most definitely created this image of a tough talking Washington outsider that is resonating with many within the conservative base. For basically everyone in the GOP field, Trump has turned from a nuisance to a legitimate threat and the only way to deter his rise in the polls is to attack him directly. This second GOP debate could be very interesting.



Contenders and Pretenders

Pretender Foo Fighters


To put it bluntly, there are quite a few pretenders in the GOP field; people who feel they have a shot, but realistically don’t. You’ll find them at the “pre-debate” debate two hours before the “real” debate takes place. Yet in the field of 11 GOP candidates, the next few debates should suss out those in it for the long haul. Right now “contenders” list is Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and (sigh)… I guess Donald Trump.


As for everyone else, you can’t see them anything other than “pretenders.” Before you ask, yes I know Ben Carson is currently second in many polls and yes, I know Carly Fiorina is getting the attention of the ever elusive voting bloc; the white, conservative, female voter. But still, it’s hard to see them winning the nomination. Yet just like Principle Skinner tells a cafeteria full of kids with no futures…



Also, speaking of Ben Carson…



How Real Is This Ben Carson Surge Anyway?

Ben Carson Rally


While I don’t think tonight we’ll have our answer, I do think however people will be paying closer attention to what Ben Carson has to say. In the last debate, Carson wasn’t called on that much by Fox’s moderators, but to be perfectly honest, his answers were pretty lackluster too.


If Carson wants to prove that he’s an actual player in the 2016 GOP primaries, tonight would be a good place to start.



(Photo Credit: Google Images, RCA Records, Ben Carson Instagram)


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