I didn't get the chance to watch the first GOP debate, with the bottom tier candidates, so I can't really comment on that. I did see the social media buzz about Carly Fiorina.
I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but Carly would be a disaster in the making if she were the nominee, a Mitt Romney in a skirt. The two problems with her would be the fact she lost her only election in 2010 against Barbara "Don't Call Me Ma'am" Boxer, as well as the fact that Hewlett Packard, under her leadership, went downhill so badly that the board had to fire her, but not before she escaped with a golden parachute. She might be good VP material.
In the "main event" it was apparent that the Fox News hosts wanted to act almost like Candy Crowley by taking on certain candidates. I think the establishment types at Fox who are so friendly with clowns like Karl Rove were out to do the GOP-e's bidding in trying to take out Donald Trump. Big mistake. Like him or not, Trump has tapped into the discontent so many Americans, regardless of party, feel with the political class in Washington and elsewhere. Why is the GOP led Congress so disliked? Because they are seen as unwilling to fight on important issues, always too cowardly to take a stand because they're afraid of being blamed for a government shutdown.
And I don't blame Trump for saying he could promise to support the nominee. If it is ¡Yeb! Bush, I could not and will not vote in November 2016 because he is no different from any of the Democrat Socialist candidates. But I fear that, if he is not the nominee, Trump may go third party because of a combination of his ego and some frustration at the political class, including the possibility he's put up to it by the Clinton's. If the GOP alienates Trump supporters (as they did grassroots conservatives/libertarians at the 2012 Convention with the rules change) they'll deservedly lose in 2016 and the country will be lost forever.
We didn't hear enough from Ted Cruz last night, and not enough from Rand Paul. Scott Walker got a great line in about Russia knowing what's in all of Hillary's e-mails. Mike Huckabee impressed me with a lot of his answers. Krispy Kreme Christie showed how much of a blowhard he really is. I'm not impressed with Kasich, I still think Ben Carson isn't ready for prime time yet.
Speaking of ¡Yeb!, he was horrible! It doesn't help matters about the Bush family's connection to Planned Parenthood either. God help the GOP if he is the nominee. I've snickered seeing some on conservative message boards say he is the Fredo Corelone of the Bush family.
Lets face it, the GOP cannot win in 2016 if they keep playing to their big donors who are sympathetic to Planned Parenthood, open borders, and crony capitalism. The electorate is wise enough also to know when they're being lied to. They want action, not talk. Perhaps the GOP could take some lessons from the clip below as to the road they should take if they want to win, but also regain the trust of the American voters.