In the interest of full disclosure, we should state right off that the dustupping staff dipped in and out of last night’s Republican Presidential Pillowfight on the Fox Business network, mostly because it was mostly boring.
But that certainly won’t keep us from itemizing a few deductions . . .
Item: Sen. Lindsey Graham was – and wasn’t – at the debate
Poor Lindsey Graham. The senior senator from South Carolina couldn’t even make the kids table debate last night in Milwaukee. So the Super PAC supporting him, Security Is Strength, ran an ad pointing out that Graham is the only military veteran in the GOP presidential field, and he was excluded from both debates held on the eve of Veterans Day.
Good luck with that, Senator.
Item: Sen. Elizabeth Warren was – and wasn’t – at the debate too
Via Lauren Dezenski’s Politico Massachusetts Playbook:
“The American Action Network today is launching a $500,000 ad campaign against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the brainchild of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren,” according to AAN. “The ad features both Elizabeth Warren and CFPB director Richard Cordray on red party banners and visualizes the consequences of CFPB’s reckless regulations issued under the guise of protecting consumers.” The national ad will air seven times on Fox Business tonight, including during the debate.
Here’s the ad.
And here’s how it “features both Elizabeth Warren and CFPB director Richard Cordray on red party banners.”
Not to get technical about it, but the average viewer would barely see the two and most likely never recognize them.
AAN needs to get out of doors every once in a while.
Item: Donald Trump was – and wasn’t – at the debate, two
For the second debate in a row, the GOP Hair Apparent was largely AWOL.
From Fox News:
[T]he big takeaway: What happened to Donald Trump? Aside from a swipe at Fiorina for interrupting, he wasn’t his usual bad-boy self.
1) Trump thinks he needs to be more statesmanlike to win the Republican presidential nomination.
2) Trump is just bored with the whole thing and is ready to move on.
Lots of folks are rooting for #2.