I thought I would start a new thread, because Zeb's first thread 1) was more geared toward predictions about the second GOP debate and 2) was starting to become long.
I personally thought that it was a good debate, and brought out each candidates strengths. (e.g. Rubio's grasp of Foreign Policy).
Where the polls fall over the next few days should be interesting. Certainly some candidates will go up (like Fiorina); some down (like Carson); and to me, Trump will certainly lose some ground because others seemed to have a better grasp of most subjects that were thrown at them. If that will be enough to overcome his lead, only time will tell (This makes the Iowa and NH caucuses even that more interesting).
For me (and this is not a "bandwagon" choice)...the clear "winner" was Carly Fiorina. I wish I could have heard more about her view on taxes (what I heard from many of the other candidates I really liked. While I think that abolishing the IRS is most likely a Pipe Dream; many of the views expressed on tax reduction and simplification I liked). So I would like to know where she stands on taxation.
I think that she would demolish Clinton in a one-on-one debate on just about every issue, both in her delivery; her command of the subject matter; and the fact the Clinton looks weaker and weaker as she tries to explain all the issues she is attacked on.
Jeb helped his cause (he certainly did not hurt it)...but he has to overcome single digit poll numbers...and I just don't see this debate doing it.
The net result for me personally?
Fiorina definitely has my attention.
What the numbers show and what the voters in Iowa and NH think of her should be telling.