It's the home stretch in the presidential campaign before people actually start voting in less than three weeks — and that raises the stakes for Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Charleston, S.C. (After this debate, there will be just one more before the Iowa caucuses.)
Donald Trump has been the great disruptor of the 2016 presidential campaign. He's been the focus, whether Republicans have wanted him to be or not. And Thursday night, all the other candidates (except perhaps Ben Carson) will likely have him in their sights.
That's especially true after Trump and Ted Cruz finally dropped the niceties with each other. Trump continued to raise questions about Cruz's eligibility to be president — even playing "Born in the U.S.A." at his rallies. (Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother.) Cruz hit back, saying Trump should play "New York, New York" at his rallies because he "embodies New York values." Cruz accused Trump of being "rattled."
Well now that Trump and Cruz have stopped playing nice with each other this might be an entertaining debate to watch. The key phrase of course is "might be."
But I swear if I don't see any blood drawn in the first half hour I might have to tune out early.
I'm especially cranky because I had to look through the listings to even find the Fox Business channel. I swear if they are going to hide the debates in the no man's land of preferred cable plans they should not expect a large number of viewers.
Of course I will watch most of it since this is the job that I chose for myself, because apparently the crash test dummy position was filled.
Anyhow as always I will be drunkenly tweeting the debate here, and occasionally posting updates here at IM and leaving comments as well.
Now where is that corkscrew?