Last night’s Republican debate in Boulder, Colorado was a chaotic affair whose consensus winner Marco Rubio scored by calmly deflecting criticism, nailing a few polished applause lines, and generally letting Jeb Bush continue to fail in the spotlight. In other developments:
- CNBC’s moderators lost control of the discussion at times, asked a number of vaguely phrased or irrelevant questions, and were the punch line of one of the biggest applause lines of the evening when Ted Cruz condemned them as part of the liberal-friendly mainstream media.
- A number of candidates spoke disingenuously about their wildly unrealistic plans for massive tax cuts. (Here’s more about those delusional plans.)
- Ben Carson spoke disingenuously about his long involvement with a sketchy “nutrition” company whose representatives have suggested that its supplements can cure cancer.
- Ted Cruz was nice to Rand Paul, which means he thinks Rand Paul is about to drop out of the race.
- Carly Fiorina said Hillary Clinton’s policies are bad for women.
- And the undercard debate between the four lowest-polling candidates was … bad.
And that’s what happened in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday night!