Web consensus seems to be that Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio were winners in last night’s three-hour Republican marathon on CNN.

On substance, I think that’s right. I just don’t like Fiorina. She makes Margaret Thatcher look warm and fuzzy.

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It’s not just me. I happen to give a first-time look this morning at a Republican woman blogger, whose brief kind remark about Mike Huckabee got quoted by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The blogger, Mercedes Schlapp, thought Fiorina and Rubio were the night’s winners, but commented:

I would give her one piece of counsel – a little less intensity, and a smile every now and then would be a nice touch. 

Huckawho? He and his people were furious at the lack of attention given him by Jake Tapper, debate moderator. He seemed churlish in his rare comments, perhaps seething over attention the others were grabbing.


But what would a public appearance by the Huckster be without some overheated nonsense. Naturally it concerned scofflaw Kim Davis, which is about all the Huckster has left.

In response to a question about Davis during the debate, Huckabee argued that she should be allowed to exercise her religious beliefs and discriminate against same-sex couples because the United States has allowed others, including prisoners, to exercise their own religious beliefs.

“We made accommodation to the Fort Hood shooter to let him grow a beard,” Huckabee said. “We made accommodations to the detainees at Gitmo — I’ve been to Gitmo and I’ve seen the accommodations that we have to the Muslim detainees who killed Americans. You’re telling me that you cannot make an accommodation for an elected Democrat county clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky?”

Yes, if a Muslim can grow a beard in prison, Kim Davis can defy the U.S. Supreme Court, her oath of office and statutory duties of the county clerk. Time for the hook for Huck.


Huckabee’s bad night didn’t stop Republican state officials from trying to buck up the former Arkansas governor on social media, with Tim Griffin and Leslie Rutledge, among others, joining Hutchinson in a chorus of Arkansas attaboys, despite having little to work with. (Yay, Huckabee wants to cure diabetes!)

Jeb Bush again failed to lift off. A restrained Donald Trump lost a little ground for his restraint. John Kasich impressed me time and again, probably a sure sign he’s dead meat in the Republican primary.