The GOP establishment had a panic-inducing night, Brian Beutler said.
Chris Christie took back his brand from Donald Trump, wrote Elspeth Reeve. (His brand is “the jerk you root for.”)
Alex Shephard said the question wasn’t whether Ben Carson saw the Benghazi movie, but how many times he saw it.
Carson also called out the entire field—including himself—for knowing nothing about military issues, Adam Peck observed.
With an anecdote about his half-sister, Ted Cruz tried to show his human side, Shephard wrote.
Nearly everyone thought bringing back waterboarding was a great idea, Gwyneth Kelly noted.
Trump’s obsession with “taking the oil” from ISIS makes no sense, Jeet Heer argued.
Meanwhile, Cruz’s obsession with carpet-bombing has gotten only more deplorable, Shephard said.
Donald Trump’s character as a pro-wrestling heel developed exquisitely, Reeve wrote.
Donald Trump went on a tirade against free trade, and none of his rivals objected, Heer observed.
We didn’t get to hear Ben Carson’s thoughts about North Korea, and that’s a real shame, Shephard said.
Donald Trump is singularly concerned with people dying in the street, Kelly noted.
Carly Fiorina isn’t wasting her time watching the GOP debate, Rebecca Leber wrote.
And Jeb Bush had his best moment of the campaign, Reeve said.