Governor Chris Christie came out of the gates on fire and he lit into Marco Rubio, the well groomed young Senator from Florida who is clearly gaining the support of the Establishment which finally recognizes the disaster which is Jeb Bush. And Christie hit on something that is truly clear: Rubio has a set of talking points that he stays on regularly, seldom wavering from, and it has become noticeable to the point where he seems robotic and plastic. And Christie called him on it.
The New Jersey Governor said America needs a President who can deal with big problems with a knowledgeable hand, not someone who is scripted and rehearsed in everything he does. And Christie even called Rubio on it every time he resorted to his standard stump lines and Rubio was clearly flustered and unable to handle it. Many of us thought Rubio's styel was reminiscent of what Obama does, yet of course the press would never say about Obama what is starting to come out about Rubio. Frankly, folks, we don't need another unprepared lightweight like Obama in the White House and Rubio has shown from his sell out of Florida voters that he clearly is there to advance himself regardless of the course he might take.
The two leaders, Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, didn't make big headlines but they did perform well enough that their voters should respond favorably. And as for the others I haven't mentioned, Kasich and Carson, any place they receive will not engender further threat to the leaders, at least in this writer's opinion.
So the winner of this particular debate was clearly Christie, with both Trump and Cruz holding steady and not hurting themselves. The big loser was Rubio, who showed that the pressure got to him big time. While Christie is not likely to advance his cause into a direct threat on the leaders, he very well may have earned a coveted spot in a Republican Administration. Here's a thought: Attorney General Christie? That would indeed be interesting after the graft and corruption in Justice that will be left to deal with in January 2017. At least we can hope, can't we?