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CLEVELAND–The GOP debate edition.

Quote of the Day:

“I hated Cleveland but its people are lovely.”

The Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi, who was called a “whore” and a “slut” for that remark. Another guy, “Ken in Brooklyn,” remarked, “That’s because you suck horse cock for fun.”


Violence at the debate

“A cameraman in the Donald Trump scrum was knocked to the ground by his bodyguard. Trumps reaction? A peace sign.” — IJReview‘s Benny Johnson.

This journalist is acting like a showoff 

“Yeah, I predicted coming into this, that the biggest winner of today would be Carly.” — Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney.

Ezra Klein wants Fox News to ask better questions

“Are they seriously going to ask every candidate why Trump is outpolling them? What relevance does that have to being president?” — Vox Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein.

Ditto for this guy…

“Again, it is a lie to call this a debate. They are not debating. It is Q&A. — Ben Domenech, The Federalist.

WHAT? The debate doesn’t matter?

“Reminder: Primary result of most debates is not very much news or change in the race. Even with Trump, that’s still likely to be the case.” — Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth prof, contributor, NYT‘s Upshot.

With Dan Savage, it’s all sexual 

“What are the odds that Lindsey Graham will pledge to invade Hillary Clinton before this is over? #GOPDebate #KidsTable.” — sex advice columnist Dan Savage.

After Rick Perry mentions using white out on President Obama’s orders these journos have a mini-debate 

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Compassion is…“Holy shit Lindsey Graham do you need a hug?” — VoxDylan Matthews.

The Observers

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“It’s going to be fun watching the media destroy Fiorina because she’s an uppity woman running with the wicked GOP.” — Washington Free Beacon‘s Sonny Bunch.

Journo has a strong reaction to the God question

“QUIT DODGING THE QUESTIONS!!! IS GOD TALKING TO YOU OR NOT????” — Business Insider Executive Editor Jay Yarow.

On Fiorina’s body language…

“Carly Florina is winning the body language debate. Can’t just stand there stiff, people!” — Mike Nizza, executive editor, Bloomberg Politics.

“Carly anti-Trump riff was very good, although obviously would have been much more interesting if they had been on the stage together.” — National Review Editor-in-Chief Rich Lowry.


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The Critics 

“After 1st Qtr of GOP debate w/ 2nd stringers, looks like long nite. They are tight and too scripted. Need to get deeper, tangier.” — CNN contributor David Gergen.

“I’ve spent a lot of time covering @LindseyGrahamSC. This is not how he talks normally. So. monotone.” — Juana Summers, political editor, Mashable.

A thumbs up for Rick Perry

“I give a ton of credit to Rick Perry for getting back on that debate stage. Most people would run for the hills. Good for him! #GOPDebate” — former MSNBCer Abby Huntsman.

Wishful thinking

“It would be hilarious if Fred Thompson popped up in an ad for reverse mortgages during his debate.” — WaPo‘s James Hohmann.

How to question a presidential candidate… 

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