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Was Debate Carly Fiorina’s Breakout Moment?

Was Debate Carly Fiorina’s Breakout Moment?

Rising political capital.

In the first of the two Republican debates yesterday, the lower polling candidates squared off in a so-called “Happy Hour” debate. All of the candidates did well but Carly Fiorina truly stood out and her performance might be just the jolt her campaign needed.

The consensus among many in media was that Carly Fiorina won the debate. CNN made note of the tweets declaring Fiorina the winner:

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post concurred:

Carly Fiorina won the ‘Happy Hour’ debate. By a lot.

Carly Fiorina was the only woman on stage at the so-called “Happy Hour” debate on Thursday night. She was also the only one of the seven candidates who made clear that she deserves more attention — and a more prime spot in the debates — as the campaign continues.

From the start, Fiorina was poised and confident. She followed a halting and seemingly nervous answer by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a fluid riff on why she was running and how she was best positioned to beat Hillary Clinton. And, she closed that first answer with this quotable (and good) line: “The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.”

One particularly strong moment for Fiorina came when she was asked about Donald Trump:

Charles Krauthammer also had some kind words for Fiorina:

One more video has to be included in this report. After the debate, Fiorina appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews and really took the fight to Hillary Clinton. Even Matthews was forced to say he understood why she did so well. Via the Washington Free Beacon:

If Fiorina’s star keeps rising, expect to see her on stage with the upper tier candidates in the next debate.

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No matter what the pundits say, only 6 people watched that debate. It is unlikely to make a difference.

    Mercyneal in reply to irv. | August 7, 2015 at 8:27 am

    You are very wrong. Millions watched. Also they played a clip of her in the second debate. She is going to rise very quickly now

    I didn’t watch either debate, but by 9:00 this morning I’d seen Carly’s performance mentioned in glowing terms in multiple FB posts, along with clips of her both from the debate and from her post-debate interview with Chris Matthews. And now I’m reading about it on the various blogs I follow.

    When people fail hard, or when they succeed hard, there’s a social media multiplier that you have to take into account.

    Hummmm. You might go back to the muddy waters of Chappaqua, where the flabby fat cods swim. There’s only great Yankee Orcas here.

    Ragspierre in reply to irv. | August 7, 2015 at 10:20 am
    bvw in reply to irv. | August 7, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I like 1980’s new wave music. Do you?

    To add to factyness of Poster Ragsprierre’s link, I’ll quote what Drudge’s link to TVNewser says:

    The 5 p.m. ET debate, withe the 7 lower-tier candidates did very well for Fox News too, drawing 6.1 million total viewers and 1.2 million in the demo, making it the third-highest primary debate ever on cable.

Mrs. Fiorina showed the boys how to deal with bullies from the Entertainmen-News Media Complex, The Ruling Class (some of whom were on the stage in both ‘extended news conferences’) and The Opposition. Once they finish cleaning the egg off their faces and are able to sit again, all of them will be looking over their shoulder.

MouseTheLuckyDog | August 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

Yawn. Guys having another Carlygasm.

If past performance is any indication, if she does become president then by the time she leaves office there will only be 25 states.

    faboutlaws in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | August 7, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Instead of 57?

    Hey, if that means that we drum out California, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Bifurcate New York and excise New York City, I would be MORE than happy with less states in the Union.

    Pennsylvania is on the bubble, as are Nevada and New Mexico, but at least New Mexico now seems to be starting to go in the right direction.

    Get rid of the above listed states, and suddenly without all the Progressive Marxist BS that comes out of them, the country would adjust and become the shining city on the hill again.

      Phew, CT’s still in!

      Radegunda in reply to Chuck Skinner. | August 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      If you’re going to let New York get away with just NYC cut out, you need to do the same for Washington: just cut out Seattle and the surrounding urban agglomeration. The same probably applies to some of those other states.

        I’ve never lived in Washington State so I couldn’t comment on the “non-Seattle” portions of the State. I HAVE lived in New York, which is why I was specific about cutting off NYC. That Progressive Marxist cesspool drags down the good, decent, hard-working people of Upstate New York with their foolishness and disdain for all things upright.

        platypus in reply to Radegunda. | August 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Please stop at the Tacoma Narrows so us Key Peninsula folk can be safe. 🙂

    Well, California-Oregon-Washington will be merged to become Leftcoastpaq.

    Which other mergers will she undertake?

Shouldn’t you anti-Carlyists be claiming that as president she would purchase Canada?

    Now THAT is a capital idea. Yes we would have to deal with some of their Progressive crapola, but the natural resources gained might be worth it.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Rick. | August 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    No the Donald would buy Canada, for some of the bad things there it is an overall good buy. Carly would buy Greece.

      For the right price ~I~ would buy Greece.

      Reform the Culture, replace the work ethic and set them up with a export economy, and actually enforce a reasonable tax system fairly and impartially, and Greece’s problems take care of themselves.

      The fact that Greece is sitting on 10 TRILLION Euros of Petroleum products would make it a steal.

Carly’s jabs at Hillary = +. But her unnecessary, snarky swipes at Trump exposed her as still having the petty traits of a real estate office secretary, which also characterizes the majority of GOP establishment, and Dems, and their functionaries.

I understand that the tier two candidates were all vying for a bump into the upper realm and I also think that there are several who made the first string (Kasich, Huckabee, Walker, Carson) that shouldn’t, but throwing glitter onto Carly in attempts to make her a star starter in this race is a waste of serious consideration.

This lady remains unimpressed.

PS: Regarding Trump’s refusal to pledge support for any/ all possible GOP candidates and not run 3rd party, I submit the following: If the RNC imposes either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio upon us in 20216, this conservative voter will either stay home or vote 3rd party for the first time in my decades long voting history. I write as one who supported both of these gentlemen in years past but am now much older, wiser and less tolerant of fraud and deceit. Nunca mas!

    If the Party imposes JEB!(tm) on us, I WILL be voting 3rd party.


    I would far, far rather give the Republican Party a screaming, fiery death by fracturing it in half, than to let it limp along in it’s current zombie-like state, lurching from one RINO Democrat masquerading as a Republican to another. See John McCain 2008, Bob Dole 1996, Mitt Romney 2012 (although Romney was ~better~, but only because he had to be pulled by the nose by Tea-Party influence).

    Break the “establishment” and the people will actually CHOOSE which side they want to be on: Conservative, where their beliefs actually lie, or Liberal Republican, where they nominally think they “ought” to be.

I hope it was her breakout moment. She’s the most articulate, unshakable candidate from either party, unperturbed by gotcha media. I don’t believe her campaign has had to say “she misspoke” once. She sticks to policy positions and criticism of progressive idiocy and dishonesty. Absolutely the best at “not taking the bait”.

Speaking of Chris Matthews, what a contrast between his interviews with Fiorina and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. I can’t believe any Democrat with a brain could fail to take note of how sharp Fiorina is and how imbecilic DWS is. Granted, DWS isn’t running for Pres, but she’s the “face” of the Dems, a fact about which they should be acutely and chronically embarrassed.

Nobody but me cares for my opinion, and that’s saying a whole lot.

Fiorina stepped right of the set of Death Valley Days into the early bout. She won going away.

Long term winners on account of just last night’s bouts are going to be far different than the next-day calls. And those that will come back best after the wound tape is off are Fiorina, Walker, Cruz and Carson.