Carly Fiorina Wins In TKO In Republican “Happy Hour” Debate Undercard
As far as I can tell, everyone in the Republican Party is running for president this time around. In fact, there were so many candidates that FoxNews had to divide tonight's debate into an undercard with seven debaters and a main event with ten based on polling numbers. Think of it as a ten-team Premier League, with losers being relegated back to the lower league, and perhaps winners from the Happy Hour Debate getting promoted. So actually, being in the undercard wasn't a bad thing. And considering they didn't have to be in the same room as Donald Trump, it may have been the better place to be tonight.
The seven debaters were Carly Fiorina, Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Gov. George Pataki, and former Gov. Jim Gilmore (why couldn't they have added one more male candidate so I could have referred to them as Carly and the Seven Dwarves?). And for the most part, they tried not to step on their own tongues. They took shots at frontrunners Trump and Jeb Bush (mostly the latter), but spent most of their time agreeing with each other's strong conservative values.
Imagine if George W. Bush debated after drinking a 12-pack of Shiner Bock. That's why I'm so excited every time Rick Perry talks. #GOPDebate
— Charles (@MrLXC) August 7, 2015
And true to form, Rick Perry had the night's gaffes trying to remember if Beirut was in Lebanon or Iran (do I really need to tell you?), and might even have said "Ronald Raven" (sorry, Dude, even the glasses can't hide it). And true to Jon Stewart's imitation of him, Graham just appeared to be sad. But the one candidate who seemed to show up prepared and with strong camera appeal was former Lucent and HP CEO Carly Fiorina.
— National Review (@NRO) August 7, 2015
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) August 7, 2015
In spite of this, it looks like Perry may have scored Pyrrhic Victory in Alaska:
— The Hill (@thehill) August 6, 2015
So it looks like Carly was the Norwich City of this debate, and may get to campaign against the big boys next time. With Trump in the room, maybe that's the true Pyrrhic Victory.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.