Josh Marshall sums up the GOP debate last night in Des Moines.
I haven’t looked at the transcript. But my impression was that for the last 90 minutes of the debate, or maybe the last hour, Trump’s name was barely mentioned.
Early on Cruz definitely tried to dominate the stage, making himself the one who would address Trump’s absence and try to wrangle control over the stage. But he quickly slid into his characteristic overweening style that Chris Wallace shot down in an early, extended exchange. He lacked the heft to dominate the exchange.
From there there were really two and half engagements: Bush vs Rubio and Cruz vs Rubio with a bit Paul vs Cruz thrown in.
In other words, same stuff-different day.
I watched a couple of re-runs of The Big Bang Theory and went to bed.