Personally I would prefer a very different format. Give everyone the same question in private (so they don’t have the advantage of hearing their opponent’s answer), record their responses and put them up on the web. Then people can see the answers to the questions from every candidate for the questions that matter to them and skip the inconsequential material.
But you can’t have a 6 hour debate with 15 people on live TV. It doesn’t work. And these television networks are not going to choose to go with a web based solution. So they went with a two tier system with the top 6 or 7 in the first slot and the next 6 or 7 in the second slot.
Totally agree with you DrFrost. I think the media won't do it because they're all about ratings. Under their current format, we won't get a real debate til it get down to 3 or less...
Ted Cruz / Michele Bachmann 2016
[-1] February 4, 2016 at 8:51am
She was ahead of 4 (and just barely ahead of 3 of these people). Two of those have since dropped out. And she’s behind 6 others. How does this translate to her being “ahead of most of the guys on the stage”?
 February 4, 2016 at 8:44am
When Trump does it, it’s being smart. If someone else does it, it’s dirty tricks.
This reminds me of the Hogan’s Heroes episode where an undetonated bomb lands in the middle of the compound and Hogan is trying to disarm it. He gets down to two wires and he’s not sure which one to cut so he asks Colonel Klink to choose. Then he cuts the other wire and everyone is saved. Klink asks him how he knew which one to cut and his response was: “I didn’t know which one to cut. But I knew you’d choose the wrong one.”
I think the same comment applied in this case. If you weren’t sure which republican candidate to go with, you can rest assured that Carter would choose the wrong one.
Excellent observation. My first thought was "who cares" what he thinks, but in all fairness he was responding to a question. I think Mr. Cruz's snarky comment about sending him flowers was definitely top drawer - what a nice way of saying NSS.
 February 4, 2016 at 8:36am
So another leader who surrounds himself with “yes men” and who is going to be completely misinformed for his entire tenure in office. Trump has more in common with Obama than I realized…
Obama really isn't this monster that you paint him to be
February 4, 2016 at 8:35am
Rubio, Cruz and Paul were my top three. I’d be happy to vote for Rubio or Cruz in November now that Paul has dropped out.
Rubio is soft on immigration. We all know he’s going to push some form of amnesty once the border is secure. He even said as much in the debates. (And, honestly, it’s hard to argue with some of his points.) Furthermore, I like his tax plan the least between the top three. But on many other issues I agree with him and I think he’d make a great president.
February 3, 2016 at 5:33pm
And if you ever had any doubt that Dawkins has left real science behind for his own flavor of faith – look no further for your proof than this.
 February 3, 2016 at 5:30pm
You are obviously not a scientist. Evolution is a theory. The fact that scientists are very confident in that theory does not mean we no longer refer to it as such.
February 2, 2016 at 10:53am
Why would he choose Bachmann? If you’re smart (and Cruz is) you choose a VP candidate who is going to help you win – either win some key state, some group of voters or shore up some weakness (perceived or real). I have no issues with Bachmann but Minnesota is not exactly a swing state.
Totally understand your idea DrFrost. That works fine for establishment presidents. But if your a Tea Party president & you value your life, ideologically it's wise to choose a Tea Party VP to protect you. Obama has Biden to protect him, two radical left wing Marx's nut jobs. Reagan didn't have protection, that's why his passionate haters tried to take him out. Michele Bachmann or Allen West are two good VP choices for Ted Cruz...
Ted Cruz / Michele Bachmann 2016
 February 2, 2016 at 10:39am
I think Iowa is becoming much less relevant to anyone paying attention. Who cares who won the first 100 yards of a marathon. At one point in time the momentum provided by winning this first state could make a difference. Not any more. It’s simply become a wake-up call for people who don’t have a chance.
Trump is going to win NH, the next primary state, and he’s expected to win by double digits. Then you have a couple of other states (SC and Nev I believe) before you hit early March. I predict Trump will do well in February. But, again, it’s just the early stages of a marathon. March is going to tell the story and things can change a lot between now and then.
Just to be clear, I’m not a Trump fan. I have no idea what principles he stands on. I’m not even sure he has any principles other than “winning.” Pick a random issue (not one where national poll results are known) – do you think you can predict what side he would come down on? I can’t vote for someone like that.
Irrelevant in Trump v Cruz, very relevant for Rubio. He's favored to win now, at 56%
February 2, 2016 at 8:18am
Natural born citizen has come to mean “citizen at birth.” You can point out that this is not what was intended by the founding fathers (and you’d be right). But it simply doesn’t matter at this point. If you were a citizen at the moment of your birth, you’re eligible.
SCOTUS will have to determine that and if cruz wins it will be challenged.
February 1, 2016 at 8:31am
Why not? It’s certainly consistent with how he’s treated Megyn Kelly. Do you remember how bizarre the Trump/Rosey thing was. Most mature adults would have behaved very differently. Why would Trump give a second thought to what Rosey thought about him? Most people would have made a joke about it and brushed it off. But Trump just couldn’t let it go. This is reflective of a deep character flaw – plain and simple. And if he’s elected president it will come back to haunt us all.
 January 28, 2016 at 3:04pm
We’re heading for a financial cliff and Biden is poking fun at the people who were for (well… at least voiced approval for) cutting entitlement programs.
 January 28, 2016 at 2:59pm
Houston and Austin are very liberal areas in a large conservative state. Their politics are very different from the rest of the state and this sort of publicity stunt is exactly what I’d expect from them. Texas is doing everything it can to shut down abortion clinics and Houston and Austin are doing everything they can to fight back.
 January 28, 2016 at 2:39pm
He’s not a conservative. His principles seem to have no basis in the constitution whatsoever. On many issues he’s all over the map. And 2 years ago if you’d have asked people which party Trump belonged to the vast majority would have said democrat. Why? Because he’s never been outspoken for any conservative values, he’s made more donations to democrats than republicans and he’s from New York.
He’s not running on substance. He’s short on specifics and simply states the same mantra over and over: “We’re doing terrible. We’re not winning. I’ll change that.” It’s “hope and change” all over again. Just say something that people will broadly agree with and let them assume whatever specifics they care to.
I have no idea what kind of president he’d be. In most hypothetical situations I couldn’t begin to predict which side he’d come down on. He is, to me, as unpredictable as the wind.
He has three things going for him. He’s a successful businessman. He’s an outsider angry at Washington. And he’s entertaining. If we’re going to elect someone to be president based solely on those qualities then we deserve what we get.
Thurston Howell III is a successful businessman, he's an outsider, and he's entertaining. I think some supporters of Prima Donnald would actually vote for him.
 January 28, 2016 at 11:03am
In fact, the people at church may (on a whole) be worse than average. Why? Well, it might be the people who are at the bottom (morally) who more readily realize their need for Christ while the people who lead relatively moral lives (compared to the average person) don’t see any need to repent. Christians are, of course, supposed to transform and become more Christ-like but this doesn’t happen overnight. For some it happens slowly and for some it doesn’t seem to happen at all.
A church is, in some ways, similar to a gym. At first thought you’d think everyone with a gym membership must be in really good shape and dedicated to their personal fitness. And some of the people there are like that. But there’s also a lot of people who aren’t fit and are struggling to address that issue. Trainers, much like pastors, are held to a higher standard and when we see one of them binging on a big mac with fries and washing it all down with a soda we’re…. disappointed. They couldn’t possibly be in shape and truly dedicated to health and do that!?!?! Could they?!?! It must all be a lie!?!?!
The truth, like us, can be complicated sometimes.
 January 28, 2016 at 10:50am
I don’t think anyone in this story is ashamed of Jesus. Turns out Saeed is a sinner. Not really a shocker since we’re all sinners. He’s need to repent, ask God for forgiveness and move forward. As do we all on a daily basis. Mine sin might hurt someone’s feelings. Your’s might cost you a friendship. The addict’s might cost him his life. Saeed’s may cost him his marriage. But thanks to Jesus it doesn’t have to cost us our relationship with the Father.
Why did she tweet this on Monday? Megyn Kelly @megynkelly Jan 25
.@ChrisStirewalt on 2016 race: “This race will look totally different, I promise, on Friday than it does today.” #KellyFile #GOPDebate
To me, it looks like she was making this debate all about Trump.
Considering Cruz isn't legally allowed to coordinate with PAC's, doesn't it seem an awful lot like he is coordinating with PAC's?
 January 28, 2016 at 9:19am
“An attack on any faith is an attack on all our faiths,” Obama said.
And yet he does absolutely nothing when christians or jews are being slaughtered. But if a muslim does anything he’s quick to remind us that there better not be any backlash against them!
 January 28, 2016 at 9:16am
Once again Obama chooses to divide rather than unite. Surprise surprise.