Rumble on the Cuyahoga: The First 2016 GOP Primary Debate
Huffington Post - 08/07/2015
Now that was a debate. Back in 2012 it was the live audience that got rowdy at the presidential primary debates. This time it was the folks onstage, candidates and moderators alike. And somehow it all stemmed from the presence of Donald Trump, the spiritual epicenter of this event, whose outsize persona dominated the proceedings from beginning to end.
Things got off to a rollicking start with Trump’s show-of-hands refusal to rule out a third-party run and Rand Paul’s aggressive reaction. This riveting kickoff set a pugilistic tone for the debate that never subsided.
There was Megyn Kelly’s question to Trump about the nasty comments he had made about women, with Trump returning fire on Megyn Kelly. Chris Christie drawing blood from Paul over government surveillance, and Paul reminding the world that Christie had — horrors! — hugged President Obama. Trump telling Paul, “I don’t think you heard me. You’re having a hard time tonight.” Kelly asking Trump, “When did you actually become a Republican?” The action sprawled in every direction: candidate-on-candidate, candidate-on-moderator, moderator-on-candidate.