As third debate looms, the biggest question for Republicans

2016 graphicThe third GOP debate is set for tonight, and pundits are nattering.

Longwinded discussions abound, about everything from skewed information about Sen. Marco Rubio’s (FL) vote record to Donald Trump’s second place status in the over-hyped state of Iowa. Dr. Ben Carson’s faith has been a topic for discussion, and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) remains a target of power brokers in his own party.

Tonight there will be 10 Republican candidates on the stage at the Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado. It’s my opinion several shouldn’t be on the stage at all because they have no hope of winning the nomination and they consistently poll rock bottom. The bottom rungers are there for political purposes only.

Hopefully a large bulk of the time won’t go to a bottom rung candidate as it has in the past two debates.

One big question, however, should top all the rest. 

Who is the candidate who can beat the Democrats’ nominee?

Republicans have a number of viable, qualified candidates with backgrounds spanning different sectors, from government service to the medical field. While the ‘establishmentarians’ fixate on governors, the grassroots seem to be fixing on anything but.

The Dems’ nominee is a given. That party’s voters are in the same position we Republicans were in in 2008 and 2012. All powers converged in those years to pre-designate a nominee, shutting out the millions of voices who wanted to contribute to the debate. We paid for it by losing twice.

Not only were the last two GOP nominees unable to capture enough hearts to win, they were unable to deal with the other opponent all GOP candidates run against—a hostile media.

That hostile media, by the way, is one reason I am still angry at our 2012 nominee Mitt Romney who had the audacity to criticize alt-media and praise the status quo. Had it not been for alt-media, Romney wouldn’t have got the votes he did.

Tip to GOP contenders—don’t criticize independent media friendly to your side of the aisle.

Just as important—don’t criticize people in your base. That is just plain stupid.

Do you see Democrats criticizing the (US) Nation of Islam? Or the green profiteers? Or major media who reliably advocate for leftists?  Of course not. 

Take a page from the Dems and go after the real challenge—the candidate you want to beat in the presidential election.

On the Dems’ end of the 2016 field is a seasoned politico, Mrs. Hillary Clinton. While much has been made of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, self-declared socialist, only a miracle could wrest the nomination from Mrs. Clinton’s tight hold.

Democrats seem unconcerned about the dynasty they are more or less required to support. Think about it for a moment.

Mrs. Clinton’s husband Bill held the White House from 1993-2001. Fourteen years later, Democrats are bent on selecting a second Clinton to take the presidency for at least four more years starting in 2017. Some Democrats I’ve talked to have concerns about vesting that much power in a single family; most don’t.

What’s the single greatest difference between most Republican candidates and Mrs. Clinton? Taxes

Whether it’s King George in our war of secession labeled the ‘Revolution’, or the current federal bureaucracy, we are taxed on, as Mrs. Clinton told leaders in Pakistan (2009) “everything”.

The former first lady who became a US senator as soon as she and her husband departed the White House summed up the central philosophy all big government extremists share, regardless of the degree of state control over wealth. Chiding the Pakistanis for not taxing their people enough, Mrs. Clinton said:

“We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move…”  

It’s useful to point out that for the record, we haven’t had real capitalism for decades. The consequences of that can be revealed by looking in your wallet.

Tonight’s debate will position targets on the backs of three or four candidates—Trump, Carson, Rubio, and probably Cruz. Those candidates will be required to robustly defend their positions as the rest of the group converges to deliver a wallop.

As you watch, bear in mind the overriding premise.

Mrs. Clinton as it now stands will be the Democrats’ nominee.

Which Republican candidate can effectively debate, out-strategize, and beat her in 2016?

Ask yourself that question so that we do not again select a nominee who will bring a bubble wand to a street fight. Envision each candidate on a stage with Mrs. Clinton. Who can take her down in a debate? Like it or not, that is important.

And accept something else. No candidate is going to be perfect in every sense, and as we have seen with presidents dating to the country’s founding, presidents can evolve on the issues.

If you want positive change, the not-status-quo has to win. And the several candidates in that field are all Republican.


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The Republican National Committee website provides full information about the October 28 debate in Colorado. (Snip: RNC:

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 28, 2015)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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