The moderators ask the dumbest questions possible with as much snark and leftist panache one can muster.  I don’t know what came over Megyn Kelly last night, but several times I had to double-check that I wasn’t watching a special edition of The View.  Still, this was one of the most lively debates I can remember in a long time.

If I had to summarize, this debate was to lift up Jeb Bush, push down Trump, give a boost to Kasich so he can hand Ohio to Bush, keep Cruz and Carson from getting any air time – my God, we can’t let real and consistent conservatives talk!  Carson’s closing statement was very good. Cruz nailed every question he was asked, which were far too few.  Kasich sounded like a Democrat more often than not.

Moderators were sure to ask Scott Walker questions that might make him twist in the wind just a wee bit, Rand Paul picked fights with everyone, Huckabee was Huckabee, Chris Christie sounded good but really didn’t answer his questions, and Rubio was very consistent.

Winner: Hard to say. Rubio was the most consistent and hit Hillary the most — at least when the moderators let him talk.
Honestly, I think Carly Fiorina might have won… and she was in the early debate held with the 7  who didn’t make it to the main event.

Loser: Fox news.

Who got the most talk time? HERE.

Full Video HERE.

So, here are the links in no particular order:

August 6th GOP Debate Transcript – Washington Post

Open Thread: 2016 GOP Main Event Presidential Debate. – Weasel Zippers 

Social Media says Fiorina wins early Republican debate – Breitbart

Two GOP debates, One Winner. – Washington Examiner

Trump alters how rest of GOP field is perceived – National Review Online

Trump says “questions were not nice,” Rubio makes best of his time – Hot Air

Carly Rules the Fox News Night – PJ Media

The 2016 election for dummies – Doug Ross

First GOP Debate: Candidate Report Card – Breitbart

Rubio Wins – Washington Free Beacon

Ben Carson’s Powerful Closing Statement is Causing a Buzz for One Simple Reason – IJ Review

GOP Candidates Describe Hillary In 2 Words… – Weasel Zippers

The GOP Debate Was Awesome. We Need More Like It – Federalist

Megyn Kelly Confronts Trump: ‘When Exactly Did You Become a Republican?’ His Response…WOW. – IJ Review

Video: Let’s get this party started right, with Trump’s refusal to say he won’t run Indy – Hot Air

Video: Christie and Paul throw down on security and surveillance – Hot Air

Rand Paul Accused Donald Trump Of Buying Politicians. Then The Billionaire Turned The Tables On Him – IJ Review

It Got Personal Real Fast for Chris Christie When Talk Turned to 9/11. But Rand Paul Fired Back… – IJ Review

The 2016 Political Report: Carly dominates, Rubio shines, Jeb stumbles – Washington Examiner

Jeb Bush on Trump, allegedly: “Buffoon,” “clown,” “a**hole” – Hot Air

Trump to Megyn Kelly: I Don’t Have Time For Political Correctness and Neither Does This Country – Real Clear Politics

The 10 Worst Donald Trump Moments From The 1st GOP Debate – Federalist

Trump blasts Fox News: I thought Megyn Kelly behaved very badly. – Breitbart

Ouch! Rand Paul SLAMS Christie “I Don’t Trust President Obama – If You Want to Hug Him Go Right Ahead” (Video) – Gateway Pundit

The 3 Most and Least Libertarian Moments of The First GOP Debate –

Mike Huckabee to be remembered for ‘pimp tax’ proposal during GOP debate – Twitchy

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