“I’ll look in the camera right now and tell you, Donald, I know you’re watching,” said Christie, trying on his faux-New Jersey tough guy persona. “You can’t help yourself. I know you’re watching. OK? “And you’re not here tonight not because of polls and not because of your indictments, you’re not here tonight because you’re afraid of being on this stage and defending your record,” he continued. “You’re ducking these things. And let me tell you what’s gonna happen: Nobody up here is gonna call you Donald Trump anymore, we’re gonna call you Donald Duck.” Oh ho ho. Get it? I see what he did there. Yes, Chris Christie has four children and I’m sure he’s a devoted father, but we didn’t need his dad jokes to un-enliven what was already a banal, platitudinous night. And here’s the thing: Neither Christie nor DeSantis is right. [firefly_poll] In the first place, according to RealClearPolitics, Trump sits at 56.6 percent in an average of polls, over 42 points ahead of second-place DeSantis. What’s more, he’s the only person who would have been on stage who would have had presidential experience to defend. Republican voters have already seen his record — and, for the moment, they see no better alternative. Secondly, what Trump missed was, inter alia, a very important, very heated debate between two South Carolinians over … curtains.
.@GovChristie looks directly into the camera and calls out Donald TrumpIf you keep ducking debates they’re gonna call you Donald Duck pic.twitter.com/hpcEOOIzls — Media Research Center (@theMRC) September 28, 2023
The two South Carolinians in the race — Sen. Tim Scott and Nikki Haley, the Palmetto State’s former governor who also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration — got into an unfriendly exchange over whether Haley had overspent on curtains for the residence of the U.N. ambassador. “Talk about someone who has never seen a federal dollar she doesn’t like,” Scott said. “Bring it, Tim!” Haley responded. “You literally put $50,000 on curtains,” Scott said. When Haley noted that this was “bad information,” Scott urged people to “just go to YouTube.” Just to be clear here: If curtains are indeed going to be a deciding factor in how you cast your primary vote, The Hill notes that the purchase of the expensive window treatments in question was made before Haley’s time as U.N. ambassador, during the Obama administration. (If you want to go to YouTube, feel free. There’s probably a hilarious video of a cat dancing along to Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” going viral, or something like that.) The fact is, however, Scott vs. Haley on Curtaingate was the defining moment of Wednesday’s debate — not in terms of who spent the 50 grand on the curtains, mind you, but on summing up the whole experience. Yes, some candidates managed to make salient points during the two-hour event. But if you missed it, let me sum it up for you: Fentanyl bad. “My record good.” Chinese Communist Party bad. “My record on China good. His record on China bad.” Fentanyl very bad. “My record good.” Bidenomics bad. “My economic record good.” Also, Doug Burgum desperately trying to get the attention of anyone who would listen on energy. Each of these candidates are, at best, 42 points behind Trump in the RealClearPolitics polling aggregate. Some of them made good arguments that bear repeating and examination over the days to come, but none of them made a convincing argument that will change the rankings. Why, then, would Trump show up? To avouch that he’d pay for his own curtains? Or to laugh Chris Christie out of the Reagan Library for that cringe-viral “Donald Duck” line? Because those were the two best answers the people on stage seemed to provide Wednesday night. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Tim Scott: Nikki Haley “has never seen a federal dollar she doesn’t like!”Nikki Haley: “Bring it Tim!” Tim Scott: “You literally put $50,000 on curtains!” Nikki Haley: “You got bad information!” Tim Scott: “Just go to YouTube!” pic.twitter.com/607VdBzZSk — Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 28, 2023