Takeaways from the Third GOP Debate

I feel like I am in high school again

John Egelkrout


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When I was in high school, I was on the newspaper staff. Our paper, Hatchet Highlights, came out once a week and covered most of the events at our school. There were news clips about upcoming dances, sports news, and all the usual stuff you might find in a high school newspaper.

One of my least favorite topics to cover was junior varsity anything. No one cared how the JV was doing except the kids who were on the team, the parents of the kids on the team, and maybe the coach. These were the stories I didn’t really want to write because I knew no one was going to read them

That is a little how I feel writing about the third GOP debate. In the political world, this clearly was a junior varsity event. I’m almost embarrassed to admit I watched any of it.

With only five candidates remaining, those on the stage were nearing the “put-up-or-shut-up” stage of the election cycle and if they hoped to continue on this impossible quest, they needed to break away from the pack.

None of them did.

In looking over the field, it is interesting to note that of the six candidates for the GOP nomination (I’m including Trump here), two of them are from Florida, two of them are from next door in South Carolina, one is from up the street in New Jersey, and the only “westerner” is Vivek Ramaswamy, who is from Ohio. Just for the record, Ohio hasn’t really been considered “the west” since colonial days.

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The candidates and their current status

When I looked at the five candidates on stage, it was difficult to picture any of them in the White House. They just don’t have it, whatever “it”is. The debate looked almost obligatory, as though the GOP has to at least go through the motions of having a debate even though it knows Trump will be the candidate.

For the life of me, I could not understand why Tim Scott was up there. The few times he spoke, I mostly felt like I was sitting in church listening to a boring sermon and trying to stay…



John Egelkrout

I am a former teacher who works a small organic farm with my wife. I write about politics, education, social issues and a variety of other topics..