National Review: “Ryan is well aware of the potential for that distrust to undermine him, and he seemed careful to avoid feeding it on Thursday. When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) moved to hug the new speaker after presenting him with the gavel, Ryan opted for a cordial handshake, instead — thereby avoiding a politically problematic photo-op.”
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CNBC attracted an average of 14 million viewers to its Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
It was the highest watched show in the channel’s history.
A new Gravis Marketing survey found that 27% of voters think Donald Trump won last night’s GOP presidential debate, followed by Marco Rubio at 21%, Ted Cruz at 17% and Ben Carson at 13%.
On the other side, 26% thought Jeb Bush lost the debate, followed by Rand Paul at 24% and John Kasich at 15%.
The Hill reports that several unscientific online surveys also found Trump as the winner.
“This is the loneliest place in the world, almost as lonely as the presidency.”
— House Speaker John Boehner, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, reflecting on leaving his post.
Frank Rich: “Bush is finished. I’d argue that he was never a real candidate to begin with, for all the money and Establishment support he attracted. There are three basic requirements for running for president: a cause or causes you vehemently want to advance, the proverbial fire in the belly, and an enthusiastic group of grassroots supporters who want to propel you to the White House. Bush had none of the three. His campaign has been a study in incompetence that has mainly dramatized the candidate’s sense of entitlement.”
“What’s also remarkable is how little Jeb is aware of the changes in his own party. He has seemed perpetually surprised by the heathens in the GOP’s midst. He should not have been. His own father, with his race-baiting Willie Horton campaign against Michael Dukakis, helped invite in the crazies. His brother and Karl Rove gave sotto voce encouragement to the gay-bashing forces of the religious right, and looked the other way as Sarah Palin paved the way for Trump, Carson, and Cruz. Yet Jeb still clung to a belief that the old-school patrician ethos of his parents could run to his rescue in 2016. History will look back at him, if it looks at all, as a world-class fool and the last exhausted gasp of a GOP that no longer exists.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “took a victory lap on Thursday morning after delivering a breakout performance during the raucous third GOP debate, but he was careful to not spike the football,” Politico reports.
“Rubio, who has made a point of keeping a low profile throughout his campaign in a bid to avoid peaking too early, took to the talk shows to bash CNBC for the confrontational debate questions, a widely held complaint among the still-15-candidate-strong Republican presidential field. But he emphasized that the election is still a ways away and passed on an opportunity to double down on Jeb Bush, his former mentor whom he smacked down on the debate stage when Bush tried to attack him for his spotty Senate voting record.”
“The U.S. House of Representatives elected Republican Paul D. Ryan as the chamber’s 62nd speaker, catapulting one of its youngest members to the top job in hopes that a policy-oriented, fiscal conservative could give the party a fresh start after years of strife,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Mr. Ryan built his candidacy on the promise of a more inclusive House, a pledge responding to dissent among the rank and file that the House has been run in a top-down fashion, with members being asked to vote on legislation they had little time to study and little input in developing.”
First Read: “The most significant story from last night is that Jeb Bush’s campaign now finds itself on life support, especially after Bush swung and missed when trying to hit Rubio over his Senate voting record.”
“It was the equivalent of a teenager who, after telling the whole school that he was going to fight a classmate at lunchtime, ended up being the one taking the licking. We’ve covered politics long enough to know that a presidential candidate can rise from the dead (John McCain), withstand a bad debate performance (Barack Obama), and shine when it counts rather than months before the first votes are cast (John Kerry). But Jeb Bush is in trouble right now. Big trouble.”
“For Bush, last night’s debate will either be the moment that ended his presidential campaign, or the point when his campaign hit rock bottom (because he can’t go any lower, right?). But to buy time, Team Bush has to do something to calm the campaign’s most ardent supporters — whether it’s new campaign staff or Bush admitting to strategic mistakes.”
Smart Politics examined the 50 presidential campaigns by sitting U.S. Senators since 1972 and found that only one of these candidates – Bob Dole in 1996 – resigned from his seat before the presidential election, but that was only after the end of the primary season.
Jimmy Kimmel asked people what they thought of last night Republican presidential debate — before it happened.
“They want us to kill each other.”
— Gov. Chris Christie, quoted by The Hill, on the CNBC moderators of last night’s debate.
Byron York: “After a performance by CNBC moderators that Republicans characterized as both biased and inept, a manager for a top GOP campaign says he will try to organize other campaigns to force the Republican National Committee to make ‘wholesale change’ in the debate process.”
Gawker: “Over the last ten years, Ben Carson has given speeches for Mannatech, a sketchy nutritional supplement company that does not, surprisingly, produce actual snake oil. He’s appeared in infomercials. He admits the company helped fund his endowed chair at Johns Hopkins. He even endorsed their product during the GOP debate Wednesday. But one thing he denies? Having ‘any kind of relationship with them.’ Huh?”
“This is… untrue. Carson, the Wall Street Journal pointed out earlier this month, has often made reference to a long and lucrative association with the company that he says has been good for both his career and his health.”
“The third Republican presidential debate was supposed to be one that winnowed the field. Instead, it is likely to revive several faltering candidates, while harming only one — former front-runner Jeb Bush,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“The event Wednesday night suggested that, even as the Democratic contest is narrowing, the race for the Republican nomination remains wide open, with months to go before the first states to vote — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — finally force some consolidation onto a field that still includes more than a dozen candidates.”
Rick Klein: “If the Republican Party has a path out of its extended Trump moment, it didn’t find it at the third GOP debate of the election cycle. Wednesday night’s debate was as chaotic as the race it was designed to help sort out. A race that features two outsiders on top saw a group of veteran politicians squabble among themselves and take on the media as a group, with little apparent clarity imposed on the race. In its broadest strokes, the debate marked an attempt by members of the party establishment to reclaim the nominating process from forces they’ve struggled to understand and adjust to. But nobody on stage seemed to connect in a way that would change the dynamics that have Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading a field of veteran elected office holders.”
A new Kentucky Bluegrass Poll finds Jack Conway (D) leading Matt Bevin in the race for Kentucky governor by five points, 45% to 40%.
“This is not a cage match.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz, quoted by MSNBC, at last night’s GOP debate.
Frank Luntz tells Mike Allen that Ted Cruz’s attack on the media scored 97/98 out of 100 with a live dial group Luntz was conducting in Des Moines.
Said Luntz: “I started dialing debates in 1996. That is the highest primary debate score I’ve ever registered. … 100 means that every person in the group would have had their dials to 100. So this score means that 24 of the 26 [participants] had their dials as high as they would go. … He said what every conservative has been thinking. … They really hate these moderators.”