If I can provide one suggestion to you it is this:
Watch it with Twitter.
That’s right, The Twitter. Yes I know that your friends are hilarious and witty, and the Trump Drinking Game you designed is really clever, but for this type of event, nothing beats the crowd-sourcing of commentary from that ubiquitous app.
On that note, I don’t follow the campaigns or their surrogates for this type of event. You want to follow the politicos and pundits — and better yet, the pundits who follow lots of other pundits.
I like to follow a number of the gang from National Review, who in turn follow a giant gaggle of others. Another is @Instapundit (Glenn Reynolds) who has a wide and varied swath whom he follows, and I never know what he’s going to re-Tweet. Iowa Hawk (David Burge) is always good for a double-take. And then there are some of your big national names (the Michelle Malkins and Laura Ingrahams) who are on top of the issues.
You are bound to get some bias in there, of course. But by having a decent sized group, you can get some perspective.
So here is what I will do:
For those of you on the Twitter, particularly if you’re new, go to my page @LeavenworthSt (and I will probably do the same @WheelsDownPols) and click on the “Lists” link at the top. Then go to my “GOP Debate Pundits” list, and that should get you rolling. (Hit the “New Tweet” button to get the new ones that will roll in every 5 seconds or so.) You can “Subscribe”, but I don’t think you have to.
Note that you will need a Twitter account to do this. If you’re not on the Twitter…what are you waiting for? It’s incredibly easy to sign up — you don’t need to bother with all of the look of your page and photos and all that now. Do it later, if you want. Then start following people. Just click the Follow button.
And then you will also find, at other times, that Twitter is the #1 place to go for breaking news. Granted, it’s also the #1 place to go for FALSE breaking news. But if you hear the first inklings of a news story, search for it (up at the search bar) and you will find all of the first info on it — before Drudge or CNN or anyone else, usually. Remember that the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound was Tweeted live by a neighbor.
Don’t worry about Tweeting original stuff yourself, but re-Tweeting tweets (especially from me) is always good. Just hit the little rotating arrows icon under the Tweet, and you’re good to go. (And if you’re brand-spanking new, note that “Replies” to Tweets are NOT private between you and the Tweeter.)
Now feel free to enjoy yourself at the Marco Rubio party at Big Fred’s or any of the other gigs in your area. But I’m just saying that if you REALLY want to engage for this type of event, The Twitter is the place to be. (Though the food is still better at Fred’s…)
And what of the debate itself tonight?
Well, if Trump wasn’t on the stage, the ratings would probably be about meh, right? Were any of them the last two go-arounds any big deal? But they’re Must See TV now, yeah?
Look, I still don’t think Trump’s numbers can add up to make him win. I think he has a ceiling under x% that he probably can’t top. I believe political number-cruncher Nate Silver is giving him something like a 2% chance.
I didn’t see him taking it this far.
Even when he “screws up”, he turns it into a win.
His crowds at events are pretty amazing — and crowds are not an easy thing to put together in today’s politics.
And the Washington Post recently ran a story pointing out his use of words that have befuddled pundits and his opposition.
All that being said, I just can’t really see Trump sitting in the Oval Office.
But in the mean time, You. Just. Can’t. Look. Away.
Hey, you will be sooooo happy to know that Congressman Brad Ashford (D/R/I – NE02) has pledged to GIVE UP HIS PAY if the Government shuts down.
We will expect — and accept — nothing less than Ashford writing a giant novelty check, like they do on the Fantasy Football ads, to the U.S. Treasury for each week…nay, DAY…that the shutdown occurs.
And to put a finer point on it, we hope that he does it in front of his own NICE HOUSE to prove that even with said NICE HOUSE, he is still doing the #1 most important thing that matters to the voters of #NE02.
I can just hear the golf-clap now as he autographs the deposit…
State Senator Mike Groene has a good Op-Ed in the LJS today regarding Wind Energy tax credits.
He has led the fight in the legislature against this, and gives a strong argument.
(To hear more from Groene, listen to my podcast interview with him on The Wheels Down Politics Show.)
Speaking of podcasts, there will be a new one up here tomorrow. In the mean time, if you want to listen to any or ALL of our past shows, go to WheelsDownPolitics.com and peruse away!
While many of you listen to all of the podcast, I know that many of you can’t find the time, or can’t decide to listen. Hopefully you’ll take 79 seconds to listen to this short clip and see if you want to hear more.
See you tonight!