'Grumpy Old Men' Part Two

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The most mind-boggling part of the whole debate performance was trying to wrap your mind around the idea that one of these two old coots will actually wind up being the Democrat nominee. But as of Sunday night, they were America’s only choice. Here you have two men with 155 years of combined accumulated wisdom here on planet Earth. Together, they have served in Washington a combined 76 years. And they are squabbling like a couple of schoolchildren about irrelevant nonsense on the playground. When you try to take them seriously and consider their actual records and the issues they have devoted their most to during their decades in Washington, things get even bleaker.

Is Ocasio-Cortez Afraid of Candace Owens?

David Catron, The American Spectator

Socialism has wreaked havoc everywhere it has been implemented — every time — and is always accompanied by tyranny. Free market capitalism has quite literally lifted billions out of poverty and is always associated with the expansion of individual liberty. But Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know the history of either system and isn’t planning to learn. As Cicero phrased it, “To be ignorant of the past is to be forever a child.” This is why Ocasio-Cortez so often talks like a Valley Girl.

We Can’t Have A Debate About Guns If Liberals Keep Lying About Them

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Gun-control advocates have a singular obsession with guns — especially, a particular style of gun — and very little concern for proper enforcement or warnings systems or cultural trends that have led to mass shootings or mental health risks or how we cover these shootings. This rejection of holistic solutions exemplifies their real intentions and makes Second Amendment advocates rightfully suspicious.

Fifty years ago today: Reagan enters the world stage

Gene Kopelson, Washington Examiner

Fifty years ago, Ronald Reagan first pushed for America to stand firm with its allies in Southeast Asia when they were threatened by aggression from communist neighbors. With America, Japan, and South Korea all now facing similar direct threats of aggression from communist North Korea, President Trump can look back at Ronald Reagan's firm stance exactly fifty years ago as a role model to follow.

History Is Full of Surprises

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

History has entered a new phase. Americans do not dismiss a woman when she complains of unwanted advances from a man, much less unwanted advances from a governor or a president. And when his wife covers up for him, I think there will be consequences. Let us see how the events of last Sunday play out. My guess is they will be serious.

Trump stays alive with decent debate performance

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

My sense is that Trump's performance was good enough to stall what has been this weekend a growing cascade of demands that he withdraw from the race. It doesn't seem likely that he eliminated what seemed to be the growing polling gap between him and Hillary Clinton. But he may have reversed the trend.

Here’s Who Won The Debate, According To The Internet

Kaitlan Collins, Daily Caller

Donald Trump won the second presidential debate — or at least that’s what you’d think if you were reading the Internet Sunday night. The pollster Frank Luntz tweeted that 16 members of his focus group determined Trump the winner, while six of them thought Clinton was.

The Kaine Impunity

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

Everyone says vice presidential debates aren’t that important, and everyone must be right, but this is how it changed the race: Now there are two Democrats to dislike, not just one. And you can imagine Mike Pence—calm, sly sometimes, occasionally evasive—as a plausible president.

How Mike Pence won the debate

Betsy McCaughey, Fox News

Kaine and Pence disagreed sharply on many issues, but the most striking contrast was in their demeanors. Kaine the pitbull, interrupted, attacked, and parroted again and again the charges Clinton hurls at Trump on the campaign trail and in paid ads. Pence, choose his shots carefully, declining to jab back at every insult, and keep the debate focused on the future.

Trump wins momentum boost from Pence — with Kaine assist

Niall Stanage, The Hill

Pence's apparent victory is unlikely to change the trajectory of the race in a fundamental way. But it does at least turn the page after a miserable period for Trump. Now, much will hinge on the second Trump-Clinton bout, which takes place Sunday in St. Louis.

Is It Too Late To Replace Donald Trump With Mike Pence?

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Last night Mike Pence laid claim to be the clear and obvious heir to Ronald Reagan with nobody in second place.

Pence Debate Performance Confirms Him As De Facto Leader Of The Conservative Movement

Mike Pence had one job going into last night’s debate and that was to defend his running mate and his positions, but in doing that job effectively he accomplished another much more important job; he confirmed his position as de facto leader of the conservative movement.

Pence previews Kaine attacks on eve of debate

Matthew Nussbaum, Politico

Pence has mostly ignored Hillary Clinton’s running mate this campaign, focusing instead on going after Clinton herself. But Monday night, whether because of the looming debate or the crowd of Virginia Republicans, Pence took aim at Kaine, who has been serving in elected office in this state for all but a few months since 1994.

Networks unlikely to cash in on Pence-Kaine

Joe Concha, The Hill

The vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine is not expected to be a ratings blockbuster. More than 84 million tuned in to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last week, but Kaine and Pence may be lucky to draw a number equivalent to the 51.4 million for the 2012 debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Donald Trump has a point about NATO

John R. Bolton, Boston Globe

Trump has emphasized that his complaints are intended to encourage debate about improving and strengthening NATO, not sundering it. The debate is well worth having. We can count on enthusiastic support from Britain and much of “new Europe” for reforming and strengthening the alliance. But when European governments place renewed emphasis on a purely European solution, we are seeing a dagger pointed at NATO’s heart.

The Trump Mosh Pit

Danniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Without question much of the Trump side of the debate was a discontinuous morass. But Donald Trump oozes contempt for the status quo. That visceral disdain offsets a lot of missteps and whatever Hillary’s fact-check drones are putting up on her website.

Hillary, Interrupted

Michelle Malkin, Townhall

It's 2016, and the Democrats' feminist heroine running for commander in chief is whinnying about being -- wait for it -- interrupted. Un-stage-managed debates usually involve spontaneous and contentious back and forth. Without the jibes and jeers and repartee and sighs and side-eyes, you're not debating. You're side-by-side monologuing with a Kabuki moderator keeping time and warming a seat.

Clinton Keeps Low Profile Before Debate

Steve Berman, The Resurgent

Debates are important. They can either stop momentum or add to it. Trump is counting on a good performance. Clinton very well might play the underdog if she can’t break through Trump’s attacks on health, terrorism, and of course, citing his own “terrific” poll numbers.

Wolf Blitzer tells Clinton, Sanders to stop 'screaming at each other'

Eliza Collins, Politico

During Thursday night’s Democrat debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went at it over raising the minimum wage, getting so heated that Wolf Blitzer begged them to stop talking over each other.

April Fools': Cruz 'Rickrolls' on Trump debate

Nick Gass, Politico

For months, Ted Cruz has challenged Donald Trump to a one-on-one debate. On Friday, the Texas senator tweeted, "Happy to hear @realDonaldTrump accepted my challenge to debate one-on-one". The only caveat: Friday is also April Fools' Day.