Last night's GOP debate was a bloodbath. Kasich and Carson were the only debaters who did not call their opponents liars. The fire, bile and hostility rose to historic levels.
Donald Trump took a big risk and attacked George W. Bush, saying he should have been impeached for taking us to war based on lies, including the bogus WMD claims. This evoked howls of indignation from the audience and the other candidates. It seemed similar to Bernie Sanders being criticized by Hillary Clinton for his criticism of Barack Obama, though the extremity of Trump's accusations was far difference from Sanders. The Drudge report poll found Trump the big winner, with over 50% of the clicks.
The candidates seemed to compete with each other to cut taxes more than the others. Cruz wants a flat tax. Rubio wants to tax the poorest of the poor.
All the candidates want Scalia's appointment to be delayed until 2017, though Trump acknowledged it was likely Obama would make one. Ted Cruz says it's been eighty years since a supreme court justice has been nominated and confirmed in a presidential election year.
It's hard for me to imagine watching a debate without twitter. Tracking the debate hashtag, #gopdebate, in this case, lets you see the thoughts and reactions of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people. Tracking twitter in real time enables you to see which words, which reactions are resonating, which observations are being retweeted. By tweeting, replying to tweets and retweeting you join the conversation.
Here are some of the tweets and retweets I made during the debate:
RT @robkall: Hard to Imagine leaders of other nations taking any of these angry clowns seriously. Such great attack ad material #GOPDebate at
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more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.