Coming close on Super Tuesday's heels, Thursday's GOP Debate was charged with the usual insults and name-calling. Fox News tried, but the Trump mentality prevailed. The Republican debate was a free-for-all of low blows, a presidential-level game of "yo' mama."
High in entertainment value but low in political content? That is the understatement of the century. Detroit's GOP debate was almost wholly composed of personal insults and double entendre humor.
John Kasich -- the only Republican candidate standing you don't know from the tabloids -- called for an end to all the bickering, to no avail.
"Let's stop fighting!"That being said, let the fighting begin!
Round One: Donald Trump defends the size of his hands?In an elaborate hand analogy that wasn't fooling anyone Donald Trump hit below the belt and defended the size of his penis on a platform meant to enlighten the Republican people on the GOP Candidates' political stances.
"He referred to my hands; if they're small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee."It's a guarantee, guys.
Round Two: Ted Cruz channels his inner guidance counselor, instructs Trump to breathe.The Republican candidates are nothing if not comrades in this GOP debate. Ted Cruz, tired of Donald Trump's constant interruptions, tried to ease his anxiety.
"Donald, please, I know it's hard not to interrupt. Breathe, breathe, breathe. You can do it, breathe, I know it's hard, I know it's hard."
Round Three: Marco Rubio's yoga quip that won the internetThis GOP debate is probably the end of the dreaded "hand" saga, but it saw the beginning of another Republican embarrassment: the Yoga analogy, a result of Marco Rubio's quick response to the guidance session Papa Cruz was offering Trump.
"When they're done with the yoga, can I answer a question?"Now, there's an ongoing spinoff of GOP yoga references about flexibility and core strength. The American people are being tortured by the image this brought up. Donald Trump in yoga pants?
And yet, Twitter got to work.
Trump is "very flexible." #yoga #gopdebate @marcorubio killed with this joke ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jqpLbDo5UAThings backfired a bit for Marco Rubio too.
— queen ryan (@RyanTheGirl_) March 4, 2016
Looks more like @marcorubio is trying to sell frozen yogurt, #FantasyFest, or yoga pants #Optics #Rubio2016 pic.twitter.com/JrQXAHExK0There was even an investigation on Rubio's lack of culturing.
— The Angry Democrat (@AngryDemdotcom) April 13, 2015
Once asked if he'd ever done yoga, @marcorubio responded, "No, I'm American." https://t.co/ivIyqRASeWLike a schoolyard fight, these GOP debate petty insults were entertaining and the large crowd that gathered to goad the Republican Candidates on (like middle school boys looking to impress some girls) only made it even more fun to watch.
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) March 4, 2016
But this is a political debate, a Republican platform to address serious issues.
Dick jokes. Low blows. Childish insults. Entertaining, yes, but the worst of our politics is on full display tonight. #GOPDebateFox News' moderators Megyn Kelly, Brett Baier, and Chris Wallace were on fire last night with their pressing questions and continued attempts to keep the GOP candidates on topic, but their attempts ultimately failed to grab as much attention as Trump's continued reference to Rubio as "Little Marco" and Rubio's own wisecracks.
— Jake Horowitz (@jacobdhorowitz) March 4, 2016
Nonetheless, the GOP Debate did address some political issues that the Republicans candidates actually provided (relatively) coherent opinions on.
Donald Trump is starting to get serious about this presidential race. Having come on top on Super Tuesday, he's anticipating his GOP presidential nomination and starting to move towards the center to court more moderate voters.
Yes, that's right, there are signs that Donald Trump is going moderate.
His conciliation in the debate, a willingness to compromise, shone through when he said, "There is always give and take, there is always negotiation [...] without give and take, you'll never agree."
This, combined with his quips about "flexibility" (a reference to the aforementioned yoga mistake), might be a sign of genuine change in Donald Trump's position as that crazy extremist Republican candidate.
If the GOP Debate revealed anything, it is the sobering up of Donald Trump.
All GOP Debate quotes from CBS's liveblog.
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