Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Pick a Word to Describe the GOP Debate

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Pick a Word to Describe the GOP Debate

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I did watch Thursday's Republican presidential debate but was too confused and demoralized to pass along any useful instant reaction. I'm checking the history books to see whether or not this was any precedent for a presidential candidate reassuring the nation that he has a large penis, as Donald Trump did Thursday night. I'm pretty sure it's yet another of the historical firsts of this year's campaign.

In my desperate effort to gain insight into what the heck that was, I confess I watched the Frank Luntz-led focus group on Fox. The focus groupies were all Republicans, about half of whom had come into the evening as Trump supporters. Luntz asked the nine focus groupies in the middle row to give a one-word reaction to the overall debate. Their replies:

* "Sophomoric."

* "Disappointing."

* "Shameful."

* "Despicable. …

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