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The Texas GOP shootout

February 26, 2016

Sometimes you wonder how long it will take for media people to realize this isn’t 1980.

With apologies to Fox’s Chris Wallace, whose journalistic abilities are some of the most respected in the country, this isn’t the time to look presidential.

In a different race, perhaps swinging from your shoes wouldn’t work. In a contest with a bully as the front runner, the best defense is a solid shot to the face.

With that in mind, how did your guy do last night?

Here’s my take.

If Marco Rubio has had one label that has hurt him it’s that he didn’t seem strong enough to win.

That left people to wonder what happens when he has to deal with Russia, North Korea and ISIS all at the same time.

Rubio at last demonstrated that he is both willing and able to get in the ring, mix it up and land a few good punches.

Whether he changed enough minds to tip the Super Tuesday races in his favor enough to stay competitive in the race remains to be seen.

Likewise, for those who are desperately trying to find a reason to vote at all if Donald Trump is the eventual nominee, Thursday’s debate didn’t reassure them.

Rubio’s claim that Trump is a con artist hits right at the reason that many people are more terrified that Trump will win than that he might lose.

There is a sense that there’s nothing under the hood with Trump, and he largely bolstered that image last night.

Mr. Trump is good at rebranding himself every ten seconds, but at the end of all this, there has to be a method to go with the madness.

If you judge the Donald by normal political standards you may miss what could be his real weakness.

Judge him instead by the yardstick that the business world uses.

While many people think that hard headed business principles have to be a big part of turning America around, there are some inherent flaws in choosing a businessman as the CEO of the country.

In the business world, if you are at or near the top of the corporate hierarchy, you spend your life delegating. If you want a new resort, you tell people what you want and when you want it,  but you don’t create the working drawings that gets it built.

The real value of a good CEO is not their ability as an architect or a carpenter, it is the ability to put together effective management teams.

CEOs rise or fall by producing results that keep the shareholders happy and the company operating in the black and those results depend on the quality of the team.

It might be too early to name names, but the fact that Mr. Trump hasn’t even defined the strengths he is looking for in his management team is starting to worry even people who do support him.

The reason Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to be specific might be as simple as that he hasn’t assembled a team yet, so of course there isn’t a blueprint.

Given his tendency to run as a maverick, the worry is that he can’t or won’t delegate for effectiveness even if he does win the nomination.

Whether Ted Cruz did in fact make a deal of his own with Marco Rubio, or he was simply happy not to be the only person trying to destabilize Trump is somewhat moot.

With Texas in the balance in just five days, Senator Cruz just needs to maintain his image and diminish Trump, and he did that.

Two well-intentioned men got pretty well steamrolled in this debate. Both have their good points, but it’s time to look reality in the eye. Neither is going to be the 45th president.

How did you see the Texas shootout?


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