Fox News has announced the line-up for the Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and it promises to be an epic display of political savagery. Fox picked the top 10 candidates by taking the average of the five most recent national polls, then relegated the losers to a a separate 5 p.m. debate, 4 hours before the prime time debate at 9pm (ET).
Here’s who qualified to play with the big boys:
Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
And here are the losers:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former HP head Carly Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
The prime time show will be packed with fireworks, primarily because Donald Trump took first place in the polls and will be positioned right in the middle of all the other candidates (see photo above). His placement quite literally makes him the center off attention, and given his relentless hounding of the other candidates, he’ll be swinging all night long as they attempt to unseat him.
It will incredibly interesting to watch the completely unimpressive roster of candidates trying to figure out how to dislodge the bombastic Trump, who has done an incredible job of exposing just how toothless they really are. While Trump is offensive, disgusting and uniquely unqualified to become president of the United States, he has been a fantastic gift to the Democrats who have struggled to combat right wing bullying and obstructionism. Trump, who clearly doesn’t give a flying crap what anyone thinks about him, has simply told the truth about the other GOP politicians: they are all talk and no action bullies who should not be taken seriously.
Trump has his own problems to contend with Thursday night – namely formulating coherent sentences and semi intelligible arguments when asked serious policy questions. Trump has a habit of saying absurdly stupid things in the limelight, and it doesn’t get much bigger than a presidential debate. However, Trump has proven over and over again that no matter how racist or offensive he gets, the voters love him and continue to place their faith in him as the GOP’s best hope for President in 2016.
If we thought the past couple of months in this election cycle were crazy, hold tight – it’s about to get a whole lot crazier.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.