Starting out the debate with all eyes on Trump, the WSJ’s Peggy Noonan writes that as the evening progressed, the strength of the GOP field overshadowed the “boorish and ungentlemanly” Donald Trump. The debates, writes Ms. Noonan, were sparky, hot as a pistol—the crowd electric, the questions adversarial.
I really don’t know if fiery debates like Thursday evening’s will wind up building interest and excitement in the Republican field, or wearing and tearing it down. I don’t know if we’ll look back on this as the beginning of a making or a breaking. Maybe the former. Anyway, it was alive. I wonder if Hillary Clinton is wondering how she can look alive.
For Peggy Noonan’s run down on the first GOP debate, go here.