Who was the most appealing person in the GOP debate?
I'll leave coverage of the substance of the GOP debate to others. I want to talk about the style of the participants. Who was the best, most appealing speaker?
Chris Christie spoke too quickly, making himself appear nervous. Perhaps he was nervous, because he was on the verge of being eliminated from the grownups debate.
John Kasich has no eyebrows, and his face looks partially melted, making him look like a space alien. He spoke a lot but he didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense.
Carly Fiorina was forceful and articulate. She also looked stern and had this sour look on her face, like a constantly angry schoolmarm. She almost never smiled or had any warmth in her voice.
Ben Carson reminded me of blind David Patterson, the former governor of New York, who was very soft-spoken. He talked about important things, but how can you speak with passion about the dangers of a nuclear Iran when you talk in such a soft tone?
Donald Trump was amusing as always and looked like a character actor. Not exactly presidential – more like Peter Falk from Columbo.
Ted Cruz was the best. He looked the camera right in the eye and spoke with a clear, firm voice that had a sense of urgency.
Rand Paul was not great or terrible, but he seemed to whine when he talked about drugs.
Scott Walker wasn't bad, but he actually spoke the least in the debate. He has this weird way of staring into the camera with one eye while the other is a little off center, making it look like he has a glass eye (which he doesn't).
They showed Mike Huckabee often from a side view, and it wasn't flattering. He looks severely overweight. But he did speak with passion.
Marco Rubio spoke with a sense of urgency about foreign policy, but there also seemed to be a note of desperation in his presentation.
Jeb Bush was definitely higher-energy, but he had this weird habit of moving his head when he talked. As he talked at length, I saw his head move left and right, right and left, and left and right like windshield wipers. I suppose he was trying to look at all the audience, but when the most important audience was behind a camera, his movements seemed weird.
Overall, Ted Cruz was the best. Carly had forceful moments, but as I said, she was not very likeable. Marco and even Jeb had moments, too.
Who do you think gave the best presentation?
This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.