I think the loser in the debate tonight is a lot easier to identify. Although he has fooled the pundits before, I think tonight was the beginning of the end for Donald Trump as a frontrunner. I think he did poorly. I don't know if they have any ability to get elected, but I think Rubio, Cruz and Huckabee turned in strong performances, followed closely by Carson. I'd be curious what others think.
The jury returns right after Monday's Boston Marathon ( a holiday in Massachusetts ) to deliberate whether now-convicted Islamic terrorist and drug-dealing UMass "student" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will get the death penalty. Will the prosecution be able to get 12 votes from notoriously liberal Massachusetts citizens to sentence this rodent to death ?
I called my U.S. Senators and Congresswoman, thinking there was enough time for them to have a position on the current issue about the release of five Taliban leaders in exchange for a possible/likely deserter ( not to mention " traitor " ).
I urge you to do the same. Regardless of what side of the aisle you are from, I doubt you will get a satisfactory answer from any of them ( I reside in Watertown, Massachusetts ).
Here are my results:
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren-- The only comment we will have is that " we are happy he is home". Asked about the trade for terrorists, her representative stated that this is the only comment we are willing to make. Pressed about whether she felt she owed voters more, her representative refused to comment.
United States Senator Ed Markey--No opinion whatsoever. When asked whether a voter had a right to know where Markey stood on this issue, they would say only that " we'll have a comment in the future ".
United States Representative Katherine Clark--Refused to comment at all.
Regardless of where you are on this issue, I strongly urge you to call your elected representative to find out where they stand or even whether they are willing to share any of their thoughts with you. They work for you. You wouldn't know it by the answers I received.
Or, at least, it hasn't mattered so far in college bowl games. Unless I am mistaken ( frequently a good bet ), of the 15 games played so far, the spread has mattered only in the Notre Dame/Rutgers game. In other words, pick the winner and don't worry about the spread. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but I thought this might suggest considering the money line if you are dogging it. Just for the hell of it, I'm going to do this the rest of the way ( when playing the dog ).
Good luck to all.