By Steve Eggleston

“Oh yeah? Well I speak loud! And I carry a bigger stick! And I use it too! (WHAP!)”

– Yosemite Sam, “Ballot Box Bunny”

“A chicken? Of course not. Do you think I’d let a chicken do that to me? That’s just a loud-mouthed schnook”

-Grandpa Hawk, “The Foghorn Leghorn”

Normally at this time of the month, I would be recapping the jobs report. For those of you looking for that, as Ed Morrissey was busy at the Red State Gathering, I covered that for Hot Air yesterday.

The front-runner for the Republican Party nomination for President, Donald Trump, decided to prove he isn’t serious about actually becoming President. In a sense, that is a shame. More than 6 years after Rick Santelli talked about throwing tea into Lake Michigan over the failures of what I’ve come to call the bipartisan Party-In-Government, nothing really has changed in Washington. It still is a singular bipartisan Party-In-Government running things, and not in a conservative or small-government manner. Some of those we sent to DC to shake things up (I’m looking at you, Senators Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio) have been subsumed by the beast.

Even though there were already candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination from across the right-of-Che spectrum, including a number who can credibly tap into the disgust with the PIG from the right, Trump decided, unlike in the 2012 cycle, to jump in this time after consulting with the husband of the putative Democrat front-runner. He came in with three things – a hatred of Barack Obama (something shared by the candidates not named Chris Christie), a flip to a secure border and limits on immigration (with a more-recent flop back to inviting most of the non-Mexicans through the classy door in his yuge wall), and a loud mouth (something nobody else brings to the table).

It was that loud mouth that got Trump to the front of the field. It kept him there as his rather-questionable political past, including donating more boatloads of money to the Democrats, and especially the Clintons, began to come out. It even served him well as he began to verbally assault every faction of the Republican Party as “insiders”.

Then he ran into Megyn Kelly, who filled the role of Candy Crowley quite capably at the “adult-table” GOP “debate” on Thursday. She gave the proverbial “gotcha” questions to everybody whose first names did not begin with “Jeb” or “John”, yet everybody except Trump handled the treatment any candidate with the “R” behind his or her name receives from the rest of the Democrat Presstitute Organs in any given general election. Trump may have thought he was going to recreate the moment that Newt Gingrich had in 2012 when he attacked the premise of the questions he was getting in a debate during that Presidential campaign, but instead of merely attacking the premise, he went personal.

Of course, none of that matters to the still-substantial portion of Trump’s support whose sole mission in life is the destruction of the GOP to make the US a true one-party country. It’s becoming clear that is a goal Trump shares.

Update DTG: I have to disagree with Steve’s conclusion, my rebuttal is here.

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Yesterday on Twitter when I went through my rankings on the debate I was asked a question on how I came up with my rankings:

All candidates have different short-range goals designed to enable their long-term goal of winning the nomination, which contrary to what some on twitter think, was not decided last night.

But There were other people on that stage.

Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold  to raise their own profile and Fox’s.  Based on the print media coverage they got high marks the Washington Post:

Megyn Kelly/Bret Baier/Chris Wallace: Moderating a 10-person debate that includes Donald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio managed the back and forth very well and, more importantly, asked good, challenging questions without venturing into “gotcha” territory. With the exception of the weirdness that happened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.

The NYT

They took each of the 10 Republicans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most prominent blemishes on his record, the most profound apprehensions that voters feel about him, the greatest vulnerability that he has.

It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News.

Additionally every single. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talking Megyn Kelly vs Donald Trump. That is the primary topic everywhere and furthermore every single MSM and cable outlet from CNN to MSNBC have been talking it up and complementing Megyn Kelly.

And that’s the whole point.

For a long time the MSM has been painting Fox news as the mirror image of themselves,  just an arm of one side of the argument whose goal is to advance a philosophy.  That’s just not the case.

Roger Ailes has only had one goal, the best ratings possible and the #1 position in cable news.  That’s why he didn’t care about Jon Stewart, because  Ailes put it

He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.

In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to protect the GOP, was not to look professional, it was to generate ratings in the short run and the long run

The short run goal was met spectacularly.

16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience.
For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households.
The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger, but none of those ever topped 10%.

And with every single person on TV talking Megyn Kelly what do you think her ratings are going to be tonight? (I’m writing this Friday afternoon).  I predict they’ll be through the roof.

Furthermore all of this is diametrically opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Balanced and how many of those people who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the conservatives who are upset have anywhere else to go.

Roger Ailes must be dancing in the streets.

Does anyone seriously believe there any chance at all that any of the other networks will be as hard on the Democrats as Fox was on the GOP

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