So the first Republican primary debate of the 2024 election season came and went – and it went about as well as it should have. The biggest takeaway is largely that no Republican running for the job of president should even be dreaming about that office. Trump or no Trump, the party is dangerously unstable and corrupt and if they take the reins of power again, national security and the fate of the planet itself are at stake, two things that may have been irreversibly damaged in many ways under Donald Trump’s presidency.
There was one big winner though in all of this – and it’s not the former guy, who also managed to embarrass himself even when faced with a number of softball questions from a friendly host in his own separate Twitter interview. Even before the debate debacle was finished, President Biden’s campaign team let the ads write themselves, highlighting the moments when the Republicans proudly painted themselves as out of step extremists, and when Nikki Haley correctly pointed out how her opponents voted to raise the deficit.
Not only did they bombard swing states with a robust ad campaign before the debate even aired, but a steady stream of online ads pushed back against the candidates – all of whom deny the reality of climate science and committed to banning abortion if they somehow got themselves elected. This campaign is a clearer reason than ever for why we need to push back against the GOP, win re-election, keep the Senate and take back the House in 2024.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making