I already wrote up the recap to what happened in Louisiana at RedState, but let me add a few more thoughts:
- Louisiana has a fatal attraction to narcissistic, bombastic personalities. Donald Trump, Edwin Edwards, Huey Long, etc. That Trump almost lost tells you how badly he is doing in public perception.
- Last week, I’d have told you that tonight was probably as far as Ted Cruz’s campaign could go. But, he won Not Southern states, and that means a lot going forward.
- I hate, HATE that I have to say this, but Marco Rubio’s campaign has no shot at this point. Rubio did a hell of a job, and his jabs at Trump have been great at making the false idol falter, but it’s cost him. A lot. And I was pulling for Rubio above all others.
- Lastly, and most importantly, debates matter. There is no denying this. If you can land the right punch on prime time television, you have done yourself a huge favor. The one-two punch tactics of Cruz and Rubio did that so well on Thursday.
Now… Let’s hope a contested convention goes the right way.