A glance at the shadier parts of the Internet shortly after the debate shows that the fix was in for Trump, who seems to be buying his own artificially inflated hype.
The Republican candidates are all about self-aggrandizement, tearing each other apart like kids in a vicious playground fight.
"I give Bernie Sanders credit for lighting a fire under Americans," Hillary Clinton said at the second debate between candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination for president.
All participants developed answers to problems in ways that will unify, not divide.
The bottom line reality is how "this Republican state budget reeks from top to bottom."