No, no fisking. No point in that! This is the Republican debate.
But it is weird to watch two very smart politicians, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, have this big long debate about bank bailouts without recognizing that there is in fact this thing called deposit insurance.
The reason that it is weird is that both could score points by mentioning it. Senator Cruz, after Neil Cavuto said that he would let small depositors go hang if he did not bail out the banks: “Mr. Cavuto, I would not bail out the bankers! But your premise is wrong, as you should know! Those depositors are protected by insurance and they would not be harmed.”
Or John Kasich, once Cruz screwed up: “Philosophy, shilosophy.” I paraphrase my favorite Republican. “Senator Cruz, why would you take away the deposit insurance that Americans have counted on to protect them from the government subsidized bankers? That would be crazy!”
It is a little weird and more than a little surprising.
Everyone seems tired, not just Governor Bush. Were they all out late last night?