At this writing, the next (2nd) Republican "debate" is twelve, or so, hours away.
And the election itself is one year and thirteen days away.
Determining who will win and become the next President of the United States is, likewise, one year and thirteen days away.
Already a done deal.
More on that momentito.
What follows is a "pre-game" two cents from a political reporter at CNN.com listing "things to watch for" in tonight's gathering of the contenders. This excerpt focuses specifically on the precedent making case of Trump V. Carson.
From his perch at the top of the Republican field, Trump had largely declined to go after Ben Carson, training his fire instead on other more seasoned politicians like Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Referring to Carson as a "good" person who he admires personally, Trump has even fueled speculation the retired neurosurgeon could be on his vice presidential short list.
- Trump's original, almost inexplicable rise to the top of the pile.
- His even more inexplicable failure to, at least, to date, flame out as a "serious" candidate.
- Carson's tortoise-esque journey from soft spoken, intellectual, albeit borderline eccentric, physician to soft spoken, intellectual, albeit borderline eccentric number two contender nipping ever so inexplicably at the heels of the hare (or the Hair, as the case may be)
- Carson's almost "too unbelievable to be salable as a script" arrival as the numero uno on some poll's contender list