Earlier this month, NBC News hosted a debate with GOP candidates for president. Donald Trump did not attend, and this seems to have been a wise choice. It's not obvious that anyone who was at this debate benefitted. Perhaps they scrambled the favorite among the pack a bit but the debate did not increase the likelihood of any of them grabbing the brass ring.
I watched in hopes of some substantive something to come out of it. But it was not to be. It was, as usual, a waste of time.
A major factor was the questions themselves. They were strangely focused, truncated, and pitched at every issue except the major ones about which the GOP actually cares. None were on the COVID response, of course. None dealt with the problem of the administrative state. None dealt seriously with the issue of the vanishing Constitution.