The much-ballyhooed first GOP presidential debate on Thursday is a twin-bill.
The top 10 Republicans based on recent polls will debate in prime time on Fox. The also-rans go in the late afternoon.
There’s been a lot of teeth-gnashing over this format, including the much justified idea that polls these days ain’t what they used to be.
But here’s the thing: I think all this turned out pretty well.
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The prime-time debate will feature the candidates I’m most interested in, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who apparently barely made it into the grown-up debate.
The prime-time session will involve:
Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Kasich.
The seven other major declared candidates — Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore — appear earlier Thursday.
The twin-bill idea is based on the premise — and it’s correct — that a forum featuring all 17 would be a joke. Ten is crazy enough.
Fox is making the best of a tough situation.
The voters appear to have gotten this one right. And, apparently, so did the polls.