Republicans debate tonight on CNBC and the foreshadowing teases a showdown.

Republicans debate tonight on CNBC and the foreshadowing teases a showdown.


photo: Marco Rubio’s greenroom, via Twitter

During a tense 30-minute meeting at the Coors Event Center, which was described by three sources present, several lower-polling campaigns lashed out at the RNC. They accused the committee of allotting them less-than-hospitable greenroom spaces while unfairly giving lavish ones to higher-polling candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson. [Politico]

BEFORE THE big CNBC debate, the Republican candidates for president find themselves in a prima donna battle over greenrooms and status. Never mind that Hillary Clinton could have the Democratic nomination wrapped up in February 2016 and be kicking her feet up to rest before the big battle, as Republicans slug it out. On a day where quite a few of the contestants to this Mr. Republican pageant have a lot at stake, outsiders are insiders and the establishment candidates have turned into whiners.

Grumpy guys have taken over center stage at this point, with establishment candidates like Jeb Bush, and now John Kasich, going off on where they find themselves in a race that is being driven by outsiders who have never governed.

Gov. Kasich’s sound off transcript from The Daily Beast

“Do you know how crazy this election is?” he shouted during a pre-debate rally in Ohio on Tuesday. “Let me tell you something. I’ve about had it with these people. Let me tell you why. We got one candidate that says we ought to abolish Medicaid and Medicare. You ever heard anything so crazy as that, telling our people in this country who are seniors or about to be seniors that we’re going to abolish Medicaid or Medicare,” Kasich continued, referencing Ben Carson who has changed his opinion on the matter seemingly overnight.

“We got one guy that says we ought to take 10 or 11 million people and pick them up, where the—I don’t know where, we’re going to go in their homes, their apartments. We’re going to pick them up and we’re going to take them to the border and scream at them to get out of our country,” Kasich said in an obvious dig at frontrunner Donald Trump. “Well that’s just crazy. That is just crazy.”

“We got one candidate that claimed, one candidate that actually said that the reason why we signed an agreement with Ford to bring jobs back from Mexico is because he’s been yelling for the last week ok,” Kasich said again referencing Trump to uproarious laughter. “That was like something out of a Back to the Future movie.”

What happens tonight could impact Donald Trump‘s hopes in a big way. His last debate wasn’t good, and CNBC is like playing on home turf for Trump, so this is the moment where The Donald needs to prove the economy is his sweet spot. A subject that matters more to people than any other is a moment for Trump to make his move.

For Jeb! Bush, it’s a chance to make his donors relax, which can only happen if he picks up his game. What that will look like is hard to imagine at this point.

Let’s hope for a food fight, because many of these candidates don’t have very much shelf life left.