AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Tonight's the night, the first primetime Republican primary debate, featuring 10—count 'em!—10 presidential hopefuls.
Polling results put Donald Trump at the head of the pack heading into the first of a handful of televised jousts to see who can take President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (oh yes, and each other) down harder.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was relegated to the earlier, "happy hour" debate, as was Carly Fiorina (who herself described this early stretch of the campaign as the "silly season"), and five more of the lesser pollers, subtracting a few points of interest from the main event. But we assume there will be plenty of good nuggets to go around
As expected, quite a few celebrities—or as the evening's guests of honor might call them, the Hollywood elite—flipped on Fox News to watch the spectacle unfold.
And before a single question was asked, before one thing had the tweets started to fly, about Fox News' Megyn Kelly, one of the three moderators, the awkwardness of when the candidates were first announced and no one walked in, then they were announced again...
Here's a sampling:
Good for you, Megyn Kelly, calling Ben Carson an idiot right off the bat. #GOPDebate— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 7, 2015
Enough with hating on Trump for being misogynist! Get to the part where these 10 guys debate whether Amy Schumer is fuckable. #GOPDebate— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 7, 2015
Something just feels right about interrupting the GOP debate for president to sell stupid shit on tv #CommercialsMakeMoreSense— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 7, 2015
I love the ads! "More of how to save America,but first another ad that takes gay-hating old ppl's $ to accuse Supreme Crt of being "lawyers"— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 7, 2015
Every person in this auditorium believes Jesus rode a dinosaur. #GOPDebate— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) August 7, 2015
Trump is counting the LOSERS in the audience. #GOPDebate— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) August 7, 2015
Marco Rubio is like the ball boy for the debate. #GOPDebate— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) August 7, 2015
But seriously, what are the chances of an African American becoming president in this day and age? #GOPDebate— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) August 7, 2015
#GOPDebate Eddie Haskell just gave a very good answer.— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) August 7, 2015
"They call me EAT-O Corleone." -- Chris Christie. #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 7, 2015
Oh, VETO Corleone = Vito Corleone. I get it now. #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 7, 2015
"They call me Vito BORE-leone." -- Dr. Ben Carson #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 7, 2015
"I won a radio contest to be here!' -- John Kasich #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 7, 2015
I loved Scott Walker as Mark Harmon's romantic rival in SUMMER SCHOOL. Look it up. #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 7, 2015
And, most significantly, we cut traffic flow across the GWB. #GOPDebate— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 7, 2015
#MegynKellyDebateQuestions The best hashtag going right now— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 7, 2015
Ironic that Jon Stewart's last show is the day before what could've been the greatest Daily Show in history #GOPdebate— Eli Braden (@EliBraden) August 7, 2015
?Senator Cruz, your ears look like large oysters. Please explain.? #GOPDebate— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) August 7, 2015
Jeb Bush wants to replace Obamacare with Mission Accomplishedcare. #GOPDebate— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) August 7, 2015
This isn't really a debate..it's a Trump inquisition..FOOD FIGHT!!!— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) August 7, 2015
Christie needs to throw his jacket off to a handler. Thats what we are all waiting for anyway.— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) August 7, 2015
Is someone going to tell Megyn Kelly she's not judging an episode RuPaul's Drag Race, with all that shade?— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) August 7, 2015
Did Megyn Kelly just say "many of the folks on Facebook want the candidates to speak to Isis tonight". Wait, was Isis at the kids table?— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 7, 2015
Megyn Kelly has a look on her face like, "Is this really happening?"— Colin Jost (@TheColinJost) August 7, 2015
Agree. They're doing a great job. Raising the quality of debate. https://t.co/1yTy3AVh9g— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 7, 2015