Donald Trump finally ran out of things to say, Carly Fiorina is set to surge in the polls and Mike Huckabee made a good point in favor of small government (yes, really).
Those were the major take-aways from the second GOP presidential debate, which aired on CNN this week. In this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim look back at the debate - well, at least some of it, I mean, it was nearly three hours long, after all.
Huckabee struck a cord when he called for the federal government to listen to the Constitution and allow state governments to make more decisions for themselves. Given his history, its questionable whether Huckabee would continue to take that approach if he found himself in the Oval Office, but it's nice to hear the Tenth Amendment get a little attention in such a major forum.
But Fiorina was the star of the night, making headlines across social media for how she took on Donald Trump and impressing many observers with her range and depth of knowledge. She has a long way to go, but she's certainly a rising star at the moment.
But there were falling stars this week too. Missouri missed a chance to become the nation's 26th right-to-work state when lawmakers there were unable to muster enough votes to overcome a veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Watchdog reporter Jason Hart sits down with Eric Boehm to discuss the right-to-work fight in Missouri and tell us why the battle in the Show-Me State didn't become the major spectacle we saw in Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere.
All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.