Krauthammer: Trump Skipping Debate ‘Way for Him to Avoid Incoming from Ted Cruz’
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "I'm not sure we know, I'm not sure we'll ever know, if he intended it to go this far. It could be a little like World War I. You start out with a little shooting in Sarajevo and all of the sudden you have the world on fire. But at this point I think it is hard for him to back down. I don't think he is afraid of you guys as the moderator. I do think maybe late in the process, he realized this is could be a way for him to avoid, what I think he might really be afraid of, would be incoming from Ted Cruz. Cruz is the one who has the most at stake. I'm sure if Trump had been there, or the initial planning was for Cruz to go in with everything he had and to drop all the ordinates. For him, Iowa is the stage. If he doesn't succeed in winning Iowa or coming very close, it's hard to see how he proceeds to a victory. If he does win, it affects him in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and elsewhere. This would have been his opportunity for mano a mano, of course in the presence of a lot of others. For Trump, it is a win/win, because he doesn't have to actually face Cruz. He would probably lose, I think. He did defeat Cruz last time with the 9/11 Trump card, if you will, but I'm not sure he would be able to pull that off a second time."