’Twas the week before the Republican debate

Eugene Robinson: Can Mike Huckabee come up with an even more offensive Holocaust analogy for the Iran nuclear deal? Can Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky remind voters that, you know, he’s still in the race? Will Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas help Mr. Trump with his jacket and ask if he’d like a glass of water? Will Kasich make himself the flavor of the month? Will New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie punch somebody?

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Lorrin Freeman says discussion on underage drinking is important to everyone following a not-guilty verdict in the Matthews trial Friday, July 31, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. Video by Chuck Liddy, cliddy@newsobserver.com