Conventional wisdom says that John Kasich and Marco Rubio have to win their home states of Ohio and Florida next Tuesday just to stay alive in the 2016 race for the White House. In the meantime, front-runner Donald Trump enjoys a comfortable lead. So why did it seem that his opponents would do anything rather than engage him during Thursday night’s #GOPDebate?

Nearly an hour in, Ted Cruz was the first to take a direct shot at Trump, although Trump and the audience were so subdued, it’s hard to tell how many people noticed.

Marco Rubio finally came to life when the debate turned to President Obama’s scheduled visit to Cuba, as did the audience in Miami.