As the first debate to feature several first-tier GOP candidates takes place tonight in Manchester, NH, it is time to reject a false media narrative.

Every day someone repeats the libel that the current and likely field of Republican presidential candidates is “weak.” This insult is written and spoken with such frequency that the perception has taken hold as the charge has crept from the lips of the elite media into the minds of Republican primary voters.

But this inconvenient fact is actually untrue.