There aren't any big surprises in the stage, as we noted, but it's instructive to compare how the field looks now with how it looked at the time of the first debate -- and at the time the criteria for the first debate were set.
As of the day of the first debate on Fox News, this was how the stage was set up.
Look at Jeb Bush, there in the middle. And some guy named "Walker"? Is that right? Fiorina was not only in the undercard debate, she was fourth in that debate.
But here's the stage the first time we made one of these graphics, in May.
Rick Perry was on the main stage! And Donald Trump was all the way on the outskirts! There was a time, and this is true, that it looked as though Trump might not make the cut.
Anyway, you know the drill. They'll all get up there and everyone will talk about Trump and he will make the faces seen below and we will all have a good time.
See you there.