It has been said that successful politics, in general, is dependent upon the consumer holding a short-term memory. Last night’s GOP
debate debauchery is most certainly evidence of that.
It was only a few months ago when every single non-CNBC analyst, including media and ironically Fox News punditry, widely panned the October CNBC debate as a ridiculous presentation of intentional attacks upon presidential candidates.
However, will we see a similar reaction to an almost identical presentation last night? Most likely not. So, we must ask ourselves, what has changed?
Allow me to highlight the final two questions put by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace as an example. These questions were less than 3 minutes apart:
Question #1 – “Senator Rubio … Please look at Mr. Trump and tell him why he’s unqualified to be President?”
~ 3:05 later ~
Question #2 – “Senator Rubio, will you support the party’s nominee even if it turns out to be Donald Trump?”
To say the Fox News team was at least as bad as the CNBC team would be an intellectually honest statement. The entire media enterprise has devolved into a race to the bottom, and in complete honesty it’s not the fault of the candidates on the stage – they are being set up to look like abject idiots.
When a debate is so transparently constructed to attack ONE PERSON, namely Donald Trump, the substance of the attack itself becomes irrelevant and the attacked person wins.
My heavens, that’s about the third time post-debate we’ve repeated that exact same statement. That’s why Donald Trump is once again undamaged by these insufferable showcases of corporate media bias and obvious agenda. It’s ridiculous, yet they continue to do it.
Obviously Fox News holds a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), but the issues are not exclusive to Fox. Earlier, CNBC and most certainly the CNN effort are conducting these debate displays as if the viewing audience is: A.) too stupid to see the transparent agenda, and B.) knuckle-dragging slope-heads drooling over the latest round of verbal blood sport with Cheeto crumbs on their bellies.
And it’s not just the smug moderators. Did you see the people in the audience sitting behind the seated moderators waving, hamming it up, making funny faces and also being complete idiots on camera?
This stuff is so over-the-top it is impossible not to walk away thinking the larger of the big agenda items is to intentionally push this entire field into the pit of absurdity in a last ditch effort to destroy the entire political enterprise.
It has to be. There is no other plausible explanation for the optics, the behavior, the tone and moderation conduct, and the framing of the GOP candidates.
To believe the media motivation is NOT to destroy the candidates, a viewer would need to ignore every available point of reference that exemplifies exactly that. Sorry, but I’m retaining my own intellectual honesty and unwilling to believe their produced “clown show” exhibition is just happenstance.
Knowing the RNC is directly responsible for every scintilla of what takes place at a debate, down to the placement of the light bulbs, I can only come to the conclusion the National Republican party is now goal oriented to erase nine months of previous campaigning; and make the debate such a ridiculous presentation that all participants become fatally weakened.
Having heard the growing louder pontifications calling for an open (brokered) convention, it would almost appear these debates are intentionally being constructed to facilitate an outcome toward that end…. Diminish everyone, then waddle into a convention, dim the lights, spotlight center-room, and up-pops someone else; perhaps someone still on the ballots, perhaps a Jeb. It sounds absurd; but damn, look at what they’re doing.
I mean really LOOK at what they’re doing.
This nonsense doesn’t have to happen, and it darned sure never happens accidentally.
Did you hear one single question about the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal?
Enough is enough.
Yet, the RNC has another debate lined up in Miami a week from now…