Did the Republicans, (specifically, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie), get under their thin skins? Has the culmination of the unity liberals observed these past few days, (through the “unification” of the House---albeit questionable---with the youngest Speaker ever to take the gavel, prefaced by the rousing performance of a unified Republican field of candidates turning the Liberal media on their heads), caused the Liberal contingency to go on a full throttle defensive?
Let’s make no mistake, the “performance” of the moderators at CNBC to denigrate, divide, and belittle Republican candidates was deliberate. Period. It only took moments into the debate to realize the questioning format was designed to put the Republicans into a “circus of clowns” before a national audience. But, what transpired was a full on, (and unified), assault by Republican candidates who had heard enough of the childish denigration from the moderating panel.
The first question of the night, (to still perceived front-runner Donald Trump), by John Harwood set the tone for the evening:
"Mr. Trump, you've done very well in this campaign so far by promising to build a wall and make another country pay for it, send 11 million people out of the country, cut taxes $10 trillion without increasing the deficit, and make Americans better off because your greatness would replace the stupidity and incompetence of others," Harwood said. "Let's be honest," he added. "Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?"Let's be honest Mr. Harwood, if you, or any moderator had taken this deplorable tact of questioning to Hillary Clinton in the last Democratic Debate, they would have been castigated by the audience and the national liberal media. Harwood not only asked Trump a condescending and insolent question, he also arrogantly debated with Trump while Trump was attempting to answer the question.
Ted Cruz took the “leadership position” in the retaliation by ripping the panel apart by recapping the montage of questions/attacks already asked, (see inserted video below). And the reaction from the Bolder, Colorado audience was instantaneous as they approved overwhelmingly of Cruz’s measured reprisal.
Marco Rubio then got into the fray, (by taking a question about political PACS), and turned it right back onto liberal media:
“Sen. Marco Rubio hammered away at the “mainstream media” in the third GOP presidential debate, casting it as a propaganda machine for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party.
"…….The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC, it is called the mainstream media,” Mr. Rubio said, before panning the way the mainstream media has handled Mrs. Clinton."
To complete the trifecta, Chris Christie had heard enough of the panel’s ridiculous “questions”, when one of the moderators asked Jeb Bush about how he felt about fantasy football and possible federal intervention:
“Are we really talking about getting government involved in fantasy football? Wait a second, we have $19 trillion in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and Al Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football? Can we stop? Can we stop? Seriously?”
No one, (not even the mainstream liberal media), expected the backfire they would receive that night and the following morning after this debate. The level of arrogance and disdain from the CNBC panel of moderators reverberated throughout both the conservative and liberal press, leaving the taste of bias even on the lips of the liberal left. What CNBC, and by extension NBC, did was inexcusable, and, it certainly backfired. While their attempt intended to put Republicans in a disfavorable light, what transpired was an inevitable avalanche of criticism that put the moderators in the center circle of big tent clowns. In the words of the great orator in the White House, “they acted stupidly”.
Cruz and Rubio reportedly raked in over two million in donations after the MSM gaffe. Many of the other Republican candidates got tons of extra air-time the following morning on almost all of the news networks, and the narrative of the day was, “who put these arrogant asses in charge of running a debate?”----a question that should also be asked of Reince Priebus and the RNC, but that’s another story.
For now, there’s a ton of egg on the faces of the liberal media contingency in this farce of an attempt to moderate a debate. They flat-out embarrassed themselves with an obvious biased intent, and thought they could get away with the ploy. Liberal Journalist and Journalism took a huge step backwards. Actually, they climbed into the gutter-side of politics and drug their liberal comrades along with them.
Perhaps this is why I received the barrage of tweets from liberals, (uninvited and unsolicited), spewing their talking points in such a defensive manner, you’d have thought Hillary Clinton had been indicted, or, someone took their favorite toy away.
There’s no doubt that Conservative Republicans won this round, and won the night convincingly. Every one of the candidates firmly united against this blatant assault. Watching the liberals become unhinged was an unexpected and sheer delight---proof positive they’re getting more and more desperate.
Mainstream America won’t tolerate another despicable “performance” they saw on Wednesday night. The outrage was swift and concise---the liberal media got taken DESERVEDLY to the woodshed---and the RNC had better not let this crap happen again. EVER.
Update: RNC pulls out of NBC debate in February
"The Republican National Committee has pulled out of a planned Feb. 26 debate with NBC News after widespread criticism of this week's CNBC debate from both the party and campaigns.
"We are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.
"CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith," Priebus wrote.
"I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and freedom of the press. However, I also expect the media to host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans. CNBC did not."
Nothing like closing the barn door long after the horse has exited.