Even though the CNBC GOP debate was something of a trainwreck – thanks to the the childish combativeness of the moderators – it was probably the best debate yet because it was so close to how the general election is going to go.
Other people will get different things out of this, but my three big takeaways were…
1. You would have to be either a moron or a liar to deny a media bias against conservatives. Marco Rubio’s youth, missed voting record, and personal finances all were brought up in this debate.
These duplicitous jerks weren’t calling Barack Obama a “young man in a hurry” when he was running in 2008, he was 46 years old (only 2 years older than Rubio is now), he was only half-way through his first/only term in the Senate (Rubio is near the end of his term) and he missed more than twice as many votes percentage wise during his run than Rubio has thus far.
2. This election may be a game changer for how the GOP starts to handle a media that is hostile to it. These candidates (the ones that mattered at least) didn’t take any crap from the moderators, who were the real opponents last night. Terrible and false premises were rejected, the candidates asserted themselves over their efforts to move on from important fiscal issues to…marijuana and *cough* fantasy football…which did not last long after being ridiculed for it. Even the audience at times let the moderators know what kind of asshats they were being.
3. Liberalism is totally intellectually bankrupt, and it’s getting harder to hide it. This isn’t a new revelation by any means, but if people are consuming these debates, and remembering and processing them over time then they would see this immutable truth. The pathetically weak-kneed performance of the moderators in the Democratic debate was summed up not only by the softballs they tossed at Hillary, but the few times she was “challenged” Anderson Cooper started the challenge “with all due respect.” Those four words were never uttered to the other Dem candidates much less anyone on the GOP side.
That attitude isn’t just one that is withering for an exchange of ideas or for the ability for a campaign to be sharpened, it’s indicative how totally bereft of intelligent thought the left is in the first place. Ted Cruz NAILED them on it too:
“This is not a cage match. And you look at the questions — Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues,” Cruz said to commanding applause from the audience.
Then, Carl Quintanilla got booed for asking Ben Carson if he lacks judgment when other people use his likeness without his permission.
That liberals who lead major televised events think these are mic-drop questions that would “destroy” people who are clearly much smarter than they are, when precisely the opposite occurs, and they keep trying to do it , proves how dumb they truly are.