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CNBC GOP Debate: Party of Stupid Invites Attacks from Most Biased Media Panel Ever

Last night’s media assault on the Republican candidates for President was conducted by what just might be the most biased media panel to ever conduct a presidential debate. And that’s saying a lot given the history of Ted Cruzmedia bias in the Republican Primary debates and against Republican candidates in the General Election debates. 

The first ridiculous question was the very first question, “in any job interview, you know this: you get asked, ‘what’s your biggest weakness?’ So in 30 seconds, without telling us that you try too hard or that you’re a perfectionist… what is your biggest weakness and what are you doing to address it?” 

And it went downhill from there:

Characterizing Trump as a "comic book version of a presidential campaign." 

Belittling Carly Fiorina by repeating "Is that using really small type?" when she said the 70,000 pages of IRS regs could be cut down to three. 

Assaulting Carly Fiorina with the completely unrelated comments of one of her supporters. 

Characterizing the ideas of Governor Christie and others who have suggested ways to save Social Security as "breaking the social compact." 

Attacking Ben Carson for being a homophobe for defending traditional marriage. 

Attacking Donald Trump through a question to Governor Mike Huckabee, “When you look at him, do you see someone with the moral authority to unite the country?” 

The entire media panel seemed intent on one-upping George Stephanopoulos’ infamous monologue about contraception and the alleged Republican opposition to a woman’s “reproductive rights” that teed-up the Democrats 2012 “war on women” campaign. 

The good news is these attacks were by and large not accepted by the candidates and led to several of the best moments of the debate – at least according to my informal applause-o-meter. 

When Ted Cruz was hit with a monologue-type question mischaracterizing the outrageous spending bill that just passed the House he took the opportunity to push back:

CRUZ: You know, let me say something at the outset. The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. 

(APPLAUSE) 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 the people care about? 

(APPLAUSE) 

QUINTANILLA: (inaudible) do we get credit (inaudible)? 

CRUZ: And Carl — Carl, I’m not finished yet. 

CRUZ: The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, “Which of you is more handsome and why?” 

(LAUGHTER) 

And let me be clear. 

(CROSSTALK) 

QUINTANILLA: So, this is a question about (inaudible), which you have 30 seconds left to answer, should you choose to do so. 

CRUZ: Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. 

(LAUGHTER) 

And nobody watching at home believed that any of the moderators had any intention of voting in a Republican primary. The questions that are being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other. It should be what are your substantive positions… 

(CROSSTALK) 

QUINTANILLA: OK. (inaudible) I asked you about the debt limit and I got no answer. 

(CROSSTALK) 

CRUZ: You want me to answer that question? I’m happy to answer the question… 

Senator Marco Rubio, the object of several of the most pointed attacks from the media panel also received some of his most vocal audience support when he pushed back against the media inquisitors:

RUBIO: OK. I know the Democrats have the ultimate SuperPac. It’s called the mainstream media who every single day… 

(APPLAUSE) 

… and I’ll tell you why. Last week, Hillary Clinton went before a committee. She admitted she had sent e-mails to her family saying, “Hey, this attack at Benghazi was caused by Al Qaida-like elements.” She spent over a week telling the families of those victims and the American people that it was because of a video. And yet the mainstream media is going around saying it was the greatest week in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. 

It was the week she got exposed as a liar. It was the week that she got exposed as a liar… 

(APPLAUSE) 

But she has her super PAC helping her out, the American mainstream media. 

In my book TAKEOVER I devoted an entire chapter to the outrageous stupidity the Republican Party has displayed in handing over their presidential primary debates to the establishment media.  

In “The Party of Stupid Puts the Media in Charge of Their Debates” I said:

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result, welcome to the nut house of the establishment media-sponsored Republican presidential debates. 

What would you call a political party that hands the power to set the agenda during its presidential primaries to its sworn enemies in the liberal media, then doubles down to give the power to set the agenda in the waning days of the general election to a self-perpetuating “commission” of Washington, DC, progressive insiders? 

Some people might call that the national Republican Party— 

I call it the Party of Stupid. 

In the aftermath of CNBC’s two-hour long attack ad for the Democratic National Committee, Republican national Committee Chairman Reince Priebus complained that CNBC “did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters.” 

But he was the one that, in spite of years of evidence of the folly of giving that much power to the establishment media, agreed to the “debate.” 

Last night’s CNBC Republican Presidential Primary Debate proved that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the national GOP leaders who set-up the debate schedule remain the Party of Stupid for allowing a biased liberal media to set the agenda in the Republican Party’s primary election. The good news is that, unlike Priebus and the insiders at the RNC, a few of the Republican presidential candidates understand the danger of this and were prepared to push back.

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Oct 28 Republican Debate

Though unable to watch the actual debate, I have seen enough replay on Lamestream Media to realize it was a complete left-wing setup and vaudeville act.

I have an idea. Instead of these seriously integrity-compromised "presstitutes" who act as "moderators" for the debates now (it would be smarter to call them "agitators"), let's chose two competent university professors, one from each side, and designate them to moderate all debates for both parties in a given election cycle.

I would propose Erwin Chemerinsky and Thomas Sowell for the 2016 cycle.

What do others think?