How bad were the moderators at the GOP CNBC debate? So bad that even left-wingers were calling the CNBC panel a train-wreck.
Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo called out “perhaps the most comically poor debate prep we’ve ever seen in a national debate. Are these folks even journalists?” Adam Nagourney of the New York Times asked mid-debate: “Would it be hard to do a panel swap-out during the break? Is Jake Tapper or Chris Wallace in the wings?” Think Progress, which almost functions as Hillary’s personal blog, admitted the debate “was kind of a train wreck.”
I didn’t watch. (Went for a massage, then for a nice moonlight walk followed by a Qdoba taco salad. I really like living here better than the DC area. The other day, we went for lunch at a Thai place and I discovered I had left my wallet at the office. The proprietor, “Don’t worry about it. Eat your lunch. Pay me later.”)
I didn’t watch because I really don’t find political debates informative or worthwhile. The Democrat “debates” are more like infomercials. (“Tell us more about how your plan for totally free college will boost the economy!”) The Republican ones are like 60 Minutes interviewing the corrupt CEO of a Health Insurance Company that was caught selling fake insurance policies to old people through a telemarketing scam while simultaneously running a child prostitution ring and puppy abattoir.
The Tax Foundation, which was alluded to earlier, scored your tax plan and concluded that you give nearly twice as much of a gain in after-tax income to the top one-percent as to people in the middle of the income scale. Since you’re a champion of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, don’t you have that backward?
This assertion was an outright falsehood. A reputable news organization would fire him. Fortunately, he works for NBC.
From what I am told, Ted Cruz won the night.
“Let me say something at the outset,” the Senator from Texas said. “The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”
“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.
“Do we get credit for this one,” Quintanilla asked Cruz?
“Let me be clear,” Cruz said. “The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense, than ever participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.”
“The questions being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other, it should be what are your substantive solutions to people at home,” Cruz said before getting cut off.