GOP Attacks Media: Democrats Win GOP Debate
In order Rubio, Kasich, and Cruz were the winners, but the GOP debate in Colorado last night was evidence that Democrats and specifically Barack Obama have won the argument. We heard 99% v. 1% rhetoric, protection of entitlements, demonization of Wall St., and focus on issues affecting women. The “let’s not split up Americans” GOP is over. Different Americans have different perspectives and interests, and I believe they are realizing that now. Yet another win for Democrats and; specifically, the President.
While it was clear that the candidates do not like government, the media, Democrats, Hillary or socialism, those things were indeed the winners for accomplishing the job many in the GOP didn’t want them to. They made sure that polling for the Republican field and prospects for funding still remains well split amongst a half-dozen rhetorically competent candidates who will cling to the flimsiest of evidence that their small number of supporters will continue to make it worthwhile for them to keep their campaigns alive.
In fact, one could say the media managed to achieve exactly the opposite dynamic result the Democratic debate did benefitting Hillary Clinton (ensuring that Democratic voters and donors be made well aware that their only real choice was to support Hillary). By this regard, this Democrat thought the debate last night was excellent.
In fact, there is no doubt in my mind this debate was orchestrated to continue these candidates’ campaigns. It’s why the moderators gave every candidate just enough of a ‘moment’ to maintain their support, and ultimately keep this GOP circus going. The debate spotlight has been put onto the media as a distracting scapegoat, automatically reducing discussion on the economy, foreign policy, immigration and national security.
Attacking the media is always a winner, but the question, as always, is what comes next? Will news outlets have an introspective moment and consider bias, or do they ignore this and march on unchanged? I see the media expanding the criticism and exploiting it to work in their favor. I hope candidates don’t expect to cruise to the Presidency by embracing a rousing anti-press platform. That’s not great policy to run on.