Discussion: Rules Of Next Republican Presidential Debate Unveiled

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Question: Does anyone really care?

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You know what? I don’t care. No matter what the format, they’ll still get pissy if they’re asked hard questions and they’ll still lie through their teeth.

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Presidential debates used to be sponsored, and moderators / formats chosen, by the League of Women Voters. The League was prescient, years ago, when they cancelled their sponsorship.

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October 3, 1988

LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”

WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

WASHINGTON, DC —“The League of Women Voters is withdrawing its sponsorship of the presidential debate scheduled for mid-October because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter,” League President Nancy M. Neuman said today.

“It has become clear to us that the candidates’ organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions,” Neuman said. “The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”

Neuman said that the campaigns presented the League with their debate agreement on
September 28, two weeks before the scheduled debate. The campaigns’ agreement was negotiated “behind closed doors” and vas presented to the League as “a done deal,” she said, its 16 pages of conditions not subject to negotiation.

Most objectionable to the League, Neuman said, were conditions in the agreement that gave the campaigns unprecedented control over the proceedings. Neuman called “outrageous” the campaigns’ demands that they control the selection of questioners, the composition of the audience, hall access for the press and other issues.

“The campaigns’ agreement is a closed-door masterpiece,” Neuman said. “Never in the history of the League of Women Voters have two candidates’ organizations come to us with such stringent, unyielding and self-serving demands.”

Neuman said she and the League regretted that the American people have had no real opportunities to judge the presidential nominees outside of campaign-controlled environments.

“On the threshold of a new millennium, this country remains the brightest hope for all who cherish free speech and open debate,” Neuman said. “Americans deserve to see and hear the men who would be president face each other in a debate on the hard and complex issues critical to our progress into the next century.”

Neuman issued a final challenge to both Vice President Bush and Governor Dukakis to “rise above your handlers and agree to join us in presenting the fair and full discussion the American public expects of a League of Women Voters debate.”

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This will be so unfair.

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Well as the saying goes “Be careful what you wish for”.

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After every debate, they get together and say, “Gawd, that was awful. All our candidates came out looking like idiots. We need to try a different format next time.” So they try their latest format, and their candidates still come out looking like idiots. But no matter how many times this happens, they will never be able to figure out that the problem is not with the debate format, but with the fact that their candidates ARE all a bunch of idiots.

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If Ruppert and Ailes says this is the format, well that’s gonna be the format. Dr. Carson certainly won’t object…they made him!

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I predict that they will still whine that things are unfair if their lies are challenged.

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Rule #1 No Factchecking

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Cavuto, Dobbs, Barney, and/or Bartiromo challenging – Rethugs? I think NOT!

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And at the end of the night the tally of questions actually answered will be ZERO.

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It’s not going to help them. Their brand is fucked, probably permanently.

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I’ve said it before, Dems hold the center ground now and moving further right is suicide.

They’re screwed.

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I’m reminded of Tonya Harding. After having her competition whacked in the knee, she cried to the judges for a do over after her lace broke.

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Well now, just wait a minute. There is nothing the least bit idiotic to rule #4. If a candidate objects to any question because you know, the Constitution why shouldn’t he get a free pass on answering by crying out “OlyOly Oxenfree”?

…or diving into the traffic cone-surrounded safety zone behind the glass cone of silence?

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Republican Presidential Derpbate is more accurate.

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Excellent prep for facing Hillary, boys.

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Finally! We will finally see the candidates on the other side talking about their vision of America with substance and respect!

Heh.

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So Fox Business and WSJ stand to be the next two candidates to be voted out of the RNC bubble?

What’s next? Do the debates move to drudge dot com? Then after the candidates falter there, a move to PPV on The Blaze?

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