I rarely agree with Senator Ted Cruz, but he has a great idea: He wants conservative talk-show hosts/demagogues Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin to moderate a GOP debate.
Let’s be clear: The Republican whining about debate moderation to date is pathetic. They smacked CNBC moderators like piñatas Wednesday night, and they’ve continued battering them through the week. You’ll recall that Donald Trump savaged Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly in the most sexist way after the first debate. These guys are first-rate cry babies, working the refs by crying “liberal media bias!” like conservatives have for going on 50 years.
You can take issue with a few of the CNBC questions–nobody but Jeb Bush cared much for the fantasy-football query–but, if anything, the moderators went too easy on the GOP contenders, who got away with astonishing falsehoods. Ben Carson brazenly lied about his disturbing ties to Mannatech, a nutritional-supplement company that’s paid millions to settle lawsuits about its fraudulent claims. Donald Trump lied when he said, “I was not at all critical” of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his efforts to advance comprehensive immigration reform and widen the H-1B visa program. Carly Fiorina lied when she claimed 92 percent of those who lost jobs in President Obama’s first term were women. Marco Rubio lied when he charged the media ignored evidence that Hillary Clinton was a “liar” at last week’s absurd Benghazi hearing.
Republicans are also lying about the first Democratic debate’s being a love-fest between Anderson Cooper and the candidates. Clinton’s first question involved her alleged shape-shifting and flip-flopping on policy, Senator Bernie Sanders got pointed queries about whether he’s anti-capitalism, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was grilled on charges that his policies led to over-incarceration when he was Baltimore mayor.
Meanwhile, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee got so little time, they wound up throwing in the towel within a week. If only the Republicans whose support hovers below 2 percent would have the self-awareness to do the same.
Far from it: Now the undercard candidates are teaming up with the top guns to try to wrest control of the debate process from the Republican National Committee. Representatives of every GOP contender save Chris Christie are reportedly meeting in Washington this weekend to plot against the RNC and the media.