From the Hart: Debate debacle causes mutiny

tsj column writers - from the hartBy Ron Hart

NBC, still the home of “Lyin’ Brian” Williams, did a partisan and pitiful job of hosting the late October GOP debate. The questions of the condescending “moderators’” were ill prepared, mean-spirited, biased and childish. CNBC embarrassed and revealed itself in the debate, probably its last.

Marco Rubio is right: the media should register as a PAC. NBC reporters could find a major Democrat in a hotel room with a dead hooker, high on meth and with $2 million in plutonium on him, and their lead story the next day would be about global warming and income inequality in America.

Reince Priebus, RNC head and a man whose name sounds like a car wash for hybrid cars, has already told NBC the network is suspended for the next debate. So the NBC GOP debates almost made it to two episodes, making them the most successful new series NBC has had in years—ironically, since The Apprentice.

And much like The Apprentice, the debate involved Trump yelling at a bunch of folks whom you hardly recognize. The appeal of Trump is that, when he sees a stupid thing an organization is doing, he points it out, asks why and renegotiates. Imagine the field day he would have applying this business approach to the many and duplicative government agencies.

Priebus’ action was not enough to quell the uprising among the GOP presidential hopefuls, who are now more emboldened under Donald Trump’s leadership to make business demands. This is a good thing; 95% of the media are left of center and most hate the GOP. So why put your candidates in front of the media for a grilling when Democratic candidates do not receive the same treatment?  Democrats will not hold one of their debates on Fox.

In the wake of the CNBC debate debacle, the campaign strategists of most of the top Republican candidates met last weekend to discuss taking more control of the debates. Astonishing news here: Donald Trump has a campaign strategist! To date, he has just gotten out there and winged it, not really having a strategy or seeming concerned about how tacky the results (an approach he obviously learned from his barber).

At the conclusion of their meeting, the GOP contenders were in agreement. They jointly called on U.S. jets to conduct airstrikes on the homes of the CNBC anchors who conducted the debate.

Compare the contentious “gotcha questions” directed at the Republican candidates with the softball silliness of the Democratic debate. The Las Vegas Dem debate was held at the Wynn Casino. Lots of money has been lost in the casinos of Las Vegas, and that doesn’t include weddings and donations to the Clinton Family Crime Foundation.

All Democrats seemed to enjoy the lovefest that was the well-orchestrated Democratic debate. Hillary’s only concern is that Bill attended and had to be left alone for three hours in Las Vegas without her being able to watch him.

The Democrat debate was held with Hillary, Bernie, and three other men who looked like the type of high school guidance counselors who would encourage you to incur lots of student loan debt to get a Genders Studies degree from Skidmore College “because it’s your dream.”

I suggest a drinking game you could play during a Democrat debate. When the candidates mention something they would give you free, reach over to the person next to you, take his tequila from him and down it.

In fact, all the Democrats seem to think we now live in an America where everything should be free. If not, you are just a brick and a broken store window away from getting anything you want. And if a policeman arrests you, put up a fight and sue for some extra money.

The Democrats even left an empty lectern on the stage in case Joe Biden showed up. The lectern came in second in the debate behind Bernie Sanders and is now polling 6 points ahead of Lincoln Chaffee.

To Hillary’s consternation, Joe Biden visited with Bernie Sanders afterward. Bernie was excited.  He is so old that he is just happy to have younger folks come visit him.

The RNC might consider letting the libertarian media group Reason host one of the Republican debates. Reason has smart, young and issue-oriented followers who favor legalized pot and prostitution. So the GOP can be assured of a great after-debate party and a “spin room” that really might be spinning.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, author, and TV and radio commentator. Contact him at

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