Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin as GOP debate hosts? Sure, OK

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According to Ted Cruz, the problems with Republican debates could be fixed if they were hosted by committed conservatives, people whom Cruz calls “real journalists” such as talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. As Cruz argues, questioners like that would “help conservatives make a decision who’s going to be the best and strongest conservative to represent us and win.”

I would not only watch such a debate, I think it might do the country a great favor. (Heck, let’s throw in Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham as well.) Under Cruz’ proposal, the people who actually set the conservative agenda would be able to hold conservative candidates publicly accountable to that agenda on behalf of the conservative base. Everything would be within the conservative bubble, with no inconvenient truths allowed to penetrate. And the rest of us would get to see which — if any — of the Republican candidates were brave enough to dissent from that version of reality.

I know what you’re thinking: Two whole hours of wallowing in Benghazi, Lois Lerner, Fast and Furious, Second Amendment remedies, Sharia law and other right-wing obsessions with no obvious relevance to important issues? Yes, exactly. Maybe we’d get to hear Limbaugh rail about that femi-Nazi Hillary and her cankles. And I’d love to see Levin press Jeb Bush and others for their ideas on how to stop President Obama from “building the Iranian Islamo-nazi caliphate” that Obama so clearly desires.

If we really got lucky, some “real journalist” might even pose a hard-hitting question such as “Why does Ted Cruz love America?”

Look, CNBC moderators did a poor job last week of framing questions and controlling the debate. They were inexperienced and out of their depth for the most part. But let’s be honest. You can’t have Ben Carson and reality-star Donald Trump as the leading candidates for your party’s nomination and then blame the media when your debates turn into a circus. It was a circus already, and the lack of seriousness did not originate with the moderators. You also can’t insist on having 10 candidates on the stage, limit the broadcast to two hours and then complain afterward that some participants didn’t get enough time, as Republicans are now doing.

With our national attention span now about the length of the news cycle, I know it’s hard to recall way back in August, when Fox News moderators also got slammed by conservatives for asking questions that were too tough or confrontational.  Cruz was asked how such a divisive figure could ever be elected president.  Trump was asked why he verbally abuses women, Carson was confronted about his basic ignorance of public affairs and Chris Wallace and his colleagues tried repeatedly to goad Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and then Bush and Trump into confrontations. Were those liberal questions or merely tough questions? Within the conservative bubble, is there a distinction?

We also heard the same whining from Republicans four years ago about debates making their candidates and party look bad. Remember the infamous “raise your hands” question about tax hikes and spending? That too came from a Fox News debate, asked by conservative journalist Byron York. And of course there was 2008, when a certain candidate for vice president was asked the “gotcha” question about which newspapers and magazines she read, as if it was unfair to pose that query to someone potentially one heartbeat from the presidency.

Different election cycles, different networks, different moderators, different candidates, but all with the same outcome: Republicans feeling themselves persecuted and “betrayed,” as RNC chair Reince Priebus put it last week. They tried changing the rules this time around before the debate season even began, at Priebus’ insistence, but that didn’t change things either.

It almost leads one to believe there might be some other sort of problem.

 

 

 

 

 

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td1234
td1234

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh isn't interested in Sen. Ted Cruz's suggestion that he should be one of the moderators of a GOP presidential debate – he wants to moderate the Democrats.


When a caller brought up Cruz's suggestion on Monday's show, Limbaugh said a better idea was to turn the tables.

"I think if I moderate a debate, it ought to be a Democrat debate," he said, suggesting that since Republican debates have been moderated mostly by liberals, he ought to grill the other side.

""I mean, if you're gonna even this out and we're gonna make this fair, you let me moderate the next debate with Hillary and the socialist and the abs," he said, a reference to front-runner Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a "democratic socialist," and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is far behind in the polls, but way ahead in admiration of his shirtless photos.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/rush-limbaugh-interested-moderating-democrat/2015/11/02/id/700231/#ixzz3qRzmne8Z 
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td1234
td1234

"Obama is the most limp, lack luster President we have had in centuries."  Andrea Tantaros


LOL

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

So self-made millionaire is the latest addition to Hillary's resume.

Government salary, cattle futures, and fools paying hundreds of dollars for a plate of rubber chicken and broccoli while listening to her babble on, and a book.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@_GodlessHeathen_

cattle futures

Clearly this merits a full investigation, even though after 37 years, the statute of limitations might make punitive measures a bit tricky.


td1234
td1234

@_GodlessHeathen_ And has never made anyone else rich and hired few to be able to take care of their families. 


But it is Trump that has made others rich and hired thousands that have been able to take care of their families is the problem. 


Progressive logic never ceases to amaze me. 

gotalife
gotalife


House Republicans Are Trying To Slip Bank Deregulation Into Highway Bill The move would jam Democrats on a popular bill.

Blew it on day one.

gotalife
gotalife

Americans finally figured out relegion is a fraud.


This is horrible news for the gop.


Adapt or die.

JackClemens
JackClemens

Ever wonder what American politics would be like if everyone suddenly came down with a case of common sense, a feeling of community and an appreciation of the common good? Then read my comic political serial thriller, "The Mighty Middle:" tinyurl.com/ovpcchw 


The second part of the series is pretty hilarious when you see what the cult of XPols gets up to in the Arizona desert. (Coming Nov. 10)

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Dr. Ben Carson  joked last year during a book tour that many Americans "are stupid." ... and they are voting for me!

gotalife
gotalife

Clinton takes the lead in New Hampshire.


Dominating.

td1234
td1234

@gotalife She is losing in FL to Trump and Carson in the general election. LOL

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Should we highlight this and abuse you with it in a few months?  Nah, too easy.  Like pointing out all the other places where you're wrong.  Just too easy.

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe Reporting the poll results on a day is reporting facts on that day so go ahead and line up.

Peachs
Peachs

@ByteMe @td1234 somewhere in the next few weeks Trump and Carson are flat tires on the side of the roads or spent horses at a horse races barely finishing. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234


and then Floridians will put down the meth, get sober and realize the errors of their ways . . .

gotalife
gotalife

@td1234 @fedup52 polls are horrible lately since you are oblivious to reality. Check them a couple of days before the election so they can correct. For the millionth time.

td1234
td1234

@Peachs Many establishment types and Democrats have been predicting this for more that 100 days now and they have not dropped. 

fedup52
fedup52

 An ISIS-linked group that was committed to carrying out a jihadist attack in Madrid was broken up on Tuesday, Spanish police said.  Three Moroccan nationals were arrested in early-morning raids in Madrid and Rivas-Vaciamadrid.

Well done Spaniards.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@fedup52 Why do I feel like they just have a good goalie?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@KUTGF 

It's one of them thar new-fangled heritage bombs.

ByteMe
ByteMe

Montana became the 30th state yesterday to expand Medicaid.


Those self-reliant socialists.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF So again why do you want to cut education spending to expand medical insurance? 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@ByteMe - there's the answer.

All those in Georgia who can't shut up about expanding Medicaid can move to Montana and take those they want to put on Medicaid with them.

Problem solved.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty It is not free money when the state has to put up funds as well that could be going to Education, police protection or Child protective services. 


Which one of those do you want to cut since we can NOT raise taxes? 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@KUTGF @td1234 - and just which businesses get subsidies from Georgia?

And before you start, tax breaks are not subsidies.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Well sweetie, we can raise taxes but there are other areas to cut.  How about cutting business subsidies? 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF So lets cut off the reasons companies move here so that they will take the taxbreaks in other states like NY so that we can have all those people laid off so that we can put them all on Medicaid. 


Dang progressive logic is just plain crazy. 

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer Because we passed a Constitution Amendment to cap the state income tax during the last election cycle by over 60% of the vote. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234


not a very bright idea . . . but then the GOP does run the state, so i guess that explains it. 


the self-inflicted wounds are always the hardest to stomach . . .hahahahaha

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@JohnnyReb @ByteMe 

Still can't figure out why folks like you are okay with sending all those tax dollars to other states.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@JohnnyReb Kentucky has run the numbers and decided that they actually come out ahead even when paying 90% of Medicaid payments as they will in a few years.  Turns out that it primes the pump by being paid to doctors and hospitals and equipment suppliers and so on, which those companies then turn around and pay state taxes and employ people.

But maybe you just think you're smarter than they are.

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer No Medicaid expansion in GA is not a "self inflicted" wound but a wise business decision. Now all the people that would be eligible are going to have to either pay up and support themselves, pay a larger and larger fine or move out of the state. Win, win, win for the taxpayer

td1234
td1234

@consumedconsumer What burden are you talking about? Life is about making choices and then taking responsibility for the choices you make. 


If you want to make bad choices and end up average or poor then so be it. Stand up, admit it and take responsibility for your own actions. Do not look to me to bail you out. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@CherokeeCounty @JohnnyReb @ByteMe - and I can't figure out how it is folks like you still believe there is such as thing as a free lunch, and that the absence of Georgia collecting more Medicaid money from the Feds means other states get more Medicaid dollars.  It just does not work that way.