MSNBC was the perfect host for this debate
By Darin H Posted in 2008 — Comments (10) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I'm glad that last night's debate was on MSNBC. I'm glad that Chrissy Matthews was the moderator and that Olby was the 'analyst.' Don't get me wrong, there were a bunch of stupid questions and the whole thing was set up by that way by the leftist "journalists" that populate the MSM. They reveled in trying to tie the Republican candidates to President Bush in a negative way. The question submitted online were banal. The moderators walking across the stage showed me that they thought they were the stars of the night, not the candidates. And then having several liberals discuss the debate once it was finished showed the networks true colors.
Nonetheless, having the debate on MSNBC was a good thing. Why? It lets every candidate know that these are the questions you can expect for the rest of the campaign. If you can’t handle stupid questions from the heavily partisan press then you don't deserve the Republican nomination. They aren't your friends, they won't ask you easy questions (which is to be expected), but they also won't ask you questions 'framed' from a conservative viewpoint. If you think they should or will, then you should close up shop now.
Two cases in point: Romney was prepared for the communion question, I'm pretty sure that Romney is capable of handling questions like these from dealing with the liberal Boston media during his time as governor. On the flip side Tommy Thompson was completely unprepared for the cheap shot thrown at him (should businesses be able to fire homosexuals). He fumbled around for an answer and ended up with a yes - he should have said something about America being a tolerant nation and doubting that a competent employee would be fired for something not work related "I just don't buy your premise" and moved on.
All candidates (declared and undeclared) take note, these are the questions you will get. Yes, yes, you'll get a few easy ones about taxes or vetoing spending, but expect the liberal media to try and get you in a 'gotcha' moment. If you can't handle that, it's time to get out now.