Feb
09
2016
7

Self-Tweet of the Day, It’s Time To Purge The Debate Stage edition.

The days of seven people need to be OVER. Whether or not the news media want a slap-fight. Especially if they want a slap-fight, in fact.

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Feb
02
2016
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So, the next debates.

The Democrats are having a debate on MSNBC on February 4th that, as per tradition, nobody will watch: and the Republicans will be having a debate on ABC on February 6th that pretty much everybody will watch. I’m going to predict it now: Trump supporters will claim that the higher ratings will be primarily because Trump didn’t skip this one like he did the Fox News one.  The fact that ABC is to Fox News like Fox News is to CNBC will probably be, ah, overlooked.

More details here. Two Democratic debaters, and six Republican ones. That’s one too many Republicans, and two too many Democrats; but then, nobody asked me

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Jan
31
2016
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My RedState post on more Democratic debates.

Found here. Short version… as political theater goes, the Democratic debate negotiations are incredibly dull and boring. Which makes them funny! …If you have a particular sense of humor.

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Jan
27
2016
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My RedState post on the end of the undercard debates.

Found here. Short version: tomorrow’s may be the last one.  …Well, they had their day.

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Nov
09
2015
4

Tomorrow’s debate: the Jeb vs. Rubio Show.

At least, that’s my guess.

…and that’s bad news for every candidate not named Jeb or Rubio, although possibly Ben Carson would find it congenial to have the focus be on the two Floridian candidates all night. And I’m being serious when I say that Jeb would probably profit from this fight: when you’re in fourth or fifth place, anything that blunts the momentum of the people currently in first and second place is likely to rebound to your benefit.  Even if it’s just having a fight with the guy who’s more or less in third place.

Then again, Rubio also benefits from having the spotlight put on him, and for the same reason.  So… watch the debate! It promises to be possibly quite the scrum.

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Oct
29
2015
2

Quote of the Day, I Ultimately Found The CNBC Debate Delightful For This Very Reason edition.

Seriously.

Instead of being a chance for the Republican candidates to debate each other, the CNBC debate ended up pitting the candidates in a debate against the mainstream media.

And that’s what was awesome about it.

I take a very pragmatic view of debates: will what happened cost my party votes in the general election? And the answer here is an unequivocal ‘no.’ We had a lot of good video clip fodder yesterday, and it was all of Republicans smashing smug media idiots right in the metaphorical chops. And, as Robert Tracinski went on to note in that article: the media hates the Republican party, and wants us to die in a fire.  Best that our candidates get practice in dealing with that early.

Oct
14
2015
5

Democratic debate viewership numbers were good… if you’re grading on a curve.

I understand that CNN is trying its best to gild their lily, but come on.

CNN’s Tuesday night debate averaged 15.3 million viewers, easily making it the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.

Primary debates at this point in past election cycles have averaged 2 to 5 million viewers. But there’s something special about this election — something that has a lot more viewers paying attention.

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Oct
13
2015
5

Tweet of the Day, …Geez, Moe, Yet ANOTHER Debate Post? edition.

Sorry! It’s a slow day, really. And I gotta watch this stupid thing, remember?  Besides, stuff like this is funny.

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Oct
12
2015
6

DNC smacks down DNC vice chair Tusli Gabbard for going off-message on debates.

Oh, wow.  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard thinks that the Democratic party thinks that she’s people: “Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Nevada after she appeared on television and called for more face-offs.” At least, that’s the only reason that I can think of for her being upset at the way the DNC chastised her for speaking out of turn. Hasn’t anybody explained the rules to Rep. Gabbard yet? (more…)

Sep
29
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, This Is Why I Only Intend To Watch The First Democratic Debate edition.

Interesting thought that occurred to me after reading this tweet:

Is there going to be a single moment in the Democratic debates where a candidate says I’m sorry if my opinion is unpopular among the base, but I’m right anyway about any topic at all? Or is it going to just be an ‘out-Left the other candidates’ snoozefest? I’m kind of betting on snoozefest.

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Sep
10
2015
4

DNC nervously refuses to host more debates.

The wagons are being circled: “Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is closing the door on adding more Democratic presidential debates, and said a controversial clause penalizing candidates for participating in unsanctioned debates would stand.” The number will stay at 6, and never mind the complaints from inside the party. No, really, the Democratic leadership is determined to never mind them.

Before we go any further: that Hill article noted that there were two dozen or so primary debates in 2008, which does admittedly sound a bit high. Six, on the hand, is… well, if you weren’t really expecting to have a contested primary then I suppose six would have seemed like plenty. As it stands right now, though, the Democrats are perilously close to having a contested primary despite the fact that their only alternatives to Hillary Clinton are currently Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. As a former Democrat myself, the idea of that is giving me sympathy heartburn despite the fact that I want to see such a glorious trainwreck happen. (more…)

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