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Wolf Blitzer Fails as Moderator

Friday, 18 Dec 2015 08:34 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The last GOP debate of the year proved once again John Kasich is the most tone–deaf politician in the contest. There he was — America’s Angry RINO —clinging to his edge of the stage with that desperate look on his face that only comes from knowing a poor performance means next time he’ll be with Lindsey Graham sharing a riser in front of a Winnebago.

His handlers evidently told him an angry, arm–waving, buttinski was not what Republican voters were in the market for this election, so Kasich decided to be an arm–waving Jimmy Carter instead.

After he informs a breathlessly waiting America that his daughter doesn’t like politics because, “there's too much fighting, too much yelling. It's so loud, I don't like it." The question everyone at home asked was: “Is her name, Amy, too?”

Good grief. Being lectured on bickering by the likes of John Kasich is like being advised on debate preparation by Donald Trump.

Jeb Bush also emerged from the metamorphosis booth, hoping to boost poll numbers past his current nemesis “margin of error.” He quickly assumed the steely–eyed, no–nonsense persona Jeb’s backers have been hoping for all year. No wait, that was Carly Fiorina.

Jeb reverted to being America’s schoolmarm, wagging his finger and scolding, “Donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency.” Then he steps on his own line by adding, “That’s not going to happen.”

Later, in keeping with the all–about–Donald theme of the debate, Jeb compared his approach to being commander in chief to Trump’s. “I would seek out, as I have, the best advice that exists.” While in contrast with Trump, “I won't get my information from the shows. I don't know if that's Saturday morning or Sunday morning. I don't know which one.”

The line should have been: “What I won’t do is get all my information from TV. I just can’t decide if Donald’s watching on Saturday morning or Sunday morning.”

Jeb’s fussiness with what should be a clean sound bite fails to endear him to voters. Maybe it sounded better in Spanish.

In the end, Kasich and Bush aren’t even auditioning for vice president anymore. Like frog legs in a skillet, both campaigns still respond to external stimuli, but any connection to a viable existence has long been severed.

The campaigns that are viable were hampered by another tone problem starting with the moderator. What genius decided Wolf Blitzer was the man to moderate a debate on national security? He’s still wringing his hands over Nagasaki.

Blitzer’s first question was a capsule of the wrong–headed approach to national security taken by the MSM and establishment Republicans. They worry a temporary ban on Muslim immigration means the “Arab street” and suicidal multiculturalists will remove Uncle Sam as Facebook friends.

A few terror casualties here and there are a small price to pay for the approbation of the rest of the world, many that wish the U.S. would take all the Muslim “refugees” so their security services could go back to taking their regular days off.

As Ann Coulter points out, most of the candidates would rather attack ISIS there than do something to cut down on the importation of jihadis here.

Candidate solutions to the ISIS crisis included bomb, bomb, drone, bomb, and some variation of hire a local hit man. Or men. All the while keeping America safe, children safe, wives safe, people safe, families safe, our country safe, the nation safe, refugees safe, Ohio safe and us safe.

There was even a mention of a safe space for ISIS to grow, but I think that was a bad thing.

The candidates were a bizarre combination of tough talk, resignation, and equivocation. Stopping Muslim immigration until the explosions die down doesn’t make us look weak and isn’t doing what ISIS wants. Shutting down the entire Los Angeles school system because of a fake threat makes us look weak and is exactly what ISIS wants.

As the debate ground on and Blitzer worried more and more about world opinion, I kept hoping Cruz or Trump or Christie or even Fiorina would look at the camera and say, I’m not running for president of the United Nations. I’m running for president of the United States. We’ve got a wannabe U.N. president in the Oval Office now and it will take years to correct his failures. My domestic and international decisions will be based on what is in the best interest of the United States and not what meets with the approval of the General Assembly or the Harvard University faculty lounge. I will put American lives and livelihoods first.

The problem is, I’m still waiting for that statement.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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