CNN is the Clinton News Network. Always has been and always will be until they get her elected as POTUS. So it’s no surprise that Anderson Cooper, the main moderator of tonight’s debate, has already declared that this debate will be about policy and will not pit candidates against each other. He said these are serious candidates so this will be a serious debate. By default then, CNN doesn’t think Republican candidates are serious.
That’s clearly a 180 from the CNN Republican debate in which they intentionally created a food fight to make the candidates look like they were all from the Crazy Party. It was a partisan hack job and they succeeded in making themselves the story rather than the candidates. They mimicked Fox’s debate strategy by making the moderators the stars but took it to a ridiculous extreme game of he said/she said. There was no policy discussion on purpose. Their job was to prevent Americans from hearing Republican ideas that could actually help the country and they couldn’t let that happen.
By contrast, tonight CNN will maintain a decorum of dignity in order to make the candidates seem more presidential in hopes that all Americans will deem them the Sane Party. Of course that ensures a snoozefest. Shades of gray comes to mind as there is virtually no policy differences between the candidates except who declared a stance before the other. Bernie has always been against trade bills, the pipeline, etc. and Hillary
flip-flopped conveniently evolved to his position on the issues just in time for another run for president.
The most interesting spectacle of tonight’s event will undoubtedly be Trump’s live tweet trolling of the debate. Will Don Lemon, the CNN internet guy behind the scene, whisper some of his sweet tweets into Anderson’s earphone to get a reaction from the candidates? That’s what I’ll be looking for in order to stay awake for the two hours.
That and which Hillary shows up. The nice witch with the fake smile or the wicked witch with the fake smile while cackling in various soprano octaves? Will her head spin in circles if she’s pressed on her email scandal while screaming, what difference, at this point, does it make? If Ed Klein’s post is correct about her demeanor lately, we’ll probably get the wicked witch Hillary:
“Hillary’s always at her most effective when her back is to the wall,” says one of her longtime political advisers. “After weeks of pounding and pummeling by the press, she’s mad as hell and isn’t going to take it any more.”
Hillary rage has been on full display behind the scenes of her campaign.
“Hillary’s been having screaming, child-like tantrums that have left staff members in tears and unable to work,” says a campaign aide. “She thought the nomination was hers for the asking, but her mounting problems have been getting to her and she’s become shrill and, at times, even violent.” [snip]
Bill Clinton and Hillary’s campaign team are concerned that her anger may spin out of control in public. They have been trying to calm her down.
They are concerned that she could have a serious meltdown in front of TV cameras, which would make her look so out of control that voters would decide she doesn’t have the temperament to be commander in chief.
Unless the other candidates besides HRC and Bernie create some sparks, tonight’s debate will be a lovefest amongst liberals that operate as one brain lest they get ostracized for wandering off the progressive plantation.
Honestly, let’s just call it what they are known for saying….let’s have a conversation. They will converse on who can tax the wealthiest the most to provide the most freebies for those that don’t get their free fair share.
CNN’s goal should be to get better ratings than the MLB game between the Dodgers and the Mets. That’s a tall order but their odd’s may be slightly better than facing off against a really great football game. Then again, they’ll have to top Trump’s Twitter ratings if they have such a thing and that will be very hard for CNN to do….unless Biden shows up at the last minute (which won’t happen).
The good news is, column writers can put their articles to bed early by declaring Hillary the winner before the first pitch at 8:00 pm tonight. Life is good as a writer for the lame stream media, especially one from New York.
Luckily we have new media that might declare Trump the winner of the CNN debate. Even if they don’t, he sure is getting more attention than the other three Democrat candidates. Webb who? O’Malley who? A brilliant move I must say.