ELDER PATRIOT – The Liberal obsession with government-corporate partnerships made the events at last night’s CNVC debate inevitable.
Viewers of last night’s Republican debate witnessed General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt attempt to repay President Obama and the entire Democratic Party for the last seven years of corporate favoritism that allowed his company to pay almost no federal taxes and to borrow money at a zero interest rate.
He did this through the use of General Electric subsidiary CNBC, the network that hosted the debate. The moderators of the debate John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintanilla were on a mission to attack and defame as many of the candidates as time would allow.
Former Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese quickly recognized this: “After 15 minutes it was clear that this was not a debate, but a verbal shooting gallery set up by CNBC, with the targets the Republican candidates and the shooters their biased antagonists from the press…whoever selected the ‘moderators’ should be fired and the RNC leaders who allowed it should be condemned.”
Meese’s final comment should raise eyebrows. It does here where we’ve been contending all along that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has no interest in returning the party to its conservative roots if that means surrendering the Republicans’ seat on the corporate gravy train. If Priebus’ head doesn’t roll for this we can only conclude his collusion with CNBC met with the approval of the rest of the party’s insiders.
Coupled with yesterday’s debt deal giving President Obama a blank checkbook for the remainder of his term, in the process removing a number of significant issues that a conservative could run on, one is left wondering why the party doesn’t endorse Hillary Clinton immediately and save their donors the time and expense of a campaign?
It all backfired because Ted Cruz exhibited the backbone we need in our next president. Instead of trying to answer this question from Carl Quintanilla, “Congressional Democrats and Republicans are about to strike a compromise that would raise the debt limit, during the fear that a Washington crisis is on the way. Does your opposition to it show you’re not the kind of problem-solver that American voters want?” Cruz decided he’d heard enough. His response was stunning and completely eviscerated the debate’s moderators:
“Let me say something at the outset. The questions asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. And if you look at the questions, ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues … Carl, I’m not finished yet. The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every thought and question from the media was, ‘Which of you is more handsome and why?’ Let me be clear, the men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense, than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. Nobody believes that the moderators have any intention of voting in a Republican primary.”
CNBC will emerge undamaged from last night’s display of partisan liberal media bias because their normally limited viewership walks in lockstep with that level of political thought.
RNC leadership is likely to survive as they deflect the blame to CNBC. Even if someone is sacrificed it will be for show only as we’ve witnessed with Paul Ryan replacing John Boehner. Real change is always left up to the voters.
For Ted Cruz it was a moment that elevated his star.