Bring in the Clowns
Last night we had a so called “debate” of the top rated candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the U.S. As one editorial comment in the aftermath put it, it was not so much of a debate as an inquisition.
The head clown, Donald Trumps led off with refusing to agree not to head up a third party in the election.
Subsequent questions from the moderator showed him to be a pretty nasty guy, and not one that I would vote for, even if I was a Republican. Some of the top runners had not much to say, some were polite, some sarcastic and some kind of disappeared in the dust of the blossoming hot air.
The big surprise to a lot of people and to me was that Fox News did not put these Republicans on a pedestal like the newscasters and commentators usually do, but asked hard hitting and relevant questions.
For myself, I did not waste any time over the broadcast, but read a good book instead. On the morning after, I read the comments in the New York Times and other sources, and thereby saved myself some points on my blood pressure.
I do not usually watch any morning news except Fox news, and I think there may be a great divide between the morning crew and whoever it is in the evenings that gives Fox News such a reputation for being the trained chimp of the Republican Party.
My “team” has to get up very early to start the day at 4 a.m. The weather man is a sharp handsome fellow with a sense of humor. He not only gives us the weather report that affects the Bay Area, but includes what is happening in the oceans off China. The hurricanes that hit Taiwan and Shanghai have an economic effect on our area since we do so much business with the Pacific Rim countries.
The traffic announcer is always there with the maps, and I feel sorry for the folks that have to battle their way to the Bay Bridge every morning. The lead anchor is an African American, and I noticed that one female anchor was in the late stages of pregnancy.
All these hard working people have to suffer through the daily Morning Murder Report, and while I do not have to watch every broadcast, and can switch channels after 30 minutes, they have to sit there and repeat every nasty bulletin that comes out.
From the looks of the makeup of the morning crew, I would judge that Fox News is a pretty liberal outfit. Asians, women, Italians, African Americans, and Hispanics are all on screen throughout the morning working hard at a sometimes depressing job, reporting the various car accidents, police shootings, rampaging thieves and political chicanery. So how can we derive political viewpoints from the everyday news?
I guess I am just not watching the correct dimension of Fox News at all.
Returning to the so called debates, someone pointed out that Carly Fiorina had been fired from her top job at Hewlett Packard, and had a 20 million dollar severance package. Scott Walker had busted the unions in his state, but had poor economic progress. Donald Trump had gone into bankruptcy several times, and still claimed that he was an honest man.
Others made rather poorly informed statements on race, abortions, spying and jobs.
My take is that we should encourage many candidates to step up and wrangle for months over what they would do as President. I think Fox gave us a chance and even seemed to provoke the more idiotic statements from these fellows. Then we can whittle them down and slough off the real dimwits and publicly show that they can’t bamboozle their way into a top job that calls for more wisdom than has been shown so far in our public forums.