I cannot believe that I am defending Fox news!
But here goes:
Usually I like Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. I think she makes too much of minor issues some times. But today…
Chill out Rachel!
First of all, 10 candidates on any stage is too many,
We should have fewer candidates, not more. What difference does it make who makes the ninth and tenth and eleventh spots? They are far out in the field any way.
There is another debate at 5 o’clock on Fox news for those candidates who didn’t make the top 10. People who want to watch it will watch it. Most shows on tv can be screened when people want to see them, rarely are we restricted to live presentation. So all of them will have exposure.
I personally think the first debate (for the bottom seven, to be held at 5:00 EDT) will be the better one. Both might be worth watching. Perhaps none of them will be worth watching.
One thing is certain. Missing out on that top 10 candidates debate will not end anybody’s political career. There is plenty of time for commentary, news making, and there will be more debates. There is more than a year left: lots will happen.
Maybe more people would take the first debate seriously if the news media would stop calling it the “children’s table.” Name calling and demeaning comments are not limited to the word “rapists.”
While there is a lot of fuss made about the criteria for the first debate there is very little attention paid to real issues:
the need for cleaner air and water,
the need for better and safer infrastructure,
the need for more work,
the need for better wages,
the number of regulatory agencies that are underfunded,
the excessive role of fundamental religious views in politics.
What would happen if these issues were mentioned, debated, addressed?