THIS EDITORIAL IS NOT TO DEFEND FOX NEWS . . . NOR TO PICK ON TRUMP:
IT’S ABOUT HONESTY AND COMMON SENSE . . . I’ve read ALL the comments on the COMMENT Page, and in private emails too, and as you probably read as well, there are plenty of PRO-DEBATE comments, along with quite a few CRITICS.
HERE ARE SOME FACTS:
Far too many people are really upset, because they believe the panel of FOX Hosts had it in for Trump, and specifically set him up to fail. NOT TRUE.
Each one of the Candidates was singled-out for things they said, and or did in the past. AS AN EXAMPLE – Scott Walker was asked if he would let a woman DIE before allowing her to have an abortion, since he has said no to abortions under any circumstance.
HOW’S THAT FOR A GOTCHA QUESTION?
BUT EVERYONE HAD A GOTCHA MOMENT . . . it just seems that TRUMP had the Lion’s Share, which might be true, but then again, no other candidate has said so many hard things in their personal or political lives as had Trump. AND TRUMP IS THE LEADER IN THE POLLS by a substantial margin, and the leader is always hit the hardest.
And whether you agree or not with the many things Trump has said in the past, of which there are many, they invited hard questions that DESERVED real answers. The problem with Trump is that he didn’t answer the questions . . . AND THAT WON’T WORK AGAINST A DEMOCRAT.
Besides . . . while both Parties are fighting tooth and nail for the massive FEMALE vote, how well will Trump do in a debate against a Democrat, perhaps even Clinton, who will ask what he meant by calling women PIGS, DOGS and WORSE?
I’m married to a wonderful woman. I have two great sisters. And I have many friends of substance who are women . . . And I, as a proud CONSERVATIVE, will NEVER vote for someone who calls women PIGS AND WORSE.
WHY WAS IT WRONG TO ASK, WHO WON’T STAND WITH THE REPUBLICAN WINNER?
It wasn’t lost on me, that this was the DEBATE FOR THE LEADER OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY – this wasn’t all about Trump, so what does it say when Trump wouldn’t commit to the Party if he doesn’t win the nomination?
IT TELLS ME THAT TRUMP HAD NO BUSINESS BEING THERE:
If Trump can’t support the choice of the PEOPLE of the Republican Party, who are inevitably the ones who will vote for the Leader . . . then why’s he there?
If that was his attitude going-in, he should not have wasted anyone’s time, and he should have formed his own Party or launched as an INDEPENDENT from the GET-GO. That would have been the honest thing to do.
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT . . . I do not support any RINOS, and have little regard for FENCE SITTERS and candidates who lie, and/or/are politically correct.
But I also can’t support a BULLY who uses threats to get his own way.
IN THE LONG RUN THOUGH . . . TRUMP HAS DELIVERED INTEREST AND AN AUDIENCE:
No one would have been nearly as excited to watch this first debate, had it not been for Trump being there. There’s no question whatsoever, that a good part of the 24-MILLION PEOPLE who tuned-in . . . tuned-in mostly because of TRUMP. And that’s nothing short of extraordinary.
But also remember . . . they tuned in mostly to see Trump tell someone that they were FIRED. They came looking for ROAD KILL, and a show that didn’t necessarily have anything to do with real politics and the future of America and the FREE WORLD.
They came to see TRUMP at his best . . . or as it turned out – AT HIS WORST.
AMERICA ALREADY HAS A NARCISSIST AND BULLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE:
Every time Trump was asked a question, he didn’t answer. At one point, Wallace, who I am not fond of, asked Trump to show the proof, which Trump said he had about a Mexican government conspiracy at the US Mexican Border.
Trump’s response was – I have proof . . . and never produced it.
The only other Candidate who refused to really answer a question that he should have answered, which was about abortion, was Walker, which bothered me more than just somewhat, because I like Walker . . . and for me that’s a problem, because NOT answering the question was worse than answering it one-way or the other.
INCLUDING FIORINA . . . there were several great campaign debaters who did really well, and proved their Conservative Credentials, AND THEIR ABILITY TO WIN IN 2016, who will support the Candidate who will win the Primary.
They didn’t demean women. They didn’t make claims they couldn’t substantiate. They didn’t call each other losers and/or whatever other insulting invectives they could think of. And they more or less answered every question with clarity and no BRAGGADOCIO.
AS FOR FOX NEWS AND THEIR DEBATE HOSTS:
In my opinion, they were fabulous, and were a credit to FOX News . . . And because of the 24-MILLION Viewers, FOX News SCORED BIG . . . I MEAN REALLY BIG!
And for all the people smacking down Megyn Kelly . . . would you have preferred that she handed-out marshmallow questions to candidates headed into a STREET FIGHT, where there is no quarter asked and NONE given?
There are plenty more debates to come on all networks, with various formats and hosts, and more hard questions . . . so, before we all pick up the hammers and pickaxes to go to battle because Trump was offended – let’s see who will maintain the momentum and carry the message.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS . . . This isn’t Trump’s Primary. And it’s NOT all about Trump. AND in spite of what Trump thinks . . . HE IS NOT BIGGER THAN THE USA.
IT’S THE NATURAL SELECTION OF POLITICS:
IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS . . . It doesn’t matter what I say, since I’m just one voice, which is a voice without a vote. But I assure you . . . that many more speeches, hard debates, and holding candidates feet to the fire will weed out the weak, eliminate the easily offended, and establish the strong. And hopefully then, the right leader will emerge to save America and the world as we know it.
And I doubt very much if that will be Donald Trump. An adage of an old salesman like me has always been . . . SELL THE SIZZLE NOT THE STEAK. That’s good for buying and selling real-estate, hotels and casinos, but not when it comes to the future of our existence.
And Trump is all about the sizzle.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov