The seventh Republican presidential debate was unwatchable. It was a rerun of all the 2008 and 2012 Republican debates. No spark. No excitement. Just governors acting like they were running for re-election and policy geeks posing as senators. By a show of hands, how many of you believe you can win the White House back with this crew? This debate showed what your party looks like without Donald Trump -- dull and lifeless.
After 20 years, Roger Ailes has finally done the impossible: Bored the hell out of America. Dumping Trump was a dumb move. Maybe Sir Rupert Murdoch ordered it because he wants open borders. Either way, Ailes just ended his career, not by going too far right or left, but by being boring.
From the Washington Post:
His threatened absence from the debate stage is a demonstration of Trump’s perception of his own self-worth, his verifiable status as a ratings-generating gargantuan whose screen persona can translate into millions of advertising dollars. In a sense, it’s an act of subversion by a candidate who has broken all the normal rules of modern campaigns. But it’s also a manifestation of Trump’s philosophy about getting what he wants when he wants it.
“The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have,” Trump wrote in his career-defining and profile-elevating 1987 bestseller, “Trump: The Art of the Deal.” “Leverage is having something the other guy wants.”
Fox, a network that has reigned as a kingmaker in Republican politics, now seems faced with an adversary who is acting as if he’s already the king and doesn’t need it.If Fox News made Republican politics in the last two presidential races, then to hell with it; Republicans lost.
They wanted to deflate Trump. Instead they deflated Fox News. Way to go, fellows.
Ailes had a good run. It's over. Murdoch's kids wait in the wings to succeed Ailes and turn it into MSNBC Lite.
Trump meanwhile just raised $6 million for veterans in Iowa.
The Post story ended:
“I heard people on Fox last night talking about this. ‘Who does he think he is? He can’t control the media,’ ” Limbaugh said on his program Wednesday. “I got news for you: He is controlling the media, and it’s his objective . . . He controls the media when he’s not on it. He controls the media when he is on it. He controls the media when he’s asleep. Nobody else has been able to do anything like this short of the Kennedys, and they’re pikers compared to the way Trump is doing this.”
For the umpteenth time in this strange Republican primary season, Trump has made the race all about one thing: Trump.That's what Obama did eight years ago. That's what every leader does.