I Had Little Choice

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Memo to everyone involved in the GOP debates: YOU ARE DUMB.

I don't necessarily WANT to talk about the Republican hissy-fit over the CNBC debate, but everyone involved is leaving me very little choice, filling the weekend with their incredible stupidity. Since stupidity has its own gravity, the larger the wad of stupidity, the more I am inexorably drawn towards it.

So, a quick recap. Last week, CNBC, the financial news network whose correspondent Rick Santelli is credited for starting the Tea Party with an insane pseudo-populist rant in 2009, held a debate or two for the squirming mass of Republicans seeking the presidency. The debate did not go well due to incompetence from virtually everyone involved, which of course means it's a liberal media conspiracy to make Republicans look bad.

Reince Priebus has claimed that CNBC "betrayed" the Republicans, and has apparently suspended their partnership with all of NBC for future debates, which is apparently a thing they can do. You would think that this move would raise serious questions about the symbiotic relationship between politicians and the media, questions that would lead to a debate system where participation by the candidates wasn't somehow conditional on the media being nice to them and not asking them about their decade-long relationship with a fake magical Alzheimers slash cancer "cure".

But we don't live in that world. We live in a world where Ted Cruz can say something like this about debate moderators like financial nutjob Jim Cramer and Tea Party sperm donor Rick Santelli and somehow still be taken seriously. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"What you wouldn’t have is a bunch of left-wing operatives whose object is that whoever the Republican nominee is, they want him as battered and bruised as possible so the Democrat wins in November," - Cruz, who suggested instead that all debate moderators be conservative Republicans who ask question to make sure the conservative Republicans can show how conservative they are.

Republicans are often fond of the construction "If that Democrat can't handle X, how are they going to handle ISIL / Al Qaeda / Putin / Whatever boogeyman is popular right now?" It would be churlish of me to suggest that if two Voltrons worth of GOP candidates can't handle Rick Fucking Santelli, that perhaps they should be involved in a less demanding line of work. But I can't actually think of a less demanding line of work than GOP presidential primary candidate.

Anyway, I'm sure after this latest incident, the media will bend even farther to the right in the hopes that nobody will say they're leaning to the left, and then people will say they're leaning to the left because they dare question, say, Mike Huckabee's support for indentured servitude. It's the circle of something.