As you may know, there has been some not-too-implausible conspiracy-theorizing to the effect that the Democratic National Committee and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz have deliberately limited the number of primary-season presidential debates to six – and scheduled some of them on Saturday nights, when viewership presumably will be lowest – in order to prevent Sanders (and O’Malley) from getting too much exposure.
Once Bernie loses tonight, hopefully his delusional supporters will shut up about the debate conspiracy theories. There won’t be any need for debates in March, much less April or May. Bernie will be well out of the race by then and hopefully won’t hang around like an annoying gadfly such as Jerry Brown, Dennis Kucinch, or Al Sharpton.
AIUI, Hillary wanted another debate. Bernie replied that he wanted three or four more debates and that they had to be held at a time when more people were available to watch. Now the DNC is finally getting involved and more Democrat debates will actually take place.
I guess the candidates are following Trump’s lead and telling the party, and the media outlets, where, when, and how they want the debates handled. Good for them. If these candidates want to lead the country, they best start by standing up to the all-important-news-creating media and the political cronies running the party.
That’s interesting. I wonder what brought this on. I wonder if Hillary was afraid that she was going to lose in Iowa. If she was truly confidant, there’d be no point in her doing more debates with a defeated rival. But she might have worried that she would need a chance to change the conversation.
I assume you can think of several incidents of where a news outlet incorrectly reported the facts, or spun a story to hurt or help a candidate.
In Bernie’s case, his party decided that the debates should be held on days when fewer people would be watching. The claim is that debating before fewer viewer could possibly help Hillary and hurt Bernie. Bernie demanded that the added debates be held on days when there could be more viewers. Bernie’s choice.
The news outlets should not be creating the news when they decide which candidate gets more air time or which candidate quotes are taken out of context. The media outlets should be “reporting” the news, not “filtering” it to help their particular choice of candidate.
Trump demanded, and received, concession from media outlets. Bernie is now demanding concession from the Democrat party and media outlets. Trump proved it’s possible. Bernie is taking advantage of the new status quo.
Bernie showing himself to be a pathetic weasel over the scheduling of future debates. Sanders will only agree to this Thursday’s debate if ‘certain conditions’ are met. Supposedly one of those conditions is that Sanders wants a debate in New York City. Since Bernie is a one trick pony, he’s obviously wants a NYC debate so he can do his usual whining about Wall Street and big banks, along with the attempt to link Hillary to Wall Street.
Hillary should take a page out of Bill’s 1992 campaign when George H.W. Bush tried to put conditions on debates: Have a supporter show up to Bernie’s rallies dressed as a chicken and taunt Bernie.
What’s unreasonable about wanting one of the debates to be in the biggest city in the country? And why can’t Sanders whine about Wall Street in other cities, like he’s been doing for his entire career?
My prediction was correct, Bernie did LOSE the Iowa caucuses. No matter what conspiracy theories his supporters post about coin flips, Microsoft, or just sour grapes in general. Hillary won, Bernie lost, and it will be a downward spiral for Bernie after New Hampshire.
Actually, my original prediction for Iowa was that the results would be similar to the last Des Moines Register poll and that Hillary would win by a couple of points. I would have loved to see a Hillary landslide, but that wasn’t realistic to expect. Sanders will be competitive in New Hampshire, which is very white and also next door to Vermont. However, the rest of February is being fought on much less friendly ground for Sanders. A couple of landslide wins for Hillary in South Carolina and Nevada followed by Super Tuesday will end Sanders as a viable candidate. His die hard supporters will continue to whine about media coverage and play the poor little me card.But, the shiny penny won’t be new and he will lose much of his support.
So, I don’t think there will be a need for March debates.