FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015
Halloween post on the morrow: We're off on a mission of national import, engineered by Amtrak and the Great Pumpkin.
Our very special, award-winning Halloween post will appear tomorrow.
In the meantime, Wednesday's GOP debate has produced an intriguing moment. The basic question is this:
Which pundits are blind to a basic fact? Which pundits can't see, or can't bring themselves to say, that the CNBC moderators performed rather poorly?
Last night. Rachel Maddow couldn't see this obvious fact, joining many pundits at the new Salon. In certain circles, the thinking may go like this:
If the GOP complained about the moderators, then the moderators must have been good! This is primitive tribal thinking, the kind that leads to defeat.
In the next week, we hope to go into more detail about the way that debate was run. For ourselves, we think Candidate Cruz was basically right in his attack on the first round of questions.
Those silly, childish opening questions produced exactly zero public knowledge and were a gift to the GOP. Of course, people who want the discourse to be silly/childish possibly won't see that.
More on that topic to come. Tomorrow, our award-winning Halloween post! Action at a distance!
Taking a slightly different tack: In this morning's Washington Post, Catherine Rampell takes a slightly different approach to the questions which have arisen from the CNBC debate.
Rather plainly, the fiery pundit needs to wash her mouth out with soap. Regarding her substantive claims, we'd say she's right in her overall claims, wrong in some ways about what occurred in this week's debate.