Date Line, Middle America, October, 28, 2015. John and his wife Mary are just finishing up the dinner dishes as the Republican candidates debate begins. Mary, whose only political experience (or interest) was her brief involvement with the local P.T.A (formerly known as the Parents and Teachers Association, made famous, if you recall by Jeannie C. Riley’s song (The day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley P.T.A.). About 15 minutes into the debate, Mary queried, “Who are those men on either side of Hillary?” “That’s not Hillary dear,” John replied, “That’s Becky Quick, a reporter for CNBC.” “Who are those guys with her,” she asked. “That is Carl Quintanilla and John Harwood; both work for CNBC. Why do you ask dear?” Without hesitation Mary remarked, “Well, the questions they are asking are kinda goofy and mean-spirited. I guess I just assumed it was Hillary and a couple of her cronies.”
Mary was mistaken as to Hillary’s identity but spot on about the petty and biased questions asked by a panel of moderators who appeared to be clackers on retainer for the Democrat party. It was rather, well, discomfiting, creepy actually, to watch John Harwood argue with the candidates and hell-bent on having the last word and uttering faint snarky comments before moving on to the next question. Here are but a sampling of the questions presented by this trio of mainstream media groupies, “Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?” and this gem from John Harwood to Donald Trump, “Let’s be honest. Is this a comic book version of a presidential candidate?”
I found my self literally screaming at the boob tube, then, finally at the moment I was about to toss my fondue bowl at the screen, the panel of candidates discovered their hereinbefore abandoned cajones and stood their ground, beginning with Marco Rubio, who accused the mainstream media of being a Super Pac for the Democrats. Gov. Christie chimed in with a stinging criticism of the partisan panel of moderators, lamenting the fact that while the U.S. is 19 trillion dollars in debt, the moderators wanted to know all about the regulation of fantasy football.
The elite of CNN, CNBC, PBS, etc., have always considered us middle-class Americans to be unwashed masses who need the left-wing media moguls to craft political agendas that they think are politically correct. Amazingly, moreover, unbelievably, the paternalistic zeitgeist of the left has been extant in politics for years and is pretty much an outgrowth of years of limited information outlets, i.e., no cable, only NBC, CBS, and ABC. Finally, as evidenced by the Lex Talionis delivered from the Right during the latest Republican debate, there was a thundering and resounding, “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.” The Democrats and their media shills are teetering on the edge of becoming fey and I hope we can keep it that way. Any eerie sounds you may have heard after the debate was not that of Halloween trick or treaters, but the mournful howling of such (deceased) liberal souls as Walter Cronkite, Molly Ivins, Franklin D. Roosevelt, JFK, et al.
James Studdard is an attorney and an occasional columnist for this publication and others. Any comments may be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org