That is what Anderson Cooper intends to do as the moderator of the CNN Democrats Debate Tuesday night. Yep, Anderson doesn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable or anything by pressing them too much or asking them, presumably, any real questions.
At least that is what he is clearly telegraphing to the five contenders who will be present, if you ask me. But hey, don’t take my word for it. From BizPacReview:
[…] Moderator and CNN host Anderson Cooper said in a Sunday interview, “Going into the Republican debates, you pretty much knew there were a number of candidates who were willing to [attack each other].” He added, “That’s not the case, so far as we’ve seen, on the Democratic side.”
“I’m always uncomfortable with that notion of setting people up in order to kind of promote some sort of a face off,” Cooper continued, contradicting the entire format of the Republican debate CNN hosted.
CNN’s Jake Tapper seemed very comfortable getting the GOP candidates to face off against each other.
“Look, these are all serious people,” explained Cooper. “This is a serious debate. They want to talk about the issues and I want to give them an opportunity to do that.”
Ah, I see. The DEMOCRATS are “all serious people,” as opposed to those clowns the Republicans, I gather. That Bernie Sanders who, I am sorry, is a whackadoodle, and it speaks VOLUMES about Democrats that so many are turning up to see him, is considered “serious” when for instance, Governors Bush, Jindal, Christie, or Senators Cruz and Rubio, are NOT “serious” highlights the tremendous bias of CNN. If I were Republicans, I would never allow CNN to air another debate. Ever.
Twitter followers were not buying what Cooper was saying, either, as the BPR article noted:
[…] Brian Lathe
My prediction on the DEMOCRAT debate… Anderson Cooper will mostly lob softball questions at Sec. Hillary… http://fb.me/3V5nEA1HE
@CNN @HillaryClinton @BernieSanders @SherylCrow @andersoncooper Will still have lousy ratings in attempt to distract from issues vs debate
1:35 AM – 13 Oct 2015
BBC News (World) ✔ @BBCWorld
No more naked women in @Playboy magazine http://bbc.in/1K5uKCR pic.twitter.com/DsGbwkNl2y
@BBCWorld @Playboy it will be more interesting the CNN debate tomorrow. Hillary what is your favorite food? Ask Anderson Cooper. Riveting
[…] (Click here to read more responses.)
Must be nice to be “serious” Democrats who are not plagued by real questions or asked about actual differences.
That said, there is one serious candidate on that stage based on experience, and that would be Sen. Jim Webb. How it is that someone who is a highly decorated war hero, a man who served as the Secretary of the Navy, as well as other positions and a US Senator, is in the back of the pack. Meanwhile, the hordes are clamoring for gaffe-prone Joe Biden to enter the race. Wow. Talk about having to take a backseat to someone less “serious,” and I would add, capable. But that’s just me.
Someone else told to take a “backseat,” or rather, NO seat, was Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Gabbard, also a decorated veteran. Oh, and she is a DNC vice chair. She claims she was dis-invited to attend the big (cough, cough) debate because she asked for more debates. Oh, the NERVE, huh? But Gabbard didn’t stop there. From The Hill:
[…] “When I first came to Washington, one of the things that I was disappointed about was there’s a lot of immaturity and petty gamesmanship that goes on, and it kind of reminds me of how high school teenagers act,” Gabbard told The New York Times.
“It’s very dangerous when we have people in positions of leadership who use their power to try to quiet those who disagree with them,” Gabbard said. “When I signed up to be vice chair of the D.N.C., no one told me I would be relinquishing my freedom of speech and checking it at the door.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
In full disclosure, the DNC claims they didn’t uninvite her, but Gabbard is sticking to her story. My bias is clear in this case: I believe Gabbard over the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz led DNC. But that’s just me.
If you intend to watch the debate, bless your heart. Um, I mean, there are five things to look for, according to The Hill. Here are a couple:
[…] Does Clinton go for the Bern?
Clinton and Sanders have dominated the Democratic contest so far and will be the main protagonists in Las Vegas.
Sanders has shocked much of the political world by emerging as a real rival to Clinton, but Tuesday’s debate will be the first time the two former Senate colleagues will meet on stage.
Don’t expect a ton of fireworks, observers say.
How much will Clinton’s emails come up?
Clinton’s campaign has struggled for much of the year as it has dealt with the controversy surrounding the candidate’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.
Republicans have hammered Clinton over the issue, but her Democratic rivals could face some risks in bringing it up — particularly in front of a partisan crowd.
Sanders appears unlikely to raise the topic given his pledges to abjure personal attacks. But former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who is looking for ways to stand out, could take a different tack. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Well, there WON’T be any fireworks, if Anderson has anything to say about it.
No wonder they need Sheryl Crow to perform first. Wow.
Personally, I think Peter Johnson, Jr. has it down with his Roulette wheel (Click here to watch the video).
Personally, I intend to watch my usual Tuesday night lineup, but for those of you brave sould who decide to watch the Debate, feel free to share your observations here.
This is an Open Thread.