Wednesday night brings another Republican Debate and another opportunity for Republican candidates to shine. Well, if the CNBC Moderator allows it, that is.
Turns out the moderator, John Harwood, is blatantly partisan, and NOT fro Republicans. I know, I know – that isn’t exactly a newsflash, but according to Mollie Hemingway, Harwood “has no business moderating a GOP Presidential debate.” Hemingway notes that Reince Priebus proclaimed how the debates were going to be different this time around with moderators who were not Candy Crowley-types. But then, not so much, as The Federalist highlights:
[…] So permit me to ask the obvious questions: Why in the world is liberal journalist John Harwood moderating Wednesday’s Republican debate? And where the heck is his conservative media partner?
Wednesday night’s debate will be hosted by CNBC at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. It will be moderated by Harwood along with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick and is supposed to focus on economic issues, though previous CNBC debates have strayed far from that topic.
Harwood frequently angers conservatives for his partisan takes on the news. I mostly laugh off his predictably liberal views because I don’t take him that seriously. But that only leads us back to figuring out why he’s moderating this Wednesday’s debate. Let’s just look at a few examples of how he covers news.
These Headlines Tell You Most of What You Need to Know
Harwood works for both CNBC and The New York Times. You can get something of a feel for his predictable but conventional liberal takes from the headlines of just his most recent pieces:
On the Economy, Republicans Have a Data Problem
Tax Plans of G.O.P. Favor the Rich Despite Populist Talk
Timing Gives Sanders a Lift in His Quest
Republicans Vow to Erase Obama’s Record, but Such Promises Are Rarely Kept
Outsiders Stir Politics, but Often Fail to Win or Govern Well
Angry Bent of Party Let Trump Rise
Bernie Sanders: A Revolution With an Eye on the Hungry Children […] (Click here to read the rest.)
But that ain’t even the half of it. Harwood is also mighty nice to Queen Clinton, attacks those who have issues with Obama’s policies as – you guessed it, RACIST – and much more, as Hemingway points out. Yet THIS is the man Reince Priebus okayed moderating the debate tongiht. Heckuva job there, Reince. Should be interesting to see how Harwood’s clear bias plays out during the debate tonight. Oh, wait – I meant, should be INFURIATING, but I would be happy to be proven wrong…
Speaking of the Republican debate on CNBC, Republican Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina had a good piece in the WSJ about Clinton’s claims on the economy. Suffice it to say, Clinton flunked. From the WSJ (h/t Facebook friend):
[…] We’ve had more than six years to watch the left’s prescriptions in action and the verdict is in: They don’t work. Under President Obama, the economy has been hobbled. The 73,000-page tax code is too complex to navigate without an army of accountants. The administration has added $7 trillion in new federal debt, and has doubled down on environmental regulations that crush business owners and farmers while raising energy prices.
And yet Hillary Clinton said on Oct. 13 in the first Democratic presidential debate, “The economy does better when you have a Democrat in the White House,” and she offers variations on that line when campaigning.
Whose economy is she talking about? The middle class has shrunk under the Obama administration. According to government figures and industry analyses, median-income households have lost nearly $1,300 after inflation, while the prices of food, health care and college tuition have risen almost twice as fast as inflation.
Those struggling to find work are increasingly out of luck: Labor-force participation for working-age Americans has fallen to 62.4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a level last seen in the Jimmy Carter-era recession. Millions have given up looking for work, and millions have fallen into poverty as a result. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Fiorina continues to illustrate just how wrong Clinton is in her assertion that the nation does better economically under Democrats. Talk about not just being out of touch with most Americans, but downright delusional. I agree with Fiorina: Hillary Clinton flunks big time on Economics.
Economics isn’t the only issue on which Clinton flunks. Her truthfulness, even under oath, is sorely lacking too. Of course, she is aided and abetted by the media, as Branco demonstrates in the following found at Legal Insurrection:
That about says it all, doesn’t it?
And that reminds me of the recent Benghazi hearing. Intrepid investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, notes there are more issues that have not been addressed, including a major one:
Uh, yeah – these people are paid for with OUR money, yet they are keeping this information from us. Shocking, not. I sure would like to know where the President was, too. It is far past time we had the answer to that question. Good for Attkisson for continuing to shine a bright light on this important issue.
And speaking of shining a light, time for some more photos from my most excellent Montana adventure. Today, we will be “Going to the Sun Road.” We were so, so fortunate we were able to see it when we did. We had planned on going later on in the week, but ended up going the day after we got into Montana, Sunday. Why? They were closing down the road up to Logan Pass on Monday. Thank heavens for a chance encounter with a couple of cyclists at the Hungry Horse Dam who informed us of that fact. Whew – it would have been a crying shame to have missed the sheer majesty and grandeur of these mountains and glaciers on the architectural marvel that is the road built back in the 1930’s:
Aren’t these glaciers incredible? Here is another:
This was taken at Logan pass, where the road ended at this time of year (Suzy took this one):
The view from Logan Pass:
Talk about Heaven, this is Heaven’s Peak:
It had been overcast often during the drive, but here, the sun breaks through:
After we had come back down from reaching over 6,000 feet, the sun was setting as we passed Lake McDonald:
That’s it for me. Will you be watching the debate tonight? Have other things on your minds? This is an Open Thread.