Kevin Fobbs
Did CNBC debate debacle unify GOP presidential candidate panel?
By Kevin Fobbs
November 2, 2015

Instead of discussing trade policies the CNBC debate moderators came prepared to have the GOP presidential candidates trade jabs and potential knockout punches. This had to be the most ineptly created democrat talking points debate panel ever, and the Boulder, Colorado audience and the nation were able to see it. According to USA Today, CNBC moderator Carl Quintanilla's first question exemplified this by asking, the candidates to disclose their biggest weakness.

Even the most partisan democrat could see that this question was lifted right from the Hillary Clinton and DNC playbook. Let's be real, this was not a pocketbook question that the debate was supposed to focus on but was rather a very transparent and amateurish political gotcha question. Quintanilla might as well have been wearing an "I'm with Hillary" political button.

It truly did not get much better from there. Take for instance the fumbling and ego driven moderator John Harwood who asked Donald Trump if he considered himself a comic book candidate. Trump snapped back how he felt the question was not just unfair but ill placed for a debate question.

The clueless collection of panelists seemed determined to run the clock out on the candidates and give each of them red meat to use against the others. Unfortunately, for them Ted Cruz, the lone Texan on the panel decided that he and the panelists had, had enough of the pointless infantile actions of the three liberal stooges.

With the cool and firm precision of a prosecutor with a purpose Cruz flayed the three democrat political marksman posing as unbiased questioners. He stressed, "This is not a cage match," and then stated "And you look at the questions – Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don't you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues," reported USA Today.

The audience in the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder was completely electrified with excitement as they launched into rounds of approving applause. The moderators had been turned on their heels and the GOP presidential candidates on stage seemed to begin to bond as a unit to take control of a process that the liberal commentators had lost control of. Social media went crazy with approval as well and Cruz's political moment received a huge boost.

The majority of Americans never have to witness or endure the onslaught of unfair and often political poison laced attacks which liberal reporters and their office based editors direct them to engage in. In most cases it is the mainstream media that is always pointing out the GOP is acting like political cry babies and cannot take the heat.

Well, last night the heat was turned on the liberal CNBC liberal panelists and their clear bias was exposed. They were clearly the messenger for the democrats and each of the moderators seemed to trip over their own statements and questions as if they had forgotten the political plays that they had received in the DNC huddle.

The majority of Americans only witness the one-sided unfairly constructed editorializing liberal reporters whose only goal is to personalize their own take on the GOP candidate's behavior and comments and not on their detailed plans or policies.

Yet, on October 28th in the liberal capitol of Colorado, the mainstream media and CNBC had its potential Waterloo moment. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Chris Christie put the CNBC panelists on notice that they were not going to let the journalist posers get away with being the democrat's attack dogs at their expense.

Perhaps the silent majority of Americans will wake up and demand that moderators ask tough questions in a professional manner, and not political gotcha questions planted by partisan political operatives. Or better yet, perhaps the next time, the GOP presidential candidates will simply exit stage right off the stage. Now wouldn't that be a statement!

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Kevin Fobbs is founder and president of a policy organization called National Urban Policy Action Council (NuPac), that supports conservative colorblind solutions to universal issues and domestic policies that impact urban America... (more)


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