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Trumping the Debate

Updated on August 8, 2015

If you watched the big debate on Thursday night you were in good company. Fox set ratings records that night. Why?
Donald Trump.
Everyone was tuning in to hear what he had to say. Everyone was tuning in to see if he scolded anyone, they wanted to see if he could stack up against career politicans and walk away with some credibility.
The latter is a huge task. For anyone who isnt a career politician, no matter how successful in the private sector, to walk away from a politcal debate without tanking is just unthinkable.
Would Fox be enjoying their ratings success without Trump in the mix? Most likely not.
Trump is NOT a politician. That makes him a little more human. That gives him alot of capital with his supporters. He WAS the underdog on Thursday even if he was #1 in the polls. This gave the establishment more reason to take him out and his supporters knew he was out of his element.
Enter Fox News.
They are taking alot of heat for their line of questioning, not just towards Trump but all of the candidates seemed to be defending their record on MSNBC. Fox is supposed to be friendly territory for Republicans, conservative or not!
How dare they do this!...right?...well, there was a reason for the format and once I explain will all make sense.
This is a new age for people who are conservative and who lean to the right. Fox news has grown into a ratings behemoth because the majority of Americans identify with their viewpoints. They genuinely care about the candidates on their side.
They know that the person who wins the Republican nomination will not be on friendly ground when they face off against the Democratic nominee because those debates are on one of the three State controlled networks.
It's better to vet the candidates on friendly ground JUST as NBC, ABC or CBS would in order to weed out the ones who would fail miserably in such a vicious format..and make no mistake about it...any debate for a Republican on ABC, NBC or CBS is going to be VICIOUS for the Republican.
Fox is hoping to weed out the ones who are fallible to the unfair and "drive by" questions from one the 3 liberal networks. It's best to grill them hard now...just like they will be when the entire naiton is watching.
Doing a sweetheart debate will do nobody any favors. Eventually, Fox will be out of the equation and these candidates will be facing the same or WORSE questioning by the oppostion. Yes, its unfair but that is what our State Run media does. They format debate questions with every intention of sinking the Republican while offering cherry picked "Feel Good" questions to the Democrat.
This is what Fox is trying to prevent. An outright SLAUGHTER of our candidate. I understand it, even if Limbaugh and Hannity doesn't.
It wasn't pretty but it will better prepare our guy, ...whoever it is...for what lies ahead.
Trump was on the receiving end of the tougher, ...unfair questions. The network is taking a HUGE beating from his supporters. This was probably expected by the network but the reason he got the tougher "gotcha" type questions is because he is leading the polls. He has the biggest chance of being the guy on the receiving end of a "gotcha" by the likes of Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric or George Stephanopolis.
They had to test him. He is leading! If you look back at who got the most raw was in order of rank in the polls.
Trumps antics on Twitter after the debate was humorous. I laughed but had to ask myself how long can he continue this type of rhetoric and still be viable.
If the echos of his supporters is any indication, he can probably say what he wants.
I think the majority of the silent majority is so FED UP with political correctness that he will get a free pass for being Donald Trump and anyone who is caught pulling a cheap shot on him will be villified.
Its interesting to say the least.
For every action is an equal reaction. The far left has been pushing and enacting its agenda on the majority for so long, the natural reaction is to stand behind out nuclear option..and for now....its Donald Trump.


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      Brad Masters 

      10 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD


      Thanks for the reply on my comment.

    • TheWingless profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago

      Given what's transpired in the last year, I would have to say your words have been vindicated.

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      Brad Masters 

      3 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      The problem with elections in the US, especially the presidential election is the social media, and the News. News ends when the events are described, and mind control begins with the opinions of the media, and the pundits deluge us with their wit, usually only half of it.

      The average person in the US is addicted to the News, which in truth is not news, but opinions on the news. The majority of people reside in human herds shepherded by various groups, and the media is one of the most powerful, along with the two political parties.

      The herd effect prevents individuals from having to form independent opinions. A loyal party voter is a perfect example of it.

      Until the two political parties can blend into some shade of purple, it really doesn't matter who wins the elections. The ineffectiveness of congress will continue to fuel the decline of this once most powerful country.

      This is not your founders country any more, and that is not a good thing. The country has morphed into some strange version that has a political party at one end, and the other political party at the other end. Both parties want to go in their direction, and this has been the case for at least the last one hundred years.

      The voters, especially the loyal party voters are mere pawns being put into the service of their party. But instead of working for the good of the country, they only work for the good of the party. And as we have seen over the last one hundred years, the parties have done way more bad, than good.


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