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At last – the final 2015 GOP debate

December 14, 2015

Ahead of the next GOP debate, it seems that the same-ol’ same-ol’ desire for a one-on-one Trump vs. the challenger-of-the-moment fight night is still driving the media’s election coverage.

Frankly my dears, who gives a damn?

It is past time for this to be about the entertainment value/market share of the debates.

Since the goofy  60/30-second debate formats don’t lend themselves to in-depth discussion of any issue, it is becoming harder and harder to watch these award shows.

Of somewhat more value are the interviews that some candidates are engaging in on the various news outlets.

As Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio have gained in the polls, it is of course obligatory that the networks get Donald Trump’s reaction, if for no other reason than to keep viewers interested in their news programs.

To that end, Fox News’ Chris Wallace  had Trump on his Sunday broadcast, where he provided the usual sound bites and Twitter-worthy taglines.

What he didn’t provide was any sense that he had something serious to offer in the way of policy positions.

When pressed by Mr. Wallace, Trump fell back on his campaign slogan, observations on the character of his newest challenger and his ever-present “I don’t want to say what I would do about (fill in the blank) because I want to be unpredictable.”

Add to that Trump’s annoying habit of never being able to finish a complete sentence without branching off onto something unrelated to the question, and that script is becoming a bit shop-worn.

To be fair, maybe the guy does have some substance under the fluff.  He’s certainly not a stupid man, and on rare occasions he actually does seem to have put some thought into an real plan, rather than just repeating a bullet list of undeveloped talking points.

Still, on camera you get the impression that he is winging it or that he is just bored with all the detail required to give a coherent answer to a question. It’s either that, or he thinks that voters are too dense to grasp the finer points of his positions.

Let’s see, didn’t a guy named Gruber have that approach as well?

December 2, 2015 may have changed the presidential race. Americans went from being spectators to a French tragedy to understanding that we really do have to deal with jihad-inspired terrorists here at home.

Against that backdrop,  when Marco Rubio is running an ad that states flatly that we don’t have any choice left about whether we want to win this war or just hand the country over to the terrorists, whether or not Ted Cruz is going to have a snappy comeback to Trump’s latest buzzword attack becomes somehow a lot less relevant.

On Tuesday, some of us will (A) suffer through another “debate”, (B) some will just wait until the show hosts and pollsters tell us what moments got the most audience reaction, and (C) most of us will probably watch the winter finale of our favorite shows and have a beer.

Any bets on the audience split on that scenario?

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