Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Politico says that Jeb Bush's people were unhappy with the way CNBC handled tonight's debate:
Jeb Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz got into a heated confrontation with a CNBC producer outside the debate as it was happening, according to two sources familiar with the incident.

One of the sources said Diaz was complaining about speaking time allotments.

“It’s a poorly managed debate,” said a Bush campaign staffer.
Jeb was the guy on stage. He was face-to-face with the moderators. Why didn't he say anything about this himself if he and the rest of Team Jeb were so steamed? Nothing plays better with GOP voters than an attack on the media, as other candidates recognized:
Attack on Media for Bias Big Theme at CNBC Republican Debate

“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Sen. Ted Cruz said in answer to question about his opposition to the 2-year budget and fiscal cliff deal advancing in Congress.

“This is not a cage match. 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?’ Cruz said

“How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?"; crowd erupted in applause

Rubio issued several attacks on media, including: "The Democrats have the ultimate Super PAC: it’s called the mainstream media"

Referring to editorial in his homestate of Fla suggesting he resign from Senate, given key votes he has missed, Rubio said: ‘‘This is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and the conservative movement”
If Jeb had a complaint, he should have voiced it on the air. He should have mingled it with a broader attack on the moderators and the media in general. GOP voters eat that kind of thing up.

But no. Jeb has people to do the complaining for him. He's not going to get into it with the moderators. He's not going to scrap. He's above that sort of thing.

And that's why he's losing so badly.


mlbxxxxxx said...

Bush sure didn't do himself any favors tonight. That was about as lackluster a performance as any I've seen.

Aunt Snow said...

It wasn't mainstream media, it was CNBC, conservative media. Look at the panel.

These fuckers campaign with nonsense, tweet nonsense all the time, and then cry foul when the questions they get are consistent with their own dumbed-down campaign.

Steve M. said...

CNBC is conservative media? I get that (Cramer, Santelli), but the right doesn't. Read this, from the Federalist.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Attacking the media is a well-worn and timeless right-wing strategy. And it works because the so-called liberal media bends over backwards to show how not liberal they are by constantly invoking Both Side Do It! and repeating the Some say... lies which bubble upwards from the right-wing internet fart bubble.