by Lars Larson
A few thoughts on the Trump debate question as the dust settles. I’ve never been shy about my admiration for Trump for forcing the GOP to seriously discuss important issues the Establishment wants buried. But I never held back my opposition for a Presidential candidate who says
1) I want the GOP nomination
2) I might run against the GOP nominee if it’s not ME!
3) I think Hillary is so bad she “should be in jail
4) If you don’t give The Donald the Nom, I’ll put Hillary in the White House.
Americans need to remember that every candidate, no matter how much we like them, is an imperfect human being made in God’s image.
Now, as to the criticism of the debate questions.
As conservatives, we want HARD questions asked of D candidates and we should want the same of our own candidates.
GOOD candidates for the most important and powerful office in the world should be able to think on their feet and answer any question.
Most of us C’s think BHO is a childish wimp for being thin skinned about any criticism, no matter how valid or invalid.
Trump showed that same trait Thursday night.
As for the suggestion that a debate should just be a series of the same straight questions posed to all candidates (i.e. “How would you address the issue of illegal aliens”) – it would not be a debate but a series of tiny speeches we can hear in any of the speeches candidates give by the dozen.
Do we really want to adopt the Familiar Democrat Party stance that hard questions are fine, as long as you’re not asking them of MY candidate?
Some say the questions are too “personal”. Ridiculous. If you learned that one of the candidates had obtained an abortion for his daughter or wife (none have that I know), would it be off limits to ask how that squares up with the candidate’s pro-life position?
When it comes time to ask questions of Hillary and Bernie and Martin and Jim – will you criticize CNN if they ask (by the way, I don’t expect any such questions from Chicken Noodle News):
1) Mrs. Clinton, on the night you learned your people were under fire in Benghazi, did you demand of the President that he send anyone nearby with a gun (we now know there were people in just such a position who were ordered to stand down at the CIA annex) be sent immediately?
2) Did the President refuse?
3) Did you demand to know why?
4) If you had to do it over again… (the kind of question CNN peppered Bush with literally for year in re Iraq).
5) Did you consider resigning as SOS?
6) How does your inaction square with your “3AM phone call TV commercial”?
The questions are deeply personal as well as hugely important as a test of whether Hillary would put politics or people first as CIC.
NO similar question may be asked of Senator Sanders or Gov. O’Malley (although I would ask same of “12 gauge” Joe Biden if he runs.
Does that make the question off limits?
I hope not.
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