WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2015 – First, let’s get over the idea that we watched a “debate.” What we had was a very limited press conference. We heard things; we may have learned about the candidates; but we did not watch a debate. “Debate” was bait; FOX News did not deliver a debate, no matter what they called it.
And Democrat critics loved saying, “But there was no ‘message’ on debate night!”
That’s the idea: that’s why different Republicans were on the stage; the Republican party fosters different ideas; it’s not monolithic. Though that may seem confusing (especially to those who can’t hold more than one thought at a time), the election is 15 months away, not tomorrow. There is plenty of time between now and then to discuss many views.
Unless, of course, your mind is made up and will never entertain or examine a new thought.
Did anyone get a “Republican view” out of this show? Of course not; that’s because Republicans are allowed to have (and do have) differing views. Call it a lack of party leadership, or call it a desperate search for meaning. Or call it a look at how a free society works out its problems. Really, how far has this country come under the present “leadership” of either party?
Did the stage yield a coherent message? Aside from an obvious position against Hillary Clinton, nope; and it shouldn’t, until maybe a year from now. Thanks, guys, for the opportunity to continue thinking, looking at policies and problems from different perspectives; and for the time to examine and discuss them.
Or you can keep to a monolithic party line, ridicule anyone who disagrees, and keep your eyes, ears and mind closed.
Your choice — but only if you’re unwilling to learn. Which, of course, is OK if you already know everything.