Should Republican Candidates Boycott Debate?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AAAintheBeltway, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. We know the Democrat candidates refuse to appear on Fox News. It is obviously part of the strategy of the loony left that runs that party to deny legitimacy to anyone not spouting the socialist line. The recent attacks on Rush Limbaugh follow this script. By twisting his comments and shamelessly lying about them, democrats also hope to lay the foundation for reintroduction of the mis-named "fairness doctrine", under which conservative talk radio will be a thing of the past.

    Now, on the eve of yet another debate, this time moderated by far left nutcase Chris Matthews, we get an insight into his thinking and his liberal bias. Not that liberal bias from Matthews or MSNBC, home of nutcase hatemonger Keith Olbermann, is a revelation, but why can't the Republican candidates show some spine and fight fire with fire? Call MSNBC out for bias and refuse to appear?

    I know this will fall on deaf ears. Republican politicians seem to have a genetic defect that causes them to wilt or go silent in front of liberal demogoguery. They will all line up and toady up for Matthews, treating him with the respect that a honest journalist should receive.


    Matthews says Bush administration has "finally been caught in their criminality"
    October 4, 8:04 PM

    Playing Hardball with the Prez

    "Hardball" host Chris Matthews addresses attendees at Thursday night's ten-year anniversary of "Hardball," which took place at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C.

    Chris Matthews had barely finished praising his colleagues at the 10th anniversary party for his “Hardball” show Thursday night in Washington, D.C. when his remarks turned political and pointed, even suggesting that the Bush administration had "finally been caught in their criminality."

    In front of an audience that included such notables as Alan Greenspan, Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, Matthews began his remarks by declaring that he wanted to "make some news" and he certainly didn't disappoint. After praising the drafters of the First Amendment for allowing him to make a living, he outlined what he said was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.

    The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

    “Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials -- especially those from Vice President Cheney's office -- called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content. "They will not silence me!" Matthews declared.

    "They've finally been caught in their criminality," Matthews continued, although he did not specify the exact criminal behavior to which he referred. He then drew an obvious Bush-Nixon parallel by saying, “Spiro Agnew was not an American hero."

    Matthews left the throng of Washington A-listers with a parting shot at Cheney: “God help us if we had Cheney during the Cuban missile crisis. We’d all be under a parking lot.”

    Following his remarks, a few network insiders and party goers wondered what kind of effect Matthews' sharp criticism of the White House would have on Tuesday's Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan, which Matthews co-moderates alongside CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

    "I find it hard to believe that Republican candidates will feel as if they're being given a fair shot at Tuesday's debate given the partisan pot-shots lobbed by Matthews this evening," said one attendee.

    When reached, the White House declined to comment and NBC refused requests to release video of the event. The event included such NBC/MSNBC brass as NBC Senior Vice President Phil Griffin (the former "Hardball" executive producer called "Hardball" the "best show on cable television"), "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, "Today" show executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News Specials Executive Producer Phil Alongi, "Meet the Press" Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC Vice President Tammy Haddad, "Hardball" correspondent David Shuster and Vice President for MSNBC Prime-Time Programming Bill Wolff.

    On a side note: Matthews was overheard discussing his Tuesday appearance on "The Daily Show," which featured a heated exchange with host Jon Stewart. According to one source, Matthews was steadfast in his belief that the debate left Stewart crestfallen, and Matthews victorious.
  2. Lotsa truth in your opinion.

    IMO though, they should show up. Some day the masses will realize what a bunch of power hungry shysters the Dems are.

    Unfortunately, this'll probably never happen in our lifetime.
  3. If the dems and the left are so evil, maybe we should just go with a 1-party system?

    How come there are no new parties? Oh, even billionaire ross perot could not crack the system. So much for the myth taught in school that anyone can be president.

    Is that what you are suggesting? Surely the evilness and folly of the dems will catch up to them, and people won't be fooled?

    Bush is not power hungry. All the changes he made to rights, geneva convention, spying laws are for our own good. He is kind, godly, and has no corporate interests?
  4. Making a big issue of Matthews would do three things. One, it would be a way of showing some gratitude to Fox News. Two, it would show the republican base that they actually do have some balls and are not going to tolerate his crap. Three, it would be a way of fighting fire with fire, on issues such as the slime attack on Limbaugh, and create a public controversy over liberal bias.

    The left fell on their face with their attack on Gen. Petraeus and the Limbaugh attack was their attempt to turn the tables. It speaks volumes that none of the republican presidential candidates has gone ballistic defending Limbaugh. What a bunch of craven wussies these guys are. They deserve to get spanked by Hillary. It's just that the rest of us don't deserve to have to endure her as president.
  5. No, my suggestion is that the Dems return to their roots. They've swung too far to the left.

    At one time, they were a respectable party that had candidates that I would vote for cuz they were honorable and inspired people to care for their fellow countrymen.

    They no longer inspire me in this way, and that's just sad....
  6. All true.

    But to descend into the gutter and act like the Dems seems like an erroneous path to take.

    But I'm more centrist than conservative, and I have no opinion on how true conservatives feel about this. Seems to me that they would not appreciate their party stooping to this level of animosity. Rather, they want their party to maintain their standards. Just look at the disdain for Bush from the true conservatives. This tells me that would be the wrong way to go.
  7. What would be the chances the democrat candidates would allow Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly to moderate one of their debates?

    Personally, i can understand if they want liberals to moderate their debates, but I think republicans would be better served if conservatives moderated republican debates. Conservatives better understand the issues that are important to republican voters, plus the party owes them the chance to get in the media spotlight.
  8. You can't be serious. Chris Matthews was left at about the same time when Hillary was still a republican. I have not watched hardball for a long time but the only thing he was doing between 2001 and 2006 was smearing the democrats. He is universally hated by all left-wing blogs although in all fairness he is equally hated by all right wing blogs. He is not Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity but he is certainly not Keith Olberman or Al Franken you're trying to portray him.

    Hardball for the left, softball for the right: Conservatives dominate on Hardball
    during a 2003 episode of Hardball, Matthews told Republican pollster Frank Luntz, "I'm more conservative than people think I am. ... By the way, I voted for [President George W.] Bush. ... I like to surprise people." Matthews's praise for Bush has at times been effusive; in 2005, he said that Bush "glimmers" with a "kind of sunny nobility"; that "[e]verybody sort of likes the president, except for the real whack-jobs"; and that, if he succeeds in creating a democracy in Iraq, Bush "belongs on Mount Rushmore."
  9. I suggest you go back and read the article I pasted. Do you recall him getting into that embarrassing shouting match with Zell Miller during the last presidential election? When Miller basically said he would kick his ass if he was on the set? Or how about his shameful attack on Michelle Mailkin, when he berated her and wouldn't allow her to respond? He practically was part of the official Kerry campaign. The fact that he once in a while says something objective, unlike Olbermann, just proves he is media savvy. His panels typically feature three or four liberal journo's and one token, timid conservative like David Brooks.
    #10     Oct 5, 2007