Does anyone actually learn anything from the presidential debates? The first debate this election cycle was a schoolyard fight moderated by a journalist who was debating President Trump instead of “moderating.”
The deck is stacked against Trump by the Commission on Presidential Debates. In addition to the partisan antics of Chris Wallace in the first debate, this coming week’s debate features another Liberal journalist who has been a registered Democrat and comes from a Democrat family.
It is time to ditch the Commission on Presidential Debates and let the two campaigns work out their own ground rules in the future.
What is the Commission on Presidential Debates, anyway? The following is a description of the commission on their website:
“The Commission on Presidential Debates (the “CPD”) is a private, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization. As a 501(c)(3) organization, it is eligible under federal law to serve as a debate sponsor. The CPD’s primary mission is to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates are held every four years between and among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States. The CPD is an independent organization. It is not controlled by any political party or outside organization, and it does not endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or parties. It receives no funding from the government or any political party, political action committee, or candidate.”
But in light of recent events, it’s laughable to claim that the commission “does not endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or parties.)
The format of the debates is counterproductive, and we’ve seen that play out multiple times. The moderators often insert themselves too forcefully and the candidates only have two minutes to give an answer. Americans would learn more from a format like the one used by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during their Senate debates in Illinois.
Back then, the first speaker spoke for 60 minutes, the second had a 90-minute rebuttal, and then the first speaker had a 30-minute rebuttal/time for further statements.
It obviously isn’t practical given the attention span of most Americans to conduct a debate as long in duration as the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but it could serve as a good template for which to strive.
The New York Post reported that this week’s debate moderator, Kristen Welker, is yet another Democrat hack. The Post reported that “Though Kristen Welker’s party registration is not listed today, she was a registered Democrat in Washington, DC, in 2012 and in Rhode Island in 2004…
Welker deleted her Twitter account last week, heading off a more complete look at her past statements and views. It was later restored…
In 2012, Welker and her family celebrated Christmas at the White House with the Obamas.”
The moderator of the canceled second debate, Steve Scully, is a partisan Democrat as well.
Steve Scully was a former intern for then-Senator Joe Biden and a staffer for Democrat icon, Ted Kennedy.
It is time to end the Commission on Presidential Debates. I give President Trump credit for participating in a debate for which everything is aligned against him. As long as the CPD and the current format exists, the American people will learn nothing, and the debate is nothing more than a complete waste of time.