Tuesday, June 14, 2011 – The Tygrrrr Express by Eric Golub


LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2011 — Republicans never learn. Putting lipstick on a pig does not make it gorgeous. All the ketchup in the world will not make a veggie burger taste anywhere near as good as beef.

One can take MSNBC, hose it off, dress it up in moderate looking clothing and call it CNN. It is still a liberal network with an agenda that includes ridiculing Republicans and ensuring that their deity Barack Obama is reelected.

http://multimedia/image/presidential-debate-600jpg/From left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and businessman Herman Cain are seen on stage during the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, June 13, 2011. (Image: Associated Press)

John King is more dangerous than Chris Matthews because at least with Matthews the screaming leftist lunacy is laid bare for all to see. Short of Bernard Shaw returning to the network, there is no hope for Republicans to get a fair shake from the network created by Jane Fonda’s ex-husband Ted Turner.

The 2011 GOP debate in New Hampshire was polite, civil, and cerebral. It was an adult discussion. Not one of the seven candidates embarrassed themselves. This is all the more amazing given how loaded the questions – and questioners – were.

John King asked Tim Pawlenty if his plan for 5% growth was overly optimistic. This is a fair question. Yet King could not resist editorializing, offering a subtle attack on supply-side economics that is at the heart of the Pawlenty plan.

“After the tax cuts during the Bush years, where were the jobs?”

John King needs to be strapped into a chair and forced to keep his eyes open until he has watched a giant big movie screen featuring everything ever written by Larry Kudlow. Kudlow’s column “The Greatest Story Never Told” should be displayed in font type larger than John Hancock’s signature.

The Bush tax cuts created plenty of jobs. George W. Bush inherited a mess (without whining about it). After a stock market meltdown (worse than 2008) and the worst attack on American soil in history, his tax cuts fueled an economy from 2002 through 2007 that was spectacular. The media taking the 2008 financial collapse to try and invalidate the spectacular Bush economy for most of his time in is office is deliberately dishonest and ideologically motivated.

This ideological bias led John King on more than one occasion tried to prop up Barack Obama. He asked if Obama has done anything right.

It is not the job of Republicans to praise him. He praises himself enough, with help from John King. No person does everything right or wrong. Yet Ron Paul had the crowd laughing when he replied “I can’t think of anything.”

Mr. King also asked if the Tea Party was too negative and too critical. It could not possibly occur to Mr. King what spawned the movement to begin with. He could have asked if the Tea Party was positive or negative. That would have been fair.

When the conversation turned to illegal immigration, Mr. King asked if it was possible to round up millions of people and deport them. There is not a single Republican presidential contender who has advocated doing this. King cited Tom Tancredo, who left the GOP entirely. King contrasted Tancredo with McCain, who worked with Ted Kennedy on the issue. In other words, the candidates had to choose between being mean evil conservatives who want secure borders and good Republicans who work with Democrats. King quickly lamented how McCain had moved rightward on the issue since then.

Newt Gingrich accurately pointed out that Americans should not have to choose between “catastrophic alternatives” of deporting everyone and letting illegal immigration run wild. He made it crystal clear that no serious citizen should be forced into a choice of a defenseless border or kicking millions out of the country.

The worst moment came when CNN resorted to the tactic that Ann Coulter has been condemning for years. The left loves to put forward spokespeople that cannot be criticized in any way in an attempt to silence discussion and debate. Given that the entire purpose of the event was debate itself, the tactic was even more off-putting at this point.

A father of three people serving in the military asked if it was time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan now.

Apparently Cindy Sheehan and Max Cleland were not in the audience to ask the question. Nevertheless, CNN once again managed to ignore the many military families supporting the war effort in favor of somebody against the war.

The candidates were on the defensive, using precious debate seconds to praise the father and his children and insisting that they agree with him.

Short of Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, or Sarah Palin bursting onto the stage, it was going to be bleak. Disagreeing with a military father was not an option.

If CNN had any interest in being fair, they could have allowed the majority viewpoint about the war to be asked.

Picture another military father who did not get to ask his question.

“Candidates, I have sons serving in the war. We believe in the mission and are deeply concerned that morale is wavering at home. Are you willing to commit to the mission for as long as it takes, regardless of the polls?”

Another audience questioner wanted to know when we would get rid of all of our unnecessary bases around the world in Europe and other areas. Rick Santorum explained that he had voted to close bases during his tenure.

The question was not “should we” do something. It was slanted in one direction. Mr. King was the screener.

The debate wrapped up with an insulting question that the media will not stop drumming. The candidates were asked if they were a weak field. What were they supposed to say?

The real story of this debate should be that seven different people had an incredibly intelligent discussion about how to improve America.

Instead the debate should be another reminder that there is no reason for Republicans to do debates in conjunction with CNN or MSNBC.

CNN (properly) excluded Gary Johnson from the debate for not having polls showing him as being a viable candidate. This prevented a repeat of the circus that was the first debate in South Carolina.

The candidates should band together and declare that until and unless CNN demonstrates through ratings that it is actually being watched, it does not meet the hosting threshold.

Republicans need to stop acting like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. They need to stop trying to make nice with those who hate them.

The goal was to ridicule Republicans, and it was mission accomplished.

This was many things, but it was not a surprise. With all due respect to the magnificent James Earl Jones, “This…is CNN.”

Brooklyn born, Long Island raised and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Read more from Eric at his TYGRRRR EXPRESS blog. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. After years of dating liberals, he has finally seen the light and now only dates Republican Jewish women. His family is pleased over this. Republican, Jewish women, you may contact Eric above.

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