GOP candidates blame the media for the monster they created during last night’s debate

Give the Republicans credit for at least one thing: the selections process for their nominee for president has been very entertaining.

What it’s lacked is information about the candidates. And what candidates have focused on is attacks, on each other and on Americans themselves.

During this presidential campaign season we have seen:

Reine Priebus, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

RNC Chair Reine Priebus, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

And so much more in comical errors from a motley crew of Republican candidates. So it’s no surprise that last night, during the most recent GOP debate, the candidates decided on a common enemy: the media.

Several of the candidates took issue with the moderators’ questions during the excruciatingly painful-to-watch train wreck. It prompted Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to issue a statement himself attacking the questioners in a debate he himself helped organize. From CNN:

“I was very disappointed in the moderators. I’m disappointed in CNBC,” he told reporters in the spin room in Boulder, Colorado. “I thought they would bring forward a pretty fair forum here tonight. But I think it was one gotcha question, one personal low blow after another.”

If that’s what Priebus thought of the moderators, he ought to take a look at the candidates themselves on the campaign trail.

You know what the moderators were actually doing during the debate? Addressing questions that concerned citizens would have asked. This circus show of a nomination process that the GOP has put before us makes these questions relevant, not the media’s focus of them.

We need to know if Trump’s temperament is going to be a problem with worldwide leaders like Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping (or if he even knows who the latter is). We need to know if Carson’s math adds up in his budget plans. We need to know if Rubio is going to take the job seriously once he gets into office. We need to know if Huckabee is going to kowtow to religious leaders and turn our nation into a theocracy.

These aren’t “gotcha” questions, as Priebus contends, because they’re exactly what the candidates themselves have been running on or showing themselves to be. Republicans act as if these questions are materializing out of thin air. In reality, they’ve been the ones producing the need to ask these types of questions all along.

That Republicans are this frightened of these questions, so much so that they go straight to blaming the media for the monster that they themselves have created, simply demonstrates how none of them are qualified to hold the nation’s highest office.

Chris Walker has been a political writer for more than ten years, contributing freelance opinion pieces to several online publications as well as managing his own blog, Political Heat, for more than six years. With a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, Chris tries to bring a unique angle to every article he produces, including Millennial perspectives on the issues he's covering. Chris resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and proudly owns both a cheesehead and stock in the Green Bay Packers.

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