The Presidential Candidate Debates Are Damaging the Republican Party
Look also to the exit of Governor Perry. He says the beginning of the end was his exclusion from the first debate. Fox News invited participants by poll numbers because that’s where the ratings are — in popularity. The fact that Governor Perry had led the Texas economy to powerhouse status during a country-wide recession -- that counted for nothing.
Or take Governor Walker. He got a measly eight minutes in Wednesday's three-hour debate, not because he’s a failure at communication or has no fresh ideas or folds in the face of the opposition. He got eight minutes because that is all the format allowed him, the un-sexy candidate.
Three experienced statesmen with fresh ideas and a record of political rebellion that the Republican base insists upon this time, and they each struggle for momentum because of an antiquated debate system that no longer serves to inform the public about a candidate; it's only goal is to simply feeds news channel ratings.
The media is leading the base to the outsider rebels. Cruz and Walker aren’t as sexy as Trump and Fiorina. They do not easily reduce the campaign to sensational stories fit for grocery store, impulse-buy racks; even then, delivery is coming. The old ways, they are all dying. A few years ago Sarah Hoyt wrote about a coming collapse. I think it happened more quietly than expected. It is time to start looking around, figuring out the place we fell into.
Our primaries are bowing to media motives just as easily as they did during the Gwen Ifill era. These are the outlets that give us 'round the clock coverage of disasters and dirty laundry, and we are letting them dictate how we learn about our political leaders.
They strum, we dance.
"We can do the Innuendo. We can dance and sing. When it's said and done. We haven’t told you a thing. We all know that Crap is King. Give us dirty laundry!” - Don Henley