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    The cowardly brave stand against Trump

    The cowardly brave stand against Trump

    Rick Santorum was right about the rank hypocrisy of GOP candidates who seek Donald Trump’s endorsement but will not appear at the NewsMax debate because Trump is the moderator:

    “Many of my opponents jockeyed to be the first to fly up to New York and use Donald Trump for a photo op and no doubt try and secure an endorsement. But when Donald wants to moderate a debate – they refuse to attend. That’s what’s so wrong with politics today – hypocrisy,”

    Andrew Breitbart makes an even more important point. The boycotting candidates do not hesitate to go on MSNBC, and I’ll add to that, Letterman and The View, which day in and day out mock conservatives.

    While the decision to boycott the NewsMax debate was couched as a brave stand against a “reality show” atmosphere, what it really reflected was fear of being criticized for appearing with Trump by the folks at MSNBC and The View.

    The entire mainstream media is a reality show intended to make Republican candidates look bad, and any candidate who has not figured that out yet hasn’t figured anything out.


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    princepsCO | December 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    “The boycotting candidates do not hesitate to go on MSNBC, and I’ll add to that, Letterman and The View, which day in and day out mock conservatives.”

    Despite spending time searching the intertubes, I cannot find a video or news piece that indicates that Dr. Paul has ever gone on the MSM to mock conservatives; to share his positions and values, yes. Yet, he was pretty quick to decline Mr. Trump’s trap.

    So yes, you can make this type of statement about Gingrich and Romney and Huntsman, each of which have made disparaging statements about conservative policy in the MSM. But Dr. Paul is a long-time, bold conservative (more so than neo-cons and warfare statists) with principles that don’t melt like east coast liberal Republicans……

    GrumpyOne | December 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    On one can deny that Trump can effectively ask the “hard” questions and shouldn’t that be what the public wants?

    To dodge a debate hosted by him is just stupid, cowardly and did I mention stupid???

    If one cannot address any of his questions, his candidacy should be questioned!

    votermom | December 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I agree with you Prof.
    Here’s what I tweeted on it yesterday:!/votermom/status/144945477413126144

    Also, another thought I posted on it at C4P yesterday:

    Just the other day a yahoo reporter was accidentally invited to an RNC telephone conference and found out that the strategy is not to attack Obama because it is “too risky.”
    Now the GOP candidates have obviously been told not to go to Trump’s debate (with Newt & Santorum too late to back out) – probably for the same reason – Trump is known to attack Obama no holds barred and is probably planning on goading the candidates to do the same.
    Imagine that – they go meekly onto debates hosted by Obama-loving CNBC, NBC, Politi-flipping-co, but they won’t go to a Trump debate?
    Are they planning to lose this election or what?

    pyromancer76 | December 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t get it why everyone doesn’t get it. I don’t care about individuals’ “principed” stands about attending the “debate” or not attending it. 1. Trump has great access to the media that not one of the candidates has, e.g., rediculous birth certificate issue — just SHOW YOURS! — and finally Obama did, sort of. 2. Trump has not said: “I am not running”. Who would let a competitor be the moderator and evaluator/adjudicator of the debate? Stupid, in my book, to put oneself at the mercy of anyone like that, except for Gingrich, who can out-talk anyone and needs the (free) exposure. Santorum does not really matter at this time.

    It seems to me that everyone is acting reasonably in their own interests, including Trump. Wow, what a “subtle” king-maker he was going to be. And Trump is always for Trump. Sometimes the U.S. benefits.

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