THE DUMBEST QUESTION FROM A MODERATOR IN LAST NIGHT’S GOP DEBATE

As a rule, I don’t watch debates moderated by MSM hacks. The questions are always rehashed DNC talking points, and they are often just plain dumb. A classic example was provided during last night’s GOP debate by Maria Bartiromo:

You have all said that you will repeal President Obama’s health care legislation. Down the line, 30 seconds, if you repeal Obamacare, what’s the answer?

After listening to several of his fellow Republicans gamely struggle to deal with such a huge issue in the ridiculously small amount of time alotted to them, Newt Gingrich pointed out the essential idiocy of the question:

I just want point out, my colleagues have done a terrific job of answering an absurd question. To say in 30 seconds …

Predictably, Bartiromo (who was obviously still miffed about being booed by the audience for hectering Cain on the phony harassment charges) tried to interrupt, but Gingrich wasn’t having any:

Let me finish, if I may. To say in 30 seconds what you would do with 18 percent of the economy, life and death for the American people … is the perfect case of why I’m going to challenge the president to seven Lincoln- Douglas style three-hour debates with a timekeeper and no moderator.

This “no moderator” comment produced jets of flame from Bartiromo’s nostrils: “Would you like to try to explain in simple speak to the American people what you would do after you repeal the president’s health care legislation?”

Gingrich went on to give a few highlights of his health reform views—-discussing the doctor-patient relationship, returning control of Medicaid to the states, etc.—-but his most important point had already been made. Watch:

His point about the Lincoln-Douglas format should be taken seriously, by the way. The practice of lining up GOP contenders like ducks in barrel to be shot by obvious Democrat partisans is utterly ridiculous.

Comments 3

  1. MonkeyIncognito wrote:

    Newt is starting to regain some of the lost respect in my book. Plus, why are almost all the moderators lefties? You don’t have Cavuto moderating Democrat debates.

    Posted 10 Nov 2011 at 1:49 pm
  2. 1389AD wrote:

    Bartiromo has completely beclowned herself.

    She deserved the booing.

    Posted 11 Nov 2011 at 2:29 am
  3. karinee wrote:

    Maria you just showed your real leanings to the
    American people. The truth you looked awful, tired and acted like a spoiled brat with the
    eye rolling. Take time off and get the hair
    updated, get rid of the black circle under the
    eyes and the bags too. You need a new look. You looked like you are 60 years old. Don’t get
    mad babe at my observation, just get an update. Newt handed you your lunch babe.

    Posted 11 Nov 2011 at 8:59 am

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