This isn’t a done deal yet, but if it does happen it may be one of the most uncomfortable and unintentionally amusing events ever to take place during a presidential campaign. Donald Trump wants to moderate a GOP presidential candidate debate.
It’s officially a reality television Republican primary now.
Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27.
“Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media. “They may not agree with
him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment.”
Mr. Trump’s role in the debate, which will be broadcast on the cable network Ion Television, is sure to be one of the more memorable moments in a primary season that has already delivered its fair share of circus-like spectacle.
The candidates haven’t agreed to do the debate yet. But a couple of them have said they won’t be there. Jon Huntsman’s spokesman was asked whether he would be there and he literally laughed at the suggestion:
“Lol. We look forward to watching Mitt and Newt suck-up to The Donald with a big bowl of popcorn,” he said in an email to Business Insider.
Ron Paul also says he won’t be there and offers some serious reasons why.
“The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity. Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.
“Mr. Trump’s selection is also wildly inappropriate because of his record of toying with the serious decision of whether to compete for our nation’s highest office, a decision he appeared to make frivolously. The short-lived elevation of Mr. Trump’s stature as a candidate put him on the radar of many organizations and we recall that last spring he was invited to keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, yet at the last minute he left RPI holding the bag by canceling. In turn, RPI canceled its biggest fundraising gala of the year and suffered embarrassment and in addition RPI was required to engage in refunding measures. Our candidate will not even consider participating in the late-December debate until Mr. Trump publicly apologizes to Iowa party leaders and rectifies in full the situation.
“Therefore our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend.”
Good for him. If this happens, the descent of American politics into the swamp of “reality” TV will be complete. This is such a perfect microcosm of everything that is wrong with our political system; the only way it could be made worse — and I hesitate to even mention this and risk giving them any ideas — is to have a debate hosted by Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton. A buffoon moderating a “debate” — not really anything remotely approaching that — featuring a bunch of buffoons trying to appeal to the most ignorant voters they can. Ain’t democracy grand?