I awoke this morning to news that the Nevada State Democratic Party is pulling its support for a debate on the FOX news channel featuring Democratic candidates for President. Of course, this is after John Edwards pulled out of the debate earlier.
But Collins and Reid wrote that comments on Thursday by FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, when he jokingly compared Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, to Osama bin Laden, “went too far,” and prompted Nevada Democrats to end the partnership.
What was this horrible comparison?
Ailes said: “And it is true that Barack Obama is on the move. I don’t know if it’s true that President Bush called (Pakistani President Pervez) Musharraf and said, ‘Why can’t we catch this guy?’ “
Geez, if you read that, it seems to be more of an attack on President Bush than Barack Obama. Matter of fact, it is a joke at Bush’s expense.
So now the NSDP has pulled from the debate, proving that 1) they have no sense of humor and 2) they’re stupid.
Look, the entire country votes in the Presidential election. That includes viewers of the Fox network. If you hold so much contempt for Republicans, conservatives or just O’Reilly fans that you boycott a debate to bring your ideas to an audience that normally wouldn’t get your ideas, you’re being belligerent to the point of numbskullery. What you are doing is sending a message to these viewers, stating “We don’t like you because you watch this network. We’re only going to show at networks that we like.”
In a time where everyone is touting bipartisanship, this is an odd move. Or is it?
The NSDP pretty much torpedoed this event, but it took a move by John Edwards to do it. I’d have to believe that someone got a phone call from Obama, Hillary, or both, and the leverage was laid on the NSDP to nix the debate so that the two front-runners don’t have to alienate the base or alienate the middle.