The WHannabes went at it again last night. This is supposed to be big and important news. Whatever. (More)
I didn’t watch the WHannabe Whinefest. I was watching a cricket match we recorded on Tuesday. It was Australia hosting India in a one-day international, and those matches last six hours so it takes us a couple of evenings to watch them. But even if we had watched that match all the way through on Wednesday, then last night I would have watched one of the two curling matches we recorded on Sunday. Or the Big Bash cricket match we recorded Wednesday. Or something on Netflix.
And if we had finished all of our recorded shows and Netflix had been down and the only cable channel that worked was Fox Business News, I would have read a book. Or groomed my ear tufts. Or my tail. Or … well, you get my point.
But apparently Some People think the WHannabe Whinefest is Very Important News. So I went and read some stuff, so you won’t have to. You’re welcome.
For starters, ABC News said Donald Trump won the debate simply by setting the menu of topics. Yes, Cruz easily deflected the issue of his natural-born citizenship, but the fact that he had to answer that question at all means Trump won. And Trump wiped the floor with Cruz’s criticism of “New York City values.”
Politico’s Kyle Cheney offers the 12 Biggest Moments of the GOP Debate, which is 12 more than I care about. Vox’s Dylan Matthews offers 3 Winners and 3 Losers, which is 3 of each more than I care about. Okay, that’s not true. I do care about his third loser:
Loser: The truth
It’s a depressing thing when you have to evaluate candidates’ wins and losses by weighing the relative effectiveness of their lies. But that’s basically what I had to do with [Chris] Christie and Cruz. They both lied their asses off tonight, Cruz about taxes and Christie about, well, everything. Christie’s lies seemed less helpful and more brazen, so I think they hurt him while Cruz’s helped.
But relative lying badness, and relative lying utility, are such strange, upsetting things to even be weighing. And Christie and Cruz were hardly the only offenders. Donald Trump falsely claimed that most Syrian immigrants entering Europe were “strong, powerful men.” In fact, most are women and children. Marco Rubio said that ISIS is trying to recruit doctors and engineers to infiltrate the US. Not really, no. [Marco] Rubio also suggested that ISIS is a bigger threat than gun violence. Nope. Ben Carson, for his part, mischaracterized his own tax plan. And on, and on, and on.
It was just baby town frolics, all around. And the moderators, naturally, did no fact-checking of any kind. The result was a debate that probably left viewers less informed than they were coming in.
And that’s exactly why I didn’t watch the debate. I mean, when a cricket commentator says “This partnership will be the key” or “This is a critical moment in the match,” I know that really translates to “I don’t have anything insightful to say but we have to keep talking, so I’ll roll through my list of Cricket Commentary Clichés.”
And although they rotate commentary crews, over the course of a six-hour match there will always be spells where they feel as if they’ve already said every insightful thing they can say … twice. Because they have. And that’s fine. The game is decided down on the field, and their clichés don’t affect the outcome.
But the WHannabes’ lies pollute our political dialogue, and that does bother me. So that’s why I don’t watch their Whinefests. Plus it was a really good cricket match.
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