Moderator or Debatinator?

By Joe Keck


I remember one of the debates that Jim Lehrer moderated with George W. Bush and Al Gore for the 2000 Presidential election.

At one point Gore looked over and started hammering Bush directly with a tirade of rapid-fire questions. Of course, Jim Lehrer immediately jumped in and halted Gore’s machine gun interrogation, firmly reminding the Democrat candidate that he was in charge of the proceedings and that he, as the moderator, will ask the questions.

Uh . . . no. He didn’t.

A restrained and unbiased – at least one in control of their bias – would have done just that. But what Mr. Lehrer did was simply sit there and watch Gore spit out his puerile prating to the Republican candidate until finally Bush turned to Lehrer and asked if Mr. Gore was the one presiding over the evening’s debate.

‘Oh, uh . . . yes, Mr. Gore, (ahem), let me ask the questions, please,’ was, in effect, his feckless reply.

So we have Jim Lehrer, veteran of the straight up, middle of the road news organization, PBS, as the moderator for tonight’s debate. And for the October 16th tete’ a’ tete’, another indisputably neutral media outlet, CNN, will be providing one of their snowy white reporters, Candy Crowley to take on the job of candidate grilling. Martha Raddatz of the crystal pure ABC will moderate the vice-presidential debate on October 11th, and the distilled and untainted Bob Schieffer of beyond-question CBS will preside over the final match-up between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney on October 22nd.

Naturally, since the Presidential Debate Commission is a non-partisan group, at each and every one of those events, along with all of the Liberal moderators I just cited, will be Rush Limbaugh asking questions as well. Right?

No? Really?

Okay, well Ann Coulter will be on hand to . . .

Hmmm . . .

At least Michelle Malkin will . . .

Sean Hannity?

Bill O’reily?

Surely, Shepard Smith or Megyn Kelly will be among the . . .

Ahhh, I see.

As a Conservative, the idea that the Country’s national debates to showcase the capabilities of the candidates competing for the most powerful positions in the land, in the nation, nay, IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! being headed up by an all Liberal gang of moderators, irritates me. But what is even more infuriating is the fact that our Republican Party goes along with it!

I doubt that our soft and cuddly friends on the left would respond with such grins and giggles if the panel of moderators for the upcoming debates consisted of the names I listed above.

It’s as if the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburg Steelers were heading for the Super Bowl and all the referees on the field were blood relatives of Jerry Jones . . . with Dan Rooney smiling from the sidelines!

Yet again, I guess I’ll just have to chalk it up to the Republicans having a somewhat ‘polymerized’ spine.

We true Conservatives – The real people, Martini – are quickly becoming sick and tired of the floppy-backed, slumped-shouldered, shrugging, grinning, hand-shaking Establishment Republicans giving us RINO’s for picks, taking mud balls that the Libs throw at us without answering back with a good swift roundhouse punch to the jaw, and letting Main Stream Media All-Stars control the forums for all the debates all the time!

Peppermint Patty’s words keep banging away in my head: How long, Charlie Brown, all your life?

I think at some point, we need to ramp up the Tea Party into higher gear and stop laying down for these ridiculous concessions.

Perhaps, one hopeful and auspicious day, the GOP backbone will miraculously solidify and we’ll have Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh shoulder to shoulder with Gwen Ifill and George Stephenopoulos at the prestigious presidential debate moderator’s table, asking our Democrat and Republican candidates the burning questions on the minds of the American people.

Is that too much to hope for? Perhaps. But oh, what a day that would be . . . he says wistfully, with a dreamy stare.

And now, let’s take a look at the forecast. Temperatures will reach a chilly 58 degrees this afternoon, so you better break out those coats and sweaters if you’re planning to travel anywhere in the area of Hell, today.



About the Author

Joe Keck is a writer of horror, thriller, suspense, and other fiction, some poetry and music, with the occasional op-ed piece on current events, politics, and theology. Although born in Oklahoma, he was taken to Los Angeles when he was an infant, or as his mother described, "the ugliest little thing I've ever seen", and raised there on the West Coast. He considers himself to be far superior to most on the artistic merits of film and literature, seeing the vast majority of such to be well below adequate. He has four novels and many short stories to his credit, and hopes to one day have them published, promising to hold critics like himself in harsh derision. He's currently restoring a Jason 35 sailboat and plans to sail the world, writing horror stories, and marveling at the illustrative works of the Creator and His Divine story-telling imagery. You may Find Joe's Website at

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