Derek Hunter

You’ve been “Weinered to death” the last few weeks, now that he’s resigned, there’s nothing left to say about it. But here are some other things you might’ve missed this week.


There Has to be a Better Way to Waste 2 Hours


Republicans debated this week on CNN. Why they agreed to debate on CNN remains a mystery; perhaps local public access networks were all booked with their versions of Wayne’s World. I won’t bore you with many of the details because the details were boring. I never thought I’d see an event that would make the MTV “boxers or briefs” townhall with Bill Clinton seem like it was intelligent political discourse. Moderator John King focused like a laser beam on the to big issues facing the country, like...Pepsi or Coke, Blackberry or iPhone and American Idol or Dancing with the Stars.


This debate might as well have been moderated by People magazine.


I’m not going to say who I thought won or lost, or whatevered, since it doesn’t matter one bit. We’re 7 months away from a vote being cast and there are at least 3 trillion debates scheduledbetween then and now, so anything that happened this week will be long forgotten by the time it matters. But it’s pretty clear the big loser was the audience.


Those blaming CNN or King have points, valid ones, but anyone, particularly Republicans, expecting anything but a dog and pony show from the traditional media hasn’t been awake for the last 30 years. Expecting questions written in a newsroom, be it at CNN or either of the local New Hampshire outlets that co-hosted the event, to be of importance, or even interest, to conservatives and Republicans is delusional. Gas prices never came up, though ethanol subsidies did...briefly. They talked about the economy and jobs...for a bit. Foreign policy was the context of bringing the troops home and the issue that tops no one’s list of issues - closing our bases in Germany and Korea. (You really can’t make this stuff up.)


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.