Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Trump’s Boycott Of The FOX Debate; Huge Error Or Smart Move?
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Well, reckon we’ll find out very soon. On it’s face, it shows Trump doesn’t need to dance to the media’s tune. Yet it actually helped and hurt. The other candidates at the debate answered the same jazz we’ve heard before, and nothing new was set up. In that regards, hanging out with vets was better optics.
On the other hand retail politics – selling people on you – could be a detriment by not showing up.
Bookworm Room :Had Trump gone to the debate, he would have been one among many. By boycotting the debate, he created another story about himself. Trump understands the old Hollywood adage that all publicity is good publicity. He’s aiming for product recognition, and the media is providing it.
My hope, with Trump out of the debate, was that it would be a substantive debate, rather than a gladiator’s fight aimed at ratings rather than informing the public. I was really saddened that Fox decided to go the gladiator route anyway, using out-of-context videos as “gotchas” against Rubio and Cruz, without giving them adequate time to respond. It was ugly TV and I turned it off because I wasn’t learning anything.
Iowa has a very unique setup, a new blizzard is forecast for tomorrow and in the end it just amounts to whose supporters brave the weather and show up.
Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Trump’s boycotting of the Fox debate neither hurt nor helped his campaign. Those who support him will continue to support him and those who oppose him still do. It will be interesting to see how he does in the Iowa caucus this week.
Well, there you have it!
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Article written by: Tom White