ABC, RNC announce Mary Katharine Ham to join GOP debate panel

posted at 8:01 am on February 4, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

If Saturday’s Republican debate wasn’t already a must-watch, it certainly is now. Our editor-at-large Mary Katharine Ham will join the moderator panel at the ABC News debate in New Hampshire this weekend, the RNC announced late last night:

Needless to say, all of us at the Salem Media Group are happy to see Mary Katharine playing an important role in representing the conservative view before the first-in-the-nation primary:

The debate itself has already drawn some controversy. ABC is applying a polling metric to limit the number of candidates on stage, even though only eight candidates remain in the race. Carly Fiorina will be eliminated by this metric, and she’s demanding a spot on stage now that the need for an undercard has been eliminated:

The next GOP debate will not feature an under card event for low-polling candidates, which leaves Carly Fiorina off the prime-time stage — a move she’s not taking sitting down.

The former Hewlett Packard CEO penned an open letter to Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, to plead her case for the prime-time stage this Saturday.

“In 2012, the debate stage featured 8 candidates until the Iowa Caucus and then all declared candidates still in the race were invited from that point forward, including the ABC New Hampshire debate. As of today, I will be the only candidate kept off the debate stage,” she wrote. “To review, we beat Governors Christie and Kasich in Iowa this week when voters actually had their say. This campaign has the same number of delegates as Governors Bush and Kasich while Governor Christie has zero. We’re ahead of Dr. Carson in New Hampshire polling. We are 6th in hard dollars raised and have twice the cash on hand as either Governors Christie or Kasich. We are already on the ballot in 32 states, and there is a ground game with paid staff in 12 states. Yet, all of these candidates will be invited to the ABC debate. I will not.”

Jim Gilmore won’t make it onto the stage either, but the comparison isn’t exactly fair. Fiorina has been campaigning vigorously, while Gilmore hasn’t even done much work to get on ballots, let alone seriously attempt to build support. So far ABC hasn’t budged, but it might be a little hard to explain having a metric that only pushes one candidate out of the debate, now that other marginal campaigns have shut down. Don’t be surprised to see Fiorina on stage by Saturday night, facing a couple of questions on issues important to conservatives from Mary Katharine.


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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Moderators are not suppose to have views.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Tiaioc. Another $2 toward the brainloc GED fund…..

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM

B) Sanders isn’t a communist, neither is Hillary. Not sure which you were referencing, but it hardly matters.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Socialism always lead to communism, or totalitarianism simply because the left never stops.

Whereas the right generally advocates for less government intrusion and control and more liberty, the left advoctaes for more … and more is never enough.

A review of the left’s history in this country might help you understand.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:19 PM

B) Sanders isn’t a communist, neither is Hillary. Not sure which you were referencing, but it hardly matters.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

The fact remains that Sanders is not a Democrat.

He is a self labeled Socialist Independent, because the Democrat Party is not left enough for him, and the base of your party is giving this non-Democrat Old White Guy a real shot at dethroning Her Majesty.
With all the talk the last few years about the GOP going hard right, nobody wants to acknowledge the fact that the action in the grassroots on the right since 2006 has been a reaction, first to the mistakes made in Bush43 2nd term, and then the leftward lurch of the Democrat Party under Barack Obama. It is plainly obvious, yet no one in the media seems willing to discuss this in any forum.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Doesn’t your logic also apply to the Democrats too?

As in why are the Democrats so frightened of having a debate on Fox News?
Do they not want to appeal to the large number of independents who watch Fox regularly?
Do they have an aversion to defending their policy ideas when questioned from a skeptical point of view?
Would that not be an opportunity to show why they should be elected by Americans and not just hard core libs?

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Sure the logic applies but your example doesn’t. Fox is incredibly partisan towards the GOP. That’s not being open to a wide variety of people and not just your hardcore partisans, that’s going into enemy territory. I don;t think the GOP should be asking MSNBC to host their debates.

But MKH is not a hardcore liberal. She’s a righty. If you can;t address her concerns in a reasonably convincing way you might as well close up shop and go home.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Well, I appreciate your thoughtful comment but I’m pretty sure that candidates, whether they be democrat, Republican or something else always try to go “hardcore” during party primaries.

In the general they soften up and try to attract disaffected voters.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Given that primaries are dominated by the most hardcore elements of the party I agree there is a temptation there, the question is whether you want to moderate that or encourage it.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Moderators are not suppose to have views.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Ideally, sure, but that’s not reality. Unless you have a Vulcan in your pocket you’re going to have to rely on flawed an opinionated human beings as moderators.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Socialism always lead to communism, or totalitarianism simply because the left never stops.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:19 PM

No, that’s not remotely true. Socialism is used in larger or smaller amounts in basically every nation on earth, but communism is a massive retreat. Most formerly strongly communist nations like Russia, China, and Cuba are moderating and incorporating at least some elements of capitalism.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Given that primaries are dominated by the most hardcore elements of the party I agree there is a temptation there, the question is whether you want to moderate that or encourage it.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM

The candidates job is to fire up the base during the primaries to win the nomination.

Sanders is promising free everything and killing off business with 90% tax.

That’s pretty extreme but he’s firing up the lunatics who think those are good ideas.

Like I said, in the general you soften up and try to appeal to a broader swath of people. So Sanders might tone down his rhetoric to say … 80% tax rates.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Put her on the debate panel for Hillary and Bernie. That would take courage, then we could stop with the silly softball campaign commercial that passes for a “debate” on the Democrat side. It’s stupid.

On the GOP side, a moderator is also known as Trumpbait.

petunia on February 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

No, that’s not remotely true. Socialism is used in larger or smaller amounts in basically every nation on earth, but communism is a massive retreat. Most formerly strongly communist nations like Russia, China, and Cuba are moderating and incorporating at least some elements of capitalism.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Odd how we’re going the exact opposite of countries that have suffered under leftist regimes.

By the way, ever read the Soviet Constitution? Pretty bland in some parts, interesting in others. What’s really neat is the democrats have been trying to implement it for decades now. They’re getting close.

It guarantees stuff like free health care, free education, old age benefits and lots of other stuff that sound remarkably like the democrat platform.

Could just be a coincidence I suppose.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM

The fact remains that Sanders is not a Democrat.

He is a self labeled Socialist Independent, because the Democrat Party is not left enough for him, and the base of your party is giving this non-Democrat Old White Guy a real shot at dethroning Her Majesty.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

This doesn’t strike me as all that meaningful. No more so than the party in Minnesota calling itself the Democratic Farmer Labor Party instead of Democrat. There’s no question but that Sanders will caucus with the dems.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Sanders is promising free everything and killing off business with 90% tax.

That’s pretty extreme but he’s firing up the lunatics who think those are good ideas.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Sanders is also losing (New Hampshire aside) and the party is clearly pushing Hillary very heavily.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Odd how we’re going the exact opposite of countries that have suffered under leftist regimes.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Every country on earth is trying to find the right balance of capitalism (for dynamism) and socialism (for stability). We’re pretty far out to the capitalism side and so we’re slowly (and barely) moderating towards socialism. Communist countries were very far to the socialism side so they’re moderating towards the capitalism side.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Sure the logic applies but your example doesn’t. Fox is incredibly partisan towards the GOP. That’s not being open to a wide variety of people and not just your hardcore partisans, that’s going into enemy territory. I don;t think the GOP should be asking MSNBC to host their debates.

But MKH is not a hardcore liberal. She’s a righty. If you can;t address her concerns in a reasonably convincing way you might as well close up shop and go home.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:33 PM

My point is that EVERYWHERE on TV but Fox is “enemy territory” for Republican candidates.

CBS News
NBC News
ABC News
CNN
PBS
Univision

They are all just as partisan, biased and activist as MSNBC has been. They deny it, but it is there for all to see cycle after cycle. The GOP does their shows anyway.
Why won’t the Democrats “go into the lion’s den” and show some courage? Are they scared of Bret Baier?

Come on, your excuse doesn’t hold water when you put into context the broad media landscape in America.

As to you saying Fox is only for “hardcore partisans”, that isn’t supported by the ratings numbers going back over a decade.

It is a fact that it isn’t just conservatives who watch Fox, they get a lot of other people, in big numbers. That’s why they have been #1 for so long, by such a huge margin.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:02 PM

This doesn’t strike me as all that meaningful. No more so than the party in Minnesota calling itself the Democratic Farmer Labor Party instead of Democrat. There’s no question but that Sanders will caucus with the dems.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM

That’s hilarious.

If there were an Independent Senator from say, Alabama who was not a Republican because the GOP wasn’t conservative enough for him (this may happen for real before much longer), you guys would not hesitate to throw a white hood on his head and then smear the whole GOP and conservative movement with the fictional extremist strawman you created.

Coordinated attack from all those networks I mentioned, and all the newspapers too.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Every country on earth is trying to find the right balance of capitalism (for dynamism) and socialism (for stability). We’re pretty far out to the capitalism side and so we’re slowly (and barely) moderating towards socialism. Communist countries were very far to the socialism side so they’re moderating towards the capitalism side.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

The more socialist a country becomes, the less free it becomes.

If you and your fellow leftists care so much for others then you are quite free to spend your own money like the religious have done for centuries in caring for the needy and homeless.

Socialism never solves any problem but creates more of the same. It’s a vicious circle that always destroys more than it helps.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 2:07 PM

I think an open mind is the way to go. The one thing I don’t think she will do is pretend she is the story like Ms. Kelly.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Kelly didn’t pretend she was the story; she pretended she wasn’t the story. The Hammer might pretend either way, though, but based on what little I’ve seen of her, I will keep an open mind and observe the process from afar.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 2:14 PM

The more socialist a country becomes, the less free it becomes.

If you and your fellow leftists care so much for others then you are quite free to spend your own money like the religious have done for centuries in caring for the needy and homeless.

Socialism never solves any problem but creates more of the same. It’s a vicious circle that always destroys more than it helps.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 2:07 PM

You suggestion does not solve the leftist’s REAL problem, and that is the Moral Urgency of changing your attitude, and making sure through government force that you WILL participate in their cause, what you think about it is irrelevant. Don’t want to volunteer? That’s OK we will just have the IRS volunteer you for us!
It’s perfect.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:18 PM

My point is that EVERYWHERE on TV but Fox is “enemy territory” for Republican candidates.

CBS News
NBC News
ABC News
CNN
PBS
Univision

They are all just as partisan, biased and activist as MSNBC has been. They deny it, but it is there for all to see cycle after cycle.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:02 PM

They deny it because it’s not at all true. The right insists that everyone else is out to get them but the truth is the media’s main bias is towards the media, not towards the left. Beyond that the right has developed a severe problem with telling themselves lies and so when impartial sources disprove those lies they see it as a partisan attack rather than what it actually is- education and correction.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

ABC, RNC announce Mary Katharine Ham to join GOP debate panel

It’s always important to get questions from Establishment families who support Illegal Immigration.

I’m still holding out hope that someday they’ll have people asking questions who have actually held a real job in their lives for a decent period of time.

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

If there were an Independent Senator from say, Alabama who was not a Republican because the GOP wasn’t conservative enough for him (this may happen for real before much longer), you guys would not hesitate to throw a white hood on his head and then smear the whole GOP and conservative movement with the fictional extremist strawman you created.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

No when we say the right has a huge problem with racism, that’s because the right, as a whole, has a huge problem with racism.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:20 PM

The average conservative is not a purist, and is not a one issue voter. Most conservatives live and work with liberals who they love and trust, despite disagreeing with their politics. They form their own opinions, and vote for the candidates that seem, on balance, to be the best choice, if not the perfect choice.

But, of course, here at HA, they would be known as leftist, Anerica-hating scumbag RINOs.

Priscilla on February 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 2:14 PM

Correction noted and agreed with.

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM

The more socialist a country becomes, the less free it becomes.

If you and your fellow leftists care so much for others then you are quite free to spend your own money like the religious have done for centuries in caring for the needy and homeless.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Only for a very particular definition of freedom.

Religious charity is a selfish act that is entirely about making yourself feel good while doing nothing to actually help others. To be effective charity needs to be intelligent and organized, not haphazard and feel-good.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Cindy Munford on February 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM

I got your back, Cindy.

Christien on February 4, 2016 at 2:24 PM

They deny it because it’s not at all true. The right insists that everyone else is out to get them but the truth is the media’s main bias is towards the media, not towards the left. Beyond that the right has developed a severe problem with telling themselves lies and so when impartial sources disprove those lies they see it as a partisan attack rather than what it actually is- education and correction.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

That is some nice rationalization.

Unfortunately, the actual course of events have disproven your theory over and over and over again, then one more time, and then once again for good measure.

There have been scientifically conducted surveys of the media industry for at least 25 years now, and they always come back with the same results. Overwhelming ideological tilt towards the left.
Always, without exception, every time.

You can examine political contributions of the people in the media industry. Same thing. %85-90 Democrats. Every. Single. Cycle.

You can go down the list of individual scandals one by one, all the way back to the Eisenhower administration.

The MSM are the propaganda arm of the American Left, and the last decade the mask has been dropping more and more until these days the effort isn’t really even made to pretend at objectivity.

You are just wrong, and there are mountains of evidence to prove it.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM

She’s establishment. I’m sure she has her orders, diminish Trump and lift up Rubio. We’ll see.

Rose on February 4, 2016 at 2:31 PM

No when we say the right has a huge problem with racism, that’s because the right, as a whole, has a huge problem with racism.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:20 PM

The only problem the right, as a whole, has with racism is being accused of it constantly, and tying in to the other comment the MSM plays a big, big role in this political communications strategy for the Democrat Party and it’s allied groups.

It is bogus, fraudulent, slander.

Furthermore, it is the tactic reserved for when a Progressive begins to lose a substantive debate with a Conservative (which is always almost immediately) The Race Card is dealt from the bottom of the deck to throw the debate off topic, make the other side shut up.

It is the political equivalent of flipping the chessboard over and running away rather than take your defeat and learn from it.

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Only for a very particular definition of freedom.

Religious charity is a selfish act that is entirely about making yourself feel good while doing nothing to actually help others. To be effective charity needs to be intelligent and organized, not haphazard and feel-good.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:22 PM

So it is intelligent and organized to Nationalize Charity, force every citizen to contribute at the point of a gun?

Catholic Charities doesn’t actually help people in any significant way?
The Mormons?
The Baptists?

That is an extremely arrogant and bigoted statement.

Why do you have a problem with faith organizations?

You must be a bigot towards people who believe different than you do, that is the only explanation!

Deny it all you want, but this will never go away. :)

Brian1972 on February 4, 2016 at 2:39 PM

MKH will ably represent the interests of the beltway media establishment.

wraithby on February 4, 2016 at 2:46 PM

MKH will ably represent the interests of the beltway media establishment.

wraithby on February 4, 2016 at 2:46 PM

As she always has. Salem got a good foot soldier.

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Back-tracking MUCH, for context…
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MKH is not libertarian. She’s more liberal (her husband worked for the Obama administration). I am curious how she will be with Trump. I hope he doesn’t turn on her but I don’t think he will if he knows who she is and he may know that. She’s not abrasive like MK.
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gh on February 4, 2016 at 8:14 AM

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James Carville’s marriage doesn’t make him anything other than what he is: a Democrat.

Just as long as MKH doesn’t believe that the “War on Women” is something that actually exists. Just as long as she doesn’t believe that identifying a woman a man has criticized makes him a man who hates any of the women he didn’t criticize — not even if you’re able to find several.
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Lolo on February 4, 2016 at 9:02 AM
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I think she’s fine on the issues you mention.

As for “liberal”, she has explained things explicitly in interviews. She is mostly conservative but liberal on some issues. Her husband was liberal but reasonable on things that mattered to them as a couple.
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gh on February 4, 2016 at 9:10 AM

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Wonderful … “mostly conservative”. As in the National Review definition of conservative?
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darwin on February 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM
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If you only care about getting the votes of strict conservatives you’ll end losing in a landslide in the general.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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That’s the GREATEST “farce” in all of U.S. politics.

If any Republican candidate would start saying (shouting would be better):
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Government intervention isn’t the solution to the problem … government intervention IS the problem
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…that candidate would WIN the (R) nomination, and the “general”.
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listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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I really doubt it. In today’s world it’s be trivial to point at terrorism and say “my opponent thinks the government has no business fighting terrorists, that’s how out of step he is with the world today.”

And having staked out such a ridiculous position your candidate would have nowhere to run.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

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I suppose I could have provided more CLARIFICATION … but, I somehow didn’t perceive the necessity for it, before reading your 12:54 PM comment.

The “conservative” position is that the provision for a military “machine”/infrastructure has always been a Constitutional duty of the Federal Government, and as such should always be a FOCUS of the Federal Government.

However, the Federal Government does NOT have any Constitutional mandate to provide “Social/Human Services.”

Fighting terrorists who have willfully identified themselves as our ENEMY, and worse yet, have ATTACKED us, should ALWAYS be a PRIORITY of any President, and U.S. Congress.

listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Congratulations Mary Katherine! Great News!

If possible, I’d like to hear the candidates answer questions about their positions on federal Refugee Resettlement programs, which are becoming and increasingly important issue in New Hampshire (and other states).

The refugees are coming from Syria in addition to many other countries.

Here is some background info on Refugee Resettlement in New Hampshire:

Although many governors have said they don’t want Syrian refugees in their states, immigration and refugee policy is governed at the federal level, and states can’t prevent legally admitted refugees from residing there.

Gov. Maggie Hassan made headlines Monday when she became the first Democratic governor to call for a freeze on Syrian refugees entering the U.S. She said Wednesday that some misunderstood her position.

“What I’m calling for is a pause, because the first job of any government is to keep our people safe,” she said.

Mayor Ted Gatsas also expressed frustration about how his comments have been reported. He called into a national radio talk show to clarify his position.

“Let me clear this up for you,” Gatsas told the program. “I have no choice whether I can accept or reject. As the mayor of a city, you don’t have that ability.”

He said that he wants to make sure any refugees are vetted properly.

http://www.wmur.com/politics/nh-leaders-clarify-statements-on-syrian-refugees/36529766

wren on February 4, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Congrats to MKH.

H A M M E R T I M E.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Because Fiorina took “full” advantage of her successful whine to get onto CNN’s adult table (and by “full”, I mean none), she has to resort to it again.

Steve Eggleston on February 4, 2016 at 8:04 AM

So, someone beats two contenders in the most recent, accurate because they weren’t polls but actual votes…and you think that person should be left off the stage, while the losers are on the stage?

I would think you want the current front runners on the stage to debate the issues…and you don’t just want the two or three front runners, they will pander to each other.

Strange, that people don’t want to listen to the actual vote getters…

Must be a Trumpette’s whining about the competition…waaaa-waaaaa….

right2bright on February 4, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Wrens post is good.

In New England, Trump is having more success on the illegal immigration front, because here, they come and go, and bring the drugs into the country that are causing a heroin epidemic. There is not any assimilation to become like Americans, they get out of responsibility for all the traffic deaths they cause, and come and go from the U.S. as they please and send food and welfare money paid for by the taxpayers to their home countries. If they get housing by way of asylum claims, or saying that they are raped or sexually abused, they spend the EBT money and never pay the rent to the landlords. They pretend not to understand everything that is asked of normal citizens. People are fairly irate with this practice and recently, there has been quite a number of visitors who get kicked out of their apartments and are put into hotels/motels and the local school districts have to pay to send the kids to school where ever the parents want. And provide translators and special classes. They work under the table, have multiple aliases, multiple EBT cards when they are arrested and let go, and drive illegally, and in cars with fraudulent license plates. They don’t put their kids in seat belts or car seats, and they don’t obey the law and work under the table, and take the welfare too.

There are a lot of people who pay their taxes, work hard and don’t get ahead in New England, who see the illegals get made into privileged cases…because nothing applies to them. They are single issue voters, more inclined to vote for Trump than to Ted cruz.

Fleuries on February 4, 2016 at 3:43 PM

No when we say the right has a huge problem with racism, that’s because the right, as a whole, has a huge problem with racism.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Yes, we do…the left keep trying to ignore their past, ignore the racism that is rampant in their history…and they call other racist.

The only time that word is used, is when a racist wants to be hidden from view.

You must have been very saddened when Senator Byrd died, an honored man, honored by the dems for his service to the KKK…one of the leaders for decades of the KKK.

Let’s see the list of dems that dabbled in the KKK:
Truman, president
Hugo Black, justice
Byrd, senator
Theodore Bilbo, senator
Bibb Graves, Gov.
Clifford Walker, Gov.

KKK born from the democrat party, and one of their most powerful members, the honorable Senator Byrd…and he was praised for that service at this funeral by Bill Clinton…and others of the dem party.

Facts are tough…sorry you have to hear it…democrats are the party of racism, always have been, always will be.

Want blacks educated? Choice of schools, but the dems block it every time it comes up for a vote…that alone shows they do not want the black society educated…you are part of that racism, you support keeping that segment of the society in the fields.
George Gordon, Congressman
David Duke
Benjamn Stapleton, mayor of Denver

right2bright on February 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Carly Fiorina skipped her own caucus party, then skipped out of Iowa

Somebody was certainly being a baby.

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM

There are a lot of people who pay their taxes, work hard and don’t get ahead in New England, who see the illegals get made into privileged cases…because nothing applies to them. They are single issue voters, more inclined to vote for Trump than to Ted cruz.

Fleuries on February 4, 2016 at 3:43 PM

The irony, Trump wants to make the legal, and stay on the system…he has not intention of deporting them.

He removed that from his website…no deportation, it was all a ruse, and it worked…still working.

right2bright on February 4, 2016 at 3:51 PM

GOPers who ridicule trophies for showing up, self-esteem hooey and gender politics want to let Carly into debate. How about earning it?— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 4, 2016

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

MKH is a liberal. She’s chosen to take Trump knowing he can’t fight back. So transparent. Frothing Trump hater Guy Benson giddy over the questions they’re coming up with. Gee. I wonder what they night be. They would never as a conservative like Tantaros to do this. It has to be an acceptable, moderate (liberal) republican like Hugh Hewitt or any other SALEM Romneybot to do their bidding.

AmeriCuda on February 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Quite frankly, I’m a little worried about putting Trump in her line of fire. Based on his history, he’s exactly the kind of person who would resort to the lowest of the low if MKH asks him a question he doesn’t like.

Not right there on the debate stage, of course, but his retweets… *shudder*

KingGold on February 4, 2016 at 8:24 AM

I hope he does. MKH can handle it, first of all. And any such attack would have the advantage of showing Trump’s piggishness to a wider audience.

Even better: MKH works as a contributor for FNC, so Trump’s usual apologists on Fox wouldn’t dare defend him. Trump-loving idiots like Judge Jeanine, Bolling and Tantaros would be silenced. If they dared to join Trump’s criticism, both the viewers and FNC management would eat them alive.

NealK on February 4, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Every country on earth is trying to find the right balance of capitalism (for dynamism) and socialism (for stability). We’re pretty far out to the capitalism side and so we’re slowly (and barely) moderating towards socialism. Communist countries were very far to the socialism side so they’re moderating towards the capitalism side.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

And while ideological and naive “Liberals” sip their mocha latte and muse about Che, the obvious escapes them, totally.

America is failing. It’s more violent, more divided and has a lower quality of life almost totally across the board, and it continues to get worse. Now we need to add the massive debt Obozo has left us with, our foreign policy in shambles, the rule of law a laughing stock, race relations at their lowest point in decades, etc. etc,

So we see hard evidence that the “Liberal” policies are ruining this country. At what point do we admit that the point of “balance” you speak of is a lot further to the free market side than “Liberal” ideology has led some people to believe?

KMC1 on February 4, 2016 at 5:04 PM

I suppose I could have provided more CLARIFICATION … but, I somehow didn’t perceive the necessity for it, before reading your 12:54 PM comment.

The “conservative” position is that the provision for a military “machine”/infrastructure has always been a Constitutional duty of the Federal Government, and as such should always be a FOCUS of the Federal Government.

listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Fine but you’ve now sacrificed the absolutist position you started with. The rest as they say is merely haggling. You think that taking care of people isn’t a legitimate focus of government but shoveling money at defense companies is. I think that’s a very easy position to attack and will not automatically win the presidency as you stated.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Congratulations to HAM

SpongePuppy on February 4, 2016 at 5:06 PM

America is failing. It’s more violent, more divided and has a lower quality of life almost totally across the board, and it continues to get worse. Now we need to add the massive debt Obozo has left us with, our foreign policy in shambles, the rule of law a laughing stock, race relations at their lowest point in decades, etc. etc,

So we see hard evidence that the “Liberal” policies are ruining this country. At what point do we admit that the point of “balance” you speak of is a lot further to the free market side than “Liberal” ideology has led some people to believe?

KMC1 on February 4, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Your ‘hard’ evidence is all false. Our society has been getting significantly less violent over the last several decades. Quality of life has continued to improve. Our government has become highly partisan but that’s driven by the civil war within the GOP which has resulted in the purging of moderate republicans. Our debt is very much under control and the deficit has collapsed as our tax base has recovered from the great recession. Our forign policy has had some major accomplishments lately with rapprochement with both Cuba and Iran. The middle east is a mess, sure, but that was an inevitable result of the Iraq war. The rule of law is fine, you just need to stop believing in various conspiracy theories. Race relations have been hurt by the enormous racist freak out the right had to Obama’s election, but you know you have complete control to stop behaving that way.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

MKH is a liberal.

AmeriCuda on February 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

No. She is not a liberal. Everyone who doesn’t jump up and down for your candidate is not by default a liberal.

I swear, the collective IQ of HotAir has dropped 30 points so far during this primary silly season.

Children do less empty name-calling.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Our government has become highly partisan but that’s driven by the civil war within the GOP which has resulted in the purging of moderate republicans.

I’m sure it had nothing to do with the “deeming it passed” charades of Pelosi and Co., and the hyperpartisan jam-down that is called PPACA. Nosirree! No partisanship there.

The rest of your post is only more ridiculous trolling not worthy of answer, so I won’t do you the favor. You make yourself a joke with these transparent attempts to garner response.

That is all.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2016 at 5:25 PM

If Mr. Trump thought Megan Kelly was “difficult”…

Whoooo-eeeeee!

He’s gonna crawl in a hole, and pull it in after him!
Yay, MKH! :D

ReggieA on February 4, 2016 at 5:28 PM

I’m sure it had nothing to do with the “deeming it passed” charades of Pelosi and Co., and the hyperpartisan jam-down that is called PPACA. Nosirree! No partisanship there.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2016 at 5:25 PM

The PPACA had months of debate, and multiple votes. You guys keep trying to pretend it was jammed down your throats but it wasn’t, at all. Obama tried basically everything to get you to sign on to your own health care plan and you spit in his face so he went forward with just Dem votes, which we had enough of to do.

Welcome to how democracy is supposed to work and a great example of how you guys completely freaked out about an Obama presidency.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Troll troll troll your boat
Gently down the stream
Spew some shit that just don’t fit
Your living in a dream.

Out.

hillbillyjim on February 4, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Your ‘hard’ evidence is all false. Our society has been getting significantly less violent over the last several decades.

Great! You guys can stop trying to take our guns!

Our debt is very much under control and the deficit has collapsed as our tax base has recovered from the great recession.

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Dear Lord … was that from this mornings propganda?

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Personally I would not sell my soul to the Salem Mafia Group no matter the payment. But then I’m not everyone.

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Personally I would not sell my soul to the Salem Mafia Group no matter the payment. But then I’m not everyone.

VorDaj on February 4, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Or a current HotAir employee. ;-)

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 6:27 PM

While I’m sure she’s a wonderful person and mother, her late husband was best friends with Jose Antonio Vargas and she was very friendly with him as well. Do we really need another amnesty advocate on the panel? Especially one who is ostensibly on our side?

Lamont Cranston on February 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Dear Lord … was that from this mornings propganda?

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 6:17 PM

try this:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-isnt-anyone-talking-about-the-deficit-anymore/

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 7:07 PM

She’s a RINO if I remember correctly.

cimbri on February 4, 2016 at 7:25 PM

While I’m sure she’s a wonderful person and mother, her late husband was best friends with Jose Antonio Vargas and she was very friendly with him as well. Do we really need another amnesty advocate on the panel? Especially one who is ostensibly on our side?

Lamont Cranston on February 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM

NO.

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 7:29 PM

If any Republican candidate would start saying (shouting would be better):
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Government intervention isn’t the solution to the problem … government intervention IS the problem
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…that candidate would WIN the (R) nomination, and the “general”.
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listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 11:23 AM

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I really doubt it. In today’s world it’s be trivial to point at terrorism and say “my opponent thinks the government has no business fighting terrorists, that’s how out of step he is with the world today.”

And having staked out such a ridiculous position your candidate would have nowhere to run.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM
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I suppose I could have provided more CLARIFICATION … but, I somehow didn’t perceive the necessity for it, before reading your 12:54 PM comment.

The “conservative” position is that the provision for a military “machine”/infrastructure has always been a Constitutional duty of the Federal Government, and as such should always be a FOCUS of the Federal Government.

However, the Federal Government does NOT have any Constitutional mandate to provide “Social/Human Services.”

Fighting terrorists who have willfully identified themselves as our ENEMY, and worse yet, have ATTACKED us, should ALWAYS be a PRIORITY of any President, and U.S. Congress.
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listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 3:11 PM

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Fine but you’ve now sacrificed the absolutist position you started with. The rest as they say is merely haggling. You think that taking care of people isn’t a legitimate focus of government but shoveling money at defense companies is. I think that’s a very easy position to attack and will not automatically win the presidency as you stated.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:04 PM

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I’ve “sacrificed” nothing. Providing for a military “machine”/infrastructure doesn’t constitute “intervention” into our private lives, or “shoveling money at defense companies”, unless you’re saying it’s impossible for government to pay ‘private contractors’, without waste or corruption.

But it is impossible for government to provide “Social/Human Services” without the government becoming “controlling” of our private lives … it CAN’T BE DONE.

The ideology of the “old, dead, white guys from the 1780s (that’s ‘Founding Fathers’ to those of you from Rio Linda) as pertains to government, was that the common people should CONTROL the government, and NOT the other way around. I believe maintaining the practice of that ideology to be worth fighting to the death, over.

But I’ll be VERY satisfied if “maintaining the practice of that ideology” doesn’t require me to have to go that far.

listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 8:28 PM

KMC1 on February 4, 2016 at 5:04 PM

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Your ‘hard’ evidence is all false. Our society has been getting significantly less violent over the last several decades.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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I don’t want a “less violent” society, I want a less criminal, less chaotic, less ANARCHIAL (that’s one of two spelling variations that Webster gives) society.
Living in today’s world demands/requires the practice of VIOLENCE.
Violence is not arbitrarily WRONG, BAD, or CRIMINAL, no matter how hard those persons who make their living in the field of “journalism” try to convince us otherwise.

Building any kind of man-made, physical structure will have a tremendous amount of VIOLENCE practiced, during the process.
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Quality of life has continued to improve.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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Advancements in technology aren’t the only measure of “quality of life.”

My own “quality of life” (over the last several decades) has taken a large “nose-dive.”

Now I spend most of my time, stuck at a computer terminal, arguing with the likes of you.

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listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Continuing . . . . .
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Our government has become highly partisan but that’s driven by the civil war within the GOP which has resulted in the purging of moderate republicans.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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HA! . . . . . We’ve only scratched the surface, on that issue.
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Our debt is very much under control and the deficit has collapsed as our tax base has recovered from the great recession.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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You have got to prove that one.
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Our forign policy has had some major accomplishments lately with rapprochement with both Cuba and Iran.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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What “accomplishments”?

We totally CAVED to both of them. We gained no positive benefit/outcome/result from those “accomplishments”.
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The middle east is a mess, sure, but that was an inevitable result of the Iraq war.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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No deal … it was possible to depose/remove Saddam Hussein, without causing the current situation/mess that exists over there right now, to come to pass.
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The rule of law is fine, you just need to stop believing in various conspiracy theories.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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Examples of my “conspiracy theories”, or that was a waste of bandwidth.
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Race relations have been hurt by the enormous racist freak out the right had to Obama’s election, but you know you have complete control to stop behaving that way.
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Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM

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So … you’re implying that we conservatives wouldn’t have had such a “freak out” if either Joe Biden, or Christopher Dodd, or John Edwards, or Mike Gravel, or Dennis Kucinich, or Bill Richardson would have won the Democrat nomination, and subsequently the general election … yes or no?

listens2glenn on February 4, 2016 at 10:42 PM

R2B. Yet youll still hold your nose and vote for him. Take one illegal out of petty cash to work on your yard…..

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 10:46 PM

try this:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-isnt-anyone-talking-about-the-deficit-anymore/

Tlaloc on February 4, 2016 at 7:07 PM

No. Try this: Obama has nearly doubled the national debt since he came in office. He’s borrowed almost as much as all previous presidents combined. Each time there is a budget deficit the national debt grows. The national debt not only includes the money we borrowed, but the interest on that money which is growing exponentially.

Get a damn brain.

darwin on February 5, 2016 at 8:11 AM

The establishment needs to make sure Marcorito gets his supporters on the panel. Megyn couldn’t do 2 in a row.
I’m sure they’ll be putting the Carsongate portion of the debate together ASAP.

steelhawk on February 5, 2016 at 10:20 AM

I’ve always wondered how a supposed conservative person can marry a socialist. I can’t stand having a conversation with them for more than 2 minutes, let alone a lifetime. They just seem so stupid. And it doesn’t just come and go.

steelhawk on February 5, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Ask Rubio why he didn’t vote on the last Trillion dollar stimulus bill

Dollayo on February 5, 2016 at 11:47 PM

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