Today, we are being told that Air America (AA) is offering to host a debate between the GOP candidates.
Tweaking the Fox News Channel, the president of liberal Air America Radio this morning sent a letter to the chairmen of four state Republican parties, offering to host and broadcast the state parties' upcoming presidential debates.
Agreeing to the debate “would allow Republicans to differentiate themselves from Democrats,” Air America President Mark Green wrote to the Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina Republican chairmen in a deadpan communication provided this morning to The Politico.
In the interest of fairness (something I often get accused of not being), it my opinion they should do it. However, it is very important to note that I do NOT say this just to be perceived as fair. I say it because it is my sincere belief they should.
Many on the Right will say that it could be a gimmick. Or it might be a trap, which is being laid for the specific purpose of blind-siding the candidates. And who knows? They could be right.
I doubt I should need to point out, there is marked difference between AA and FNC. It is one that goes way beyond the ideology and biases. In my opinion, FNC is far more credible than AA. For that matter and with a few exceptions, the vast majority of the MSM news outlets are more far more credible than AA, as well.
But be that as it may, here's why I think they should do it:
1. It - like Mr. Green says - would differentiate them from the Democrats.
2. If it is a trap, it would give people a chance to see once and for all that AA is not a credible source of news and information.
3. It will demonstrate clearly that those in the GOP have enough security in their own belief systems, they will not be afraid to confront the often times outlandish accusations, brought forth by the left-wing fringe of the Democratic Party.
Make no mistake here, I do not hold out much hope this will happen. But if it does, the ball goes back to the Dems' court. It will then, be up to them to face the music. It will, then, be up to them to demonstrate their courage and their security, in their own belief systems. If the GOP refuses and they continue to criticize the Dems for backing out of the FNC-hosted debate, then the hypocritical label of the day belongs to them.