When I watched last week’s GOP debate, I knew the backlash was going to be fairly substantial, but even I didn’t expect the all-out temper tantrum that many Republicans have been throwing since last Wednesday. It’s been so bad that even some of the GOP candidates have actually called out their peers for their constant whining.
Well you can count President Obama as one of those folks who decided to chime in on the nearly week-long hissy fit by turning the GOP’s own attacks around on them.
“Have you noticed that every one of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face,” Obama said. “When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.”
“Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate,” he continued. “Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
While President Obama was clearly poking a little fun, there’s a lot of truth to what he said. A large part of the GOP’s rhetoric against him, especially as it relates to foreign policy matters, has been that he’s weak. Yet many of these candidates, and the Republican party as a whole, have been incessantly whining for nearly a week now – not because the debate was actually “unfair,” as they claim – but because their lies were fact checked on live television. How do any of these candidate crying about the “liberal media” expect to lead the nation or deal with adversaries like Putin when they seemingly got owned by the debate moderators at CNBC?
Heck, frontrunner Donald Trump constantly whines about the media whenever he feels they’ve asked him a question that “isn’t very nice.” Sure, he loves to talk tough about how he would handle Putin or the Chinese, but he’s constantly going off on childish rants on Twitter whenever he feels he was asked a question he didn’t like.
The bottom line is, the GOP is making themselves look like a bunch of petulant children all for the sake of trying to pander to their base. That’s why Ted Cruz is playing up this “we need moderators who aren’t a part of the liberal media” nonsense so much. He’s trying to work conservative voters up into a frenzy, hoping it benefits him politically.
Yet in the meantime, to the rest of the country, the Republican party looks absolutely ridiculous. Even Fox News’ Megyn Kelly mocked the absurdity of the demands some within the GOP want networks to agree to.
I just hope come next November the American people are smart enough to realize that none of the Republican candidates belongs anywhere near the White House.
Watch Obama’s comments below via CNN: