Why Did South Carolina Republican Debate Audience Resemble The Jerry Springer Show?
After the first three minutes of the CNN Republican debate someone has to ask the obvious question.
Did the Republican audience think they were at the Jerry Springer show?
There was no respect from the audience for the way the debate was conducted. John King is a much respected journalist, and CNN is an international news operation. But the cat-calls and whistles while teabaggers stood up and acted like they had never been allowed out in society before makes me wonder what the threshold must be to get a ticket for one of these debates.
What is it with these people?
Those in attendance Thursday night, by and large, were clearly in the market for a bridge at a low-cost. When Newt Gingrich’s zipper problem and unfaithfulness from his three marriages was made into a question one would have thought John King was asking if the slaves should be freed. The crowd erupted in horror and loud dismay. They were ready to be conned–in fact– begging to be taken for fools.
And would you be shocked if the candidates did not play them that way?
Newt Gingrich was able to send the question out over the stands by attacking the media. The very ones who should be reading and watching more are always the first to have disdain for the messenger, and so they stood and chanted Newt’s name and made asses of themselves on national television.
Newt Gingrich was not going to own up to the infidelities he committed, or address the family values that Republicans are always preening themselves over for political purposes. The Jerry Springer-like audience was not about to hold a conservative candidate responsible for bedding women while married, and so stood and nearly wetted themselves with excitement as Gingrich started to sweat into his suit.
The term dim-witted took on a whole new meaning when the audience reacted in the manner it did.
I have sat through many a contentious lecture at the UW-Madison and can attest to better manners and over-all politeness for the events taking place on the stage. But then the crowds at the UW are there to learn something and to become educated about matters that impact society.
Those in attendance in South Carolina for the GOP debate were clearly out for red-meat.
The winner of the debate Thursday night was President Obama.