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Trump Quits as Dec. 27 Debate Moderator

Posted on | December 13, 2011 | 18 Comments

Says he won’t rule out an independent presidential campaign in 2012, and probably still hurt that Michele Bachmann turned him down.

OK, so with The Donald, will NewsMax and Ion network still host the Dec. 27 debate? Now that Trump is out, will the other Republicans now accept the Dec. 27 debate? Or was the whole deal Donald-centric?


18 Responses to “Trump Quits as Dec. 27 Debate Moderator”

  1. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    The short fingered vulgarian is an Obama supporter.

    Here’s last Saturday’s SNL opener again. 

  2. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Gingrich and Santorum should do a Lincoln Douglas debate. 

  3. mojo
    December 13th, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Here’s an idea: how about NO debates for a couple-three months?

  4. Joe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    So we just vote as things stand?  Why not.  What could go wrong? 

  5. Zilla of the Resistance
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    They should hire Robert Stacy McCain to moderate.

  6. Robert Birch
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    Perhaps it should be jus Stacy and Smitty moderating the debate with Vodkapundit bar tending. 

  7. Dave C
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    I don’t get the negative reaction from Trump (aside from Trump’s ego feeding) trying to host a debate. 

    I think Trump would ask better answers rather than having Brian Williams peer down his nose at Rich Perry, asking him how does he sleep at night. 

  8. ThePaganTemple
    December 13th, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    The GOP was scared to death Trump would do something to make their chosen candidate look bad, namely Mitt. They didn’t care how he might make the others looks, unless he made them look good, or at least better than Mitt. That and they were scared to death the candidates would be bullied into going along with something Trump said that would be considered insulting by the Chinese, and the Saudi Aragheadians.

  9. Adjoran
    December 13th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Trump shouldn’t be a moderator for the same reason we don’t have New York Giant fans referee the Dallas Cowboys’ games.  As long as he won’t rule out an independent run next year, he has a dog in the fight and what is described as “an apparent conflict of interest.”

    That said, I doubt he would pull anything biased, for his own reasons.  Trump wants to build his brand, not to damage it, and he both very skilled at it and very conscious of it.  And he could hardly be worse than the lame MSM panels and moderators.

    Which brings me back to my own pet peeve:  WHY are the MSM panels and moderators setting the rules and running the debates for the GOP nomination?  They are on the other side. 

    When Democrats go a cycle with Hannity, Limbaugh, and Brit Hume running their primary debates, we can let Brian Williams back in.  Until then, screw ’em.  Let them broadcast the debates, not run them.

  10. Pathfinder
    December 13th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    I always got the feeling this debate thing was just a bit of carnival barker act to the main freak show, which was the announcement that Trump was going to run 3rd party.

    Consider me thoroughly disgusted with American politics at this point (I was only disgusted a few months ago).  Anyone who might be legitimate is completely ignored, and the people are led to praise of a bunch of Sideshow Bobs.  This is all a joke; our country is in trouble, the rest of the world isn’t in any better shape, and we get these jokers (and we’ll vote for these jokers and support these jokers too because of their electability or their first class temperment or some other ridiculous reason, how sad is that?).  God has a wicked sense of humor.

  11. Anonymous
    December 13th, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    Donald Trump will not make a third party run.  He re-upped his contract with NBC for $160 last July.  He and the network were negotiating the new contract during his faux presidential bid, which he was feigning as a bargaining tactic.  Trump caved when the network told him they would be happy to replace him as host of Celebrity Apprentice so he could run off to play presidential candidate.  

    Trump is beholden to his overblown ego.  The only part of running for president he likes is the media attention and having Megyn Kelly run her fingers through that bird’s nest he calls hairdo.  His ego could not take the idea of Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos taking his platform of Celebrity Apprentice while he is stuck shaking the germy hands of the common folk during the new Hampshire winter. 

  12. richard mcenroe
    December 13th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Christine Amanapour is available.  Or they could hire Ace, and see if Santorum or Gingrich can get a word in through all the screaming.

  13. Bob Belvedere
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    You have to include Jeff Goldstein and Andrew Breitbart.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    BTW: It’s Open Bar, right???

  15. Bob Belvedere
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    He would most definitely ask better questions than the MSM have, but he hoisted himself on his own petard with his clownishness.

  16. Bob Belvedere
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Hear, hear!

  17. Bob Belvedere
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Mrs. Kelly could run her fingers through my thick, gray hair anytime.

    Belvedere For President! – He’s Against Single-Payer / He’s For Single Batch!

  18. ThePaganTemple
    December 14th, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    It would be about like Trump to turn The Apprentice into a vehicle to decide who gets to be his running mate.  Believe me, if anybody could devise a method of resolving the apparent conflict by merging them into cohesive unit, its Trump, who would probably surmise his gaudy, witless show would be better than ten million dollars worth of traditional campaign commercials.