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Brian Beutler on why Dem debate likely to draw few viewers: We good people are so boring

October 13, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:


Viewers likely to switch to “Storage Wars”

So, of course, the ever-Dem-supportive media have come up with an imaginative narrative to explain why the viewer numbers tonight are expected to be in the snooze range: The GOP is the party of racists, homophobes, xenophobes, haters of the poor, and religious bigots–and we all know that evil is immensely entertaining. The Dems, by contrast are the good people: smart, responsible, caring, sober, and thus kind of boring.

Exhibit A: Brian Beutler, writing for The New Republic in a piece hand-tippingly titled “The Adults Take the Stage in the Democratic Debate.” There, Beutler trots out so many Republican strawmen that I can hear a chorus line of them belting out “If I Only Had a Brain.” 

“But even absent Trump, Republican primary debates would probably draw bigger audiences than their Democratic counterparts. It isn’t wrong or biased to say that Democrats make comparatively boring television. But that isn’t a strike against Democrats, either. It’s a reflection of the fact that the Republican Party, unlike the Democratic Party, is dominated by reactionary voters, which makes its candidates prone to saying or doing outrageous things out of a sense of necessity.

“A similar dynamic prevailed in 2012, even absent a uniquely incorrigible figure like Trump on stage to channel the modern right-wing Id. The GOP primary debates back then teemed with anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and homophobic sentiment. On different occasions, conservative audience members booed a gay soldier and cheered the proposition that the uninsured poor should be left to die.”

Leaving the poor to die! That’s Republicans for you!

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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