In the days following the most recent GOP Debate, the 189 Republican presidential candidates have decided to end their relationship with NBC over what they believed to be unfairly difficult debate questions, and have since decided that they would like to set the terms for forthcoming debates. Their demands include, among other things, not being able to show empty podiums while candidates are taking bathroom breaks, and ensuring that the the air conditioning is turned full blast so no one breaks a sweat.
The demands have gotten so bad that even Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is making fun of the GOP field:
They want all the candidates to receive similarly substantive questions, no so-called lightening rounds of questioning. Approval of any onscreen graphics aired during the debate. Oh, yea, that’s going to happen. The networks should commit that they will not ask hand raised questions, yes or no questions, allow candidate to candidate questions. And then maybe, like a foot massage or like a little (she rubs her neck)
Barack Obama weighed in on their whininess, as well:
“They can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators?” I mean, let me tell ya, if you can’t handle, if you can’t handle those guys, you know then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
It’s much funnier in the delivery.
The best excoriation, however, comes from Trevor Noah and The Daily Show. Noah successfully rebuffs all the GOP talking points, from the fact that CNBC offered no “substantive” questions to claims that the Democrats were given nothing but softballs. He further suggests that the Republicans are trying to baby-proof the entire system. “Republicans, toughen up. If you’re trying to become the President, you can’t be afraid of tough questions. Because that’s all the president does. How do you think that, in eight years, the president went from handsome junior Senator to black Crypt Keeper?”