The Clown Debates

After traveling last week, I'm just getting caught up on some of the news--like Donald Trump moderating a GOP debate. Ron Paul is displeased:


Paul's campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, distributed a scathing press release saying that Trump's participation "is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office's history and dignity." 

"Mr. Trump's participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like," Benton said. 

Benton called the choice of Trump as a moderator "wildly inappropriate" and said his presence at the debate will "contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere."

This strikes me as almost certainly correct. Trump of course is pissed calling Paul "a joke." For Trump it's all headlines and dollar-signs.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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