Ted Cruz and Ben Carson have been attacking the debate process primarily because they believe they are scoring political points over it, but they are losing in the overall narrative they suggest. Megyn Kelly grilled Ted Cruz' preposterous idea that all debate moderators for GOP debates should be Republican voters.
Cruz: Why is it that we have Republican primary debates that are moderated by liberal Democrats?
As much as he'd love for this to be true, CNBC moderators are not "liberal Democrats" and neither were the Fox News moderators from the first debate.
Cruz said he wouldn't sign onto Ben Ginsberg's letter of demands which makes the Republican candidates look even more ridiculous, but he did suggest a rule change.
Cruz: The one rule change that I think the RNC outta think about is saying that if you have never in your life voted in a Republican party primary that you shouldn't be moderating a republican primary...
Kelly: Let me challenge you on that. Do you have any idea whether Bret Baier or Chris Wallace have ever voted in a Republican primary?"
In a way, Kelly is trying to portray Fox News as being fair and balanced, but she also gets her point across to Cruz.
Cruz said he didn't know. Kelly then described Baier and Wallace as some of the most fair television journalists and pointed out that they could be disqualified under Cruz's proposed rule.
"They could, potentially. My guess is that they have voted in a Republican primary," Cruz responded, adding that most television journalists are "liberal Democrats."
"Would we have to submit our voting records to you or some committee?" Kelly then asked, adding that it would be impractical.
"It’s not complicated," Cruz hit back. "In a primary, don’t have liberals moderating.
When Megyn brought up Tim Russert's name and asked if he'd refuse even him, he hemmed and hawed and then still weaseled out.
These GOP candidates are making themselves seem smaller and even pettier than usual over these complaints.