For the benefit of those who are new to this blog, let me repeat: I'm politically neutral. I vote for the person, not the party; and in the current Presidential election campaign, I'm not a supporter of any particular candidate. I share the concerns of many concerning Donald Trump's potential to make a good President, but I also concede that he's at least unlikely to be worse than any of his rivals for the office. In many ways, his business experience is likely to prove an advantage. What's more, he's never given up. He's endured bankruptcy, slander, virulent opposition and much more, and kept his head. When the dust settled, he was still on his feet, and he's always bounced back from failure. A Presidential candidate could have a lot worse track record than that.
That said, I'm amazed that he plans to participate in the debates with his opponent when this sort of report comes out.
The men and women who run the supposedly “nonpartisan” Commission on Presidential Debates have put their money where their mouths are — and it all has gone to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The amount of money is small by the standards of a modern presidential campaign, but it is one-sided. A pair of Ph.D. candidates at Stanford University examined campaign finance reports and found that all of the $5,650 in contributions that commission members have made to presidential candidates during this election season have gone to Clinton.
Republican Donald Trump, who will meet Clinton in the first debate a week from Monday, received no donations from debate commission members.
There's more at the link.
Mr. Trump, if you know that every single one of those organizing the debates supports your opponent, you can't possibly expect fairness from them - or from your opponent, or from the press, who've made their own partisanship blindingly obvious. That being the case, why stick your head into the lion's mouth? Why debate at all? Why not plan other functions, rallies or whatever on those nights, and make your case to the electorate in a forum that won't be riddled with bias, preconceptions and negativity?
Or am I missing something?
On the subject of Mr. Trump's support, I'm more and more wondering whether all the opinion polls aren't understating it dramatically, at least in some states. Borepatch noted this morning that in Frederick County in Maryland, his support appears to be surprisingly strong. I'm hearing the same thing from friends and acquaintances in a number of other states.
An unexpected, unlooked-for Trumpalanche, perhaps? One does wonder . . .