JIM CREES: For Heaven’s sake, stop whining!

Last week I wrote about the GOP’s problem with moderators during the last debate. I agreed the questioning at many points was silly, and stated clearly my belief that these debates were and are a waste of time.

Then ... the whining started in full voice.

For weeks now, GOP candidates and their supporters have been sniffling and grumbling about the bullies in “The Media.”

Oy. Poor babies.

These folks — all hoping to be the head of the free world with a need to face down Putin on the horizon — are just getting picked on so badly. It’s just not fair!

Sen. Ted Cruz accused “The Media” of pushing for a rumble between candidates. Marco Rubio called “The Media” the handmaiden of Hillary Clinton, and even Donald Trump is fully invested in “The Media” bashing calling reporters out for their “ridiculous questions.”

Campaign representatives rushed home to mommy and daddy — the Republican National Committee — to whine about the people “picking on me.”

Some, like Ben Carson want a new debate format.


OK. Let’s consider the situation.

Republicans, not unlike most Americans, believe in a free-market economy. They promote the idea of a free market at almost every turn.

To wit, just as you make a conscious decision to buy a Buick or a Ford, so a grown up, adult person — even a political candidate — should be able to decide whether they want to be involved in a debate or not.

If you think you’re going to be abused or maligned by “The Media” ... don’t go!

If you think the debate format is unfair ... don’t be a part of the show!

If you think the moderators are going to be against you from the git-go ... don’t give ‘em the pleasure.

If some reporter asks you what your favorite color is ... wait for the substantial question, or move on. You don’t need to answer.

You aren’t beholden to these people. Nobody is forcing you to deal with “The Media.”

You can always say “No!”

But for the love of everything that is holy ... PLEASE stop whining.

It’s belittling, demeaning, and diminishing.

If you can’t deal with a softball like me, how the Hell are you going to deal with a hardball like Putin!?

AND ... if you want to avoid the stupid questions, try not making stupid statements that demand follow-up questions.

Don’t make up stories about how tough your life was and what a gangsta you were.

Don’t declare the Joseph build the pyramids to be grain silos.

Don’t hang out with homophobic pastors who advocate the death penalty for gays just because you’re pandering to a rather scary “base” (at the National Religious Liberties Festival in Iowa last week.)

Don’t say things like “... any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief” (Tom Cruz) without expecting to be called on such a ridiculous statement. (Oh. And by the way, since Muslims begin their day on their knees in prayer, I suppose Ben Carson — by the Cruz definition — could now support a member of the Islamic faith for president!)

Don’t say the United States is a “Gestapo nation” and you won’t get called on your stupidity.

Don’t say abortion causes breast cancer and expect silence from “The Media.”

Don’t claim “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so” without expecting some push-back. (Rand Paul) 

Don’t say “Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries” without some reporter asking what the heck you meant. (Marco Rubio)

Don’t expect to say “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful” without at least a few questions concerning your ability to be president coming from “The Media.” (Donald Trump)

Don’t tell a female protester “You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart” and expect to be given a free ride by “The Media.” (Chris Christie)

Don’t pretend you were misquoted when you say “Immigrants are more fertile — and they love families!” (Jeb Bush)

And don’t expect reporters to believe you don’t know what “wiping a computer clean” means. (Hillary Clinton.)

Don’t expect a free ride from “The Media.” And if you can’t deal with questions — on the road or on a debate stage — don’t. Just don’t.

But don’t whine, you sad, sad little puppies. Don’t grouse. Stop bellyaching.

As the last man’s man to be president (Harry Truman) once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”