It appears many Democratic candidates are afraid of a debate because it’s hosted by (gasp!) Fox News. Besides their reasons being absurd, this decision reveals problems with their character as Jay Leno humorously points out:
Jay Leno: Well, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards as well as a number of other Democratic candidates say they will not participate in a presidential debate next month because the debate is on Fox News and Fox News is biased. Well, how are you going to stand up to terrorists when you’re afraid of Fox News? [audience laughter]
Leno goes for the laughs, but has a point. It’s well-documented most media leans left and is biased toward Democrats, so on debates hosted by CNN, CBS or MSNBC the candidates would naturally feel as if they’re on their own “home turf”. But to stay away from Fox because they claim they’re biased? What they really mean is they might have to answer tough questions, and the one thing a candidate doesn’t want to do is answer questions.
We’d venture a guess these Democrats won’t be interested in the Nine Nineties in Nine pledge either. Any real candidate (from either side of the isle) should join the Nine Nineties in Nine debate pledge; the country would be much better off with a real discussion of the issues, conducted in a dignified, civilized way. (Rudy Giuliani is on board, why not the rest of the candidates? If you’ve got good ideas, we’d think a candidate would be motivated to get their ideas out.)
But Leno is correct, if you’re afraid of a debate hosted by Fox, are you qualified to handle tough political situations where the opposition is much more hostile? We think not.