"He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace."
Last night's AWFUL G.O.P. Presidential "debate" reminded this website of the early-2000's television show "Elimidate."
The premise of the show was to have either 4 men competing over one woman or vice versa.
Whenever 4 men would compete over one woman, the results were predictable. During the opening round, the overwhelming majority of the guys would act cartoonishly hyper-masculine in a lame attempt to "out-alpha" each other. Meanwhile, the quietly confident guy ALWAYS made it to the second round.
In the awful "debate" last night, the overwhelming majority of the field tried too hard to impress and jockey for position. In doing so, they seemed desperate and pathetic. Position in the polls did not matter. Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina were just as terrible as Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee. Against this backdrop, the only candidate with the good sense to keep his mouth shut was Ted Cruz.
As Neil Strauss explained in his 2005 book "The Game":
Where the other guys on the show tried to suck up to Allison, Grimble leaned back and acted as if he were the prize. Where the other guys bragged about how successful they were, Grimble took the advice of his new guru and claimed to be a disposable lighter repairman. He made it past the first elimination.One of the most challenging tasks in politics is to avoid a rigged debate. Last night, CNN successfully provoked a "GOP Wrestlemania" among the overwhelming majority of the candidates. Ted Cruz was the only candidate who didn't play along.