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"So, Senator Sanders, do you think that someone who's profited from the current so-called healthcare system, like John Delaney, is qualified to tell you not to change it?"

is a different sort of question from

"So, Congressman Delaney, won't good Americans run screaming from Senator Sanders' rabid socialism?"

Similarly,

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"Senator Warren, what percentage of federal discretionary spending now goes to militarism and what percentage should?"

is a different sort of question from

"Senator Warren, we've all heard that irrelevant crap about how Medicare for All will cost people less money overall, but will you just admit that it would raise taxes on the Middle Class?"

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Yet, according to David Dayen, "CNN has no politics. CNN has no understanding of politics or policy. . . . The CNN debate was an inevitable by-product of turning news into an entertainment and cultural product."

And Matt Stoller opines in response to a complaint about CNN's rightwing questions: "I don't think this is fair. How else are you supposed to ask questions with someone like @JohnDelaney on stage? Moderating a high-quality debate with a bunch of irrelevant trollish candidates on stage getting time is basically impossible."

Impossible?

Really?

Let's go to the transcript.

This is the sort of rot that is apparently "possible":

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"Just 15 seconds on the clarification. You are willing to raise taxes on middle-class Americans in order to have universal coverage with the disappearance of insurance premiums, yes or no?"

"Senator Sanders, you want to provide undocumented immigrants free health care and free college. Why won't this drive even more people to come to the U.S. illegally?"

"Senator Warren, you make it a point to say that you're a capitalist. Is that your way of convincing voters that you might be a safer choice than Senator Sanders?"

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