DC Trawler

What do you do when people keep applauding a Republican?

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That’s easy. Just ban applause!

The Hill:

Newt Gingrich says he won’t “allow” the moderators of future GOP presidential debates to keep the crowd out of it.

Speaking on Tuesday to Fox News, Gingrich took the opportunity that was denied him at Monday night’s debate, and blasted the media.

“I wish in retrospect I had protested when Brian Williams took [the crowd] out of it because I think it’s wrong,” he said. “I think he took them out of it because the media is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates against the media, which is what they’ve done in every debate.”

It simply won’t do for the common rabble to express approval of that which must not be approved. Besides, why would you want to make a presidential debate interesting? That would bring in more viewers and make NBC more money, and money is bad.

If you think tonight’s SOTU is going to be stultifying, just imagine how much worse it’d be if the Dems weren’t allowed to leap to their feet and bang their paws together every 45 seconds. For some of them, it’s the most exercise they’ll get all year. (Newt is fat too, BTW.)