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No more ‘Waaa!’ from the presidential candidates, please

It is a year out from the 2016 presidential election and still several months away from the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary — time to nip a few things in the bud:

▪ candidates attempting to redirect the conversation and questions that the media and voters want to ask them.

▪ whining candidates.

▪ candidates who think they are in some fruit-basket green room waiting to go to makeup and tickle the ears of an adoring electorate.

We feel like nobody forced you to run for the highest office in the land and camp out in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina building up your smile muscles and practicing tantrum control. You asked for it.

Nobody forced you to have an opinion on everything. That’s your choice.

We don’t much care about whether you think a question is “nice” or not.

Aren’t you running for president?

Aren’t you the person who voluntarily decided to show us how smart you think you are for the cameras and the crowds?

Yes, a majority of the GOP hopefuls in the race recently made fools of themselves by calling a players-only team meeting to bleat about mean mainstream media moderators with anti-right-wing conspiracies.

We don’t need Bernie Sanders telling us when or how often we should inquire about Hillary Clinton’s emails because we have learned from experience that the more we ask about them, the more the story changes and we get closer to the truth.

We don’t need a bunch of GOP candidates vetting questions or dressing down people who ask them — like it or not, this is the American way.

Are stupid questions asked? You bet. Candidate answers present opportunities to demonstrate poise, humanity and civility — not condescending smugness.

One of the first to object to the terrible tone and irrelevant tenor of questioning at the CNBC debate in Boulder, Colo., was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who ought to be reminded of his “Ted” Theodor Seuss Geisel imitation while reading “Green Eggs and Ham” during a Senate filibuster a few years back. Cruz is the same guy who recently inferred his party’s leader in the Senate was a liar.

If you want to be taken seriously, then conduct yourself in that manner and it might happen more often.

President Barack Obama got laughs Tuesday at the expense of the GOP whining about the debate moderators: “Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”

The absent leadership in both major political parties (is there any?) seems loathe to introduce any direction or critique for fear of reprisal. We trust things will sort themselves out soon, or we’re in for a very long campaign of “Waaaa!!!”

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