George Stephanopoulos: Stalking Horse or Duck Decoy?

I suppose you could label George Stephanopoulos a stalking horse: A stalking horse is a person who tests a concept with someone or mounts a challenge against them on behalf of an anonymous third party. If the idea proves viable and/or popular, the anonymous figure can then declare their interest and advance the concept with little risk of failure. If the concept fails, the anonymous party will not be tainted by association and can either drop the idea completely or bide their time and wait until a better moment for launching an attack. That pretty well sums up the performance of George Stephanopoulos in the recent Republican debate where he was supposedly a moderator, but who came across more like a duck decoy. On the increasingly murky national pond of the Republican debates, George attempted to float an issue that had almost all viewers and the follow-on, deconstructing pundits scratching their heads. Why on earth was Stephanopoulos so persistent on this particular issue? Why did...(Read Full Post)