Recuse Yourself, Chris Wallace

Tonight will be the last and probably one the most important debates in the season so far. It will be moderated by Fox News anchors, who are, at this point, the real Republican Establishment. One of them will be Chris Wallace and here's what he just said about the man who could well win the Iowa Caucuses:

“Well, and the Ron Paul people aren’t going to like me saying this, but, to a certain degree, it will discredit the Iowa caucuses because, rightly or wrongly, I think most of the Republican establishment thinks he is not going to end up as the nominee. So, therefore, Iowa won’t count and it will go on.”

Notice how Wallace is entirely of the Republican Media Establishment. They (and his boss, Roger Ailes) have decided quite consciously to erase Ron Paul from coverage, or have discussion of him (as with Hannity's dredging up the old racist newsletters as the first item when discussing Paul last night) loaded immediately with scorn, and derision. Notice how Wallace is already spinning a Paul victory as one that would discredit Iowa voters. He's doing that not as an analysis after the event, but as spin before it. He's basically saying that the votes of Iowans do not count in advance if they decide for Ron Paul. Between what Ailes demands and the voters want, there is no contest. You want to see contempt for the Republican voter? Forget MSNBC. Try Fox.

It seems to me that Wallace needs to recuse himself from tonight's debate. A man who is openly backing the Establishment against the possible winner of the vote is not an impartial moderator. He is a tool.