The ugliest of the hideous face of politics was seen last Saturday night, at the South Carolina Debate. The attacks, the accusations, and the name-calling reached a new fever pitch.

But to my surprise, there was one name that was not called. There was one opportunity missed, both … on the side of the moderators… and Donald Trump.

With the untimely and surprising death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, just hours before the debate … the moderators were busy changing the verbiage of their questions and the candidates, with the exception, perhaps, of Donald Trump, were being groomed on the answers to the expected questions, concerning the possible replacement of the ninth Justice seat on the Supreme Court.

The moderators did not disappoint. The first question asked was who the candidates thought should be nominated for the now vacant seat. That first question was directed to Donald J Trump.

It was obvious that Mr. Trump was expecting some question about the ninth seat, but … while he mentioned two or three people that he might consider and of course, that was more or less just “off the top of his head” at the moment … he didn’t mention the one name that should have been mentioned.

The one question and name that should have been specifically for Donald J Trump, was not asked by the moderator.

I sat there and thought … wow … blown opportunities … on both sides.

The name that I am referring to is Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald’s older sister.

Ms. Barry is the Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Had I been the moderator I would have simply asked Trump that if President would he consider nominating his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, to the Supreme Court. So simple, yet clearly, in my humble opinion, a more relevant question to ask.

Even if asked the general “who” question, I think Trump would have put some rumors to bed had he simply included in his original response … “Now let me tell you who I will not nominate … and why.”

In less than two minutes, the question that is bound to come up over and over, as we get closer to November … due to the recent death of Justice Scalia … would have been answered; and, all the rumors and “scare-tactics” of him nominating his “Liberal Circuit Court Judge” sister … could have been dispelled.

Granted, he has said that his sister would make a great Supreme Court Justice … she is his sister. However, he has also said, in interviews and on video, that he would not nominate his sister. But, as usual the words are ignored unless they can be twisted to mean something entirely different … and, the fact that Ms. Barry is a Senior Circuit Court Judge … will continue to fuel the flames of rumors and scare-tactics.

With all of the name-calling that went on during the South Carolina Debate, this last Saturday evening, this is the one name, Maryanne Trump Barry … that the audience … should have heard.

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Debbie Barth: 2/16/2016 4:35 pm EST
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  1. Good point; never entered my mind….

    • Thank you, Debbie W. Once he is nominated … this is bound to come up, as the election has just become even more important, with the vacancy of the ninth seat on the Supreme Court.

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