With Mr. Trump declaring he will skip the debate, scheduled for Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, the most potentially consequential fight on the campaign trail is not between Mr. Trump and his fellow candidates, but between Mr. Trump and the top-rated cable television news network, which is also one of the most important forces in Republican politics.
I think skipping the debate is a smart move. There have been six Republican primary debates so far, what more are you going to learn from the candidates?
I wonder if Trump and FOX are looking at the long game. Picture this, he ends up getting the nomination and, as nominee, agrees to debate on FOX. Would the DNC be able to refuse it? Remember when they cancelled a debate co-sponsored by FOX?