George H.W. Bush

What debate moderators want

What debate moderators want

The relationship between the Fourth Estate and the Republican political class may feel testier than usual these days. Ever since last month's CNBC debate, when John Harwood asked Donald Trump, "Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?" and Sen. Ted Cruz likened the event to a "cage match," the GOP has cast the media as the Democratic arm of the "axis of evil." At Tuesday's Fox Business/Wall Street Journal-sponsored rumble, the easy money's on the candidates attacking the questioners more than one another.

But — if I may — interrogators are, more or less, behaving as they always have and...