...Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Tuesday night that he is backing out of Thursday's primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa, which will be broadcast by Fox News Channel.
Trump had been publicly mulling the move for a few days, complaining that Fox News host Megyn Kelly, one of three moderators for the event, is biased against him...
...Trump has had it in for Kelly since the first primary debate in August, when she questioned him about disparaging remarks he has made about women with her opening question.
...He said the next day that Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" when she confronted him — a remark that was widely seen as confirming the very kind of sexism she had asked about in the first place.
Some insiders attribute Mr. Trump's reluctance to debate on another dirty "little secret":
The Fix's Chris Cillizza shared a little secret before the last GOP debate a couple of weeks ago: Trump isn't a great debater. Well, here's another little secret: He knows it.
Trump isn't terrible in debates, but he's not as good as he is on the stump, and he's not as good as top rival Ted Cruz. Though he declares himself the winner of every debate, his poll numbers tend to dip after these rhetorical clashes.
I suspect Cillizza is on the right track.
Leading nationally, Trump has little to gain by debating with Cruz and a lot to lose.
Acting intimidated by Megyn Kelly, though, may finally be a bridge too far.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.