Remember when the Republican party’s post-2012 autopsy report concluded that the party “needs to stop talking to itself?”
Yeah, about that…
The Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution barring NBC and CNN from hosting 2016 GOP presidential debates. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer hailed the vote, conducted at the committee’s summer meeting in Boston on Twitter.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus issued an ultimatum to NBC and CNN earlier this month to drop planned productions about Hillary Clinton or surrender the right to broadcast the party’s next round of presidential debates.
In 2016 the Republican party will have gone from declaring that they ‘need to stop talking to themselves’ to talking to themselves in an echo chamber moderated by a far right Shock Jock.
It’s obvious that this is a ploy to hide their shockingly-bad candidates from the public eye, but it’s not going to work.
First of all, there are things called The Internet and Youtube where video of anything and everything will be publicized whether you like it or not. Secondly, refusing to participate in a debate moderated by a neutral party will display abject cowardice to the electorate and there will be no better demonstration of this than a mock-debate featuring only one candidate, the Democratic candidate, opposite an empty chair.
Attempting to hide the likes of Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul will only further expose how unelectable they are.
With that in mind, perhaps the RNC and Reince Priebus should be encouraged.