Echo Chamber

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.

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  • formerlywhatithink

    With that in mind, perhaps the RNC and Reince Priebus should be encouraged.

    They absolutely should be encouraged. Imagine clips of a debate hosted by say, Hannity, where he goes all in and starts asking about the most extreme conspiracy theories floating around and the ensuing bat shit crazy answers from candidates trying to out do each other. That is something I would be quite willing to watch.

  • Sebastian L. Jackson

    Democrats don’t need hypothetical (read: non-existent) voting fraud to destroy the one-party system in its favor. The GOP is doing that for them.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Even Joe Biden might win the presidency if the Republicans keep shooting all over themselves in this manner.

  • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

    and there will be no better demonstration of this than a mock-debate
    featuring only one candidate, the Democratic candidate, opposite an
    empty chair.

    Umm, doesn’t this [stupid and toothless] resolution only apply to the GOP debates?

    passed a resolution barring NBC and CNN from hosting 2016 GOP presidential debates.

  • CygnusX1isaHole

    …refusing to participate in a debate moderated by a neutral party

    ———-

    There’s nothing neutral about the presidential debates.

    The moderators are chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates which is owned and tightly controlled by the Democrat and Republican parties.

    John Nichols of The Nation (Sept. 2012):

    The commission protects the status quo by hosting only a few debates with a narrow range of questions and questioners,

    This year, online petitions by Change.org and UltraViolet.org pressured the commission to select a woman moderator for the first time in twenty years. Commission officials told The Nation that the combine “welcomes” such input, which most observers believe helped force the choice of CNN’s Candy Crowley as one of the presidential debate moderators. But all of the moderators are still white “old media” stalwarts with an average age of 69, and no one expects them to rock the boat. “In order to be considered as a candidate for moderator, you have to be soaked in the sphere of consensus, likely to stay within the predictable inner rings of the sphere of legitimate controversy, and unlikely in the extreme to select any questions from the sphere of deviance,” says Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University. The result, notes a conservative critic of the commission, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, is that “the questions will be the same ones that have been asked and answered a million times. The candidates will respond with the same focus group–tested talking points.”

    Unedited:
    http://www.thenation.com/article/169635/open-presidential-debates#

    • PinkamenaPanic

      “Democrat party”. Righty whore detected and ignored.