Whatever cuts down the number of debates, frankly.
The Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution here Friday to not partner with NBC or CNN on 2016 primary debates if they air Hillary Clinton projects.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus got an extended standing ovation from cheering state chairmen during the party’s summer meeting for spearheading the push.
“We’re done putting up with this nonsense,” he said. “CNN and NBC will just have to watch on their competitors’ network … The media overplayed their hand this time.”
I’d advocate Thunderdome if I thought that it would help. Seriously, though: it needs to be made clear to all of the serious candidates that what Reince Priebus and the RNC is doing resonates with a very large swath of the Republican party. The Media went gunning for the GOP in 2012 with those debates. They did everything that they could – which turned out to be a lot – to savage our candidates. The Media, in fact, hates the Republican party, and wants us to die in a fire.
Would-be candidates – and state parties – need to keep this in mind. The tolerance of the Republican base for shenanigans is as low as it’s been for some time. So this is not a hill for the Establishment to die on; and I suggest that the Establishment take the hint.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Just to be clear.
- If you’ve never held public office of any kind, don’t run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016.
- If you haven’t been in office for more than five years by 2016, don’t run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016.
- If you have never won re-election, don’t run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016.
- If you’re just running to highlight a problem, don’t run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016.
- If your campaign strategy can be described as ‘unconventional,’ ‘radical,’ or ‘risky:’ don’t run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016.
- If you’re a member of Congress… go ahead and run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016. Just… don’t quit your day job.