Skip to comments.Byron York: GOP aims to ease bloodshed in 2016 primary debates
Posted on 02/08/2013 9:28:48 AM PST by dirtboy
While we were playing footsie debating each other 22 times, they were spending $100 million on technology, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said recently, referring to his partys rigorous debate schedule in the 2012 GOP presidential primary season. The last campaign, many Republican insiders said during a recent RNC meeting, had too many debates, the result of which was a GOP arguing with itself while Democrats prepared the way for Barack Obamas victory.
Theres no doubt the Republican debates produced many damaging moments for the party. There was Mitt Romneys $10,000 bet offer, which helped cement his image as an out-of-touch rich guy. There were any number of gaffes from Rick Perry, culminating in Perrys painful-to-watch Oops moment. There was Michele Bachmanns HPV vaccine blunder. There were bare-knuckle fights over immigration. And there was warfare between Romney and Newt Gingrich, in which Gingrich prevailed in South Carolina only to be flattened by Romney in Florida. By the end, there was a lot of blood on the floor.
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There were too many debates, giving the opposition and the press.. but I repeat my self way to many sound bites to edit and string together for their own wants.
The article is part of the slapping .... let's have fewer debates -- hell, let's just do away with primaries and settle the nomination in the locker room of the New York Athletic Club, just like the good old days. "Rocky, I think it's your turn this time!" "Why, thanks, Wendell! You're a scholar and a gentleman!"
I’d like to see all of our debates conducted by a panel of Limbaugh, Beck, and Levin and I actually like the way the Huckabee forum worked. It didn’t pit the candidates against each other. In fact the candidates were discouraged from even mentioning each other.
Let the panel of moderators sit down and interview the candidates 1 by 1.
In other Reince words, “we don’t want to confuse our campaigns with any sense of conservatism or differing thought.”
“We need to stick with whomever GOP establishment RINO the elite GOP select, come hell or high water.”
“We think that if we are bland and appeasing enough, some hispanic voter may actually cast his ballot our way!”
“We think that if we try to show ‘feelings’ and commiserate with all the EBT voters, we’ll pick some of them up in the election in 2014.”
We think, we think, we think....problem is they forgot their ideals and foundation of their party. Republican doesn’t mean anything any more except “another frigging politician.”
Yah, good luck with that stifle the grassroots plan. That’s why they didn’t show up to vote R last time around.
Keep strangling dissent, right up until the GOP chokes and dies like the Whigs.
Hey, I have a radical idea, how about limiting participation in the Republican primaries to members of the Republican party? Nah, that’s crazy talk!
First of all those were not debates and should not be so labled. It was a line up for a Leftist media firing squad, with our guys trying to save themselves by blaming one another.
Then their was Newt, who bothered to outsmart them all and carried his own pistol, which he used for all their sakes.
Priebus, a fellow I had high hopes for, has yet again proven what a fool he is by continuing to allow the Media to frame, ridicule and ruin the Republican Primary process. Such reliance on the Media to do the Establishment types dirty-work is illustrative of their leanings.
Flush out the RNC. The septic tank is full...
I disagree that the primaries lost the election. In 2008, Hillary and Obama had a brutal primary and Obama still won the presidential election. This past election had more to do with the candidate the Republican Party placed on the ballot...Romney was not a strong candidate.
(Cold link: It's on Bloomberg, we can't cite, quote, or go to the bathroom because Bloomy's lawyers said so.)
Stop using MSM moderators!!!!!!!
...at least until the candidates learn how to use them as Dem party whipping boys.
“Us big people will take care of it. You little people get lost.”
Have the first primary elections in states that actually vote with the party in national elections.
You nailed it. The disaster was all Romney. And while I do think there are WAY WAY too many debates, like you said, I sure don’t see RP going after Rove. He’s in bed with him.
And Dems didn’t bloody themselves in the Clinton-Obama war? Gimme a break. This is refusing to see the forest for the trees.
I do agree that the debates could be reduced some. There were so many, it was overkill. We have to have enough to allow voters to sort through the options, but not 1-2 a week for six months before the first primary.
Newt’s pistol was a cap gun to begin with, and the effect diminished radically with each shot. Hr sounds like a crybaby to me. Especially considering he’s hooked into the MSM-politician cabal he pretends to attack.
Notice, for instance, how lefties will grant Newt’s intelligence, while the rest of the Pubs and conservative in general are lucky to be recognized as retards. That’s not even to count the Pelosi commercial, which says enough all on its own.
If there was anything wrong with the primary contest—aside from us continuing to let the MSM run it for us, which is a general concern not limited to any particular election cycle—it’s that we had particularly crappy candidates. I like Bachmann and Cain, but they’re not ever going to be president. Perry bombed out of the gate and Newt is merely a zombie of a guy who died in the 90s. Which left us with Santorum, who frankly I don’t get the buzz about, not from the insane lib reaction nor the confused conservative enthusiasm.
Oh, and Romney, who did worse than John Freaking McCain.
Part of the issue is the moderators. Would the Dems ever let Rush, Hannity, O’Reilly, etc. serve as one of their moderators? (Yes...I know O’Reilly is tainted but the answer is “no” even to O’Reilly).
So...why do we line up and eagerly accept moderators that absolutely “hate” the Conservative mind-set?
This is the issue I would love to see addressed.