Yeah true, limiting the number of debates can have an adverse effect on democracy and all, but I think losing gems like this will be the greater tragedy here.
To say that the Republican establishment wants to take the reins of the party once more would be an understatement. Over the past few months the Republican machine has made it clear with big money donations and by backing long time members of the Republican establishment that win or lose, they want to do it on their terms. That goes double for presidential primaries.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) moved Friday to limit the numbers of presidential primary debates in 2016. Members of the committee overwhelmingly passed the measure to penalize presidential candidates that debated outside RNC sanctioned debates. It’s a clear power play by the RNC to assess control of how Republican primary debates are formed.
The RNC went to comment that it was a move designed to take the liberal media out of the “driver’s seat.” Officials at the RNC elaborated that they weren’t too happy with either the coverage or moderators of the 2012 primary debates.
After the 2012 presidential elections, many Republicans blamed fringe right-wing candidates as using the Republican primaries as a platform for their views. Many moderates within the Republican Party felt that these debates forced centrist Republicans, like the 2012 Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, to the far right in a way that was detrimental when he faced President Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election.
While this does not bode well for outside groups like the Tea Party, one thing is for certain, if Republicans are not able to capture the White House in 2016, it won’t be for a lack of effort.