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Forum Post: RNC Votes To Ban CNN/MSNBC Debates – Which They Have No Power To Do

Posted 4 years ago on Aug. 19, 2013, 5:57 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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Today Priebus made good on his threat by shepherding a resolution though the RNC’s annual meeting that declares that they “will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor.”

Fun Fact: How many GOP primary debates did the RNC sponsor in 2012? Answer: Zero There were twenty debates held and not a single one was sponsored by the RNC. However, every debate on Fox News was sponsored by a state Republican Party affiliate. Also notable is that MSNBC held a debate co-sponsored by the Reagan Library, and CNN held debates co-sponsored by Tea Party Express, the Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute.

There is, however, a small problem with the Priebus declaration. The RNC has no power whatsoever to prohibit any debate by an network. Sure, they can pass resolutions that make grandiose claims to authority that they don’t have, but reality trumps their hubris. The truth is that any network can announce its intention to produce a debate. They can invite candidates to participate. The candidates are free to accept or reject any offer as they see fit. Chances are, the second and third tier candidates will accept virtually any opportunity to promote themselves on national television. Subsequently, the frontrunners will be reluctant to let their competitors have the stage to themselves. So the debates will go on with a full cast of characters.

Priebus’ threat, therefore, is an impotent cry for attention.

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[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

When (R)epelican'ts go to debate.

They know they'll be put through a grate.

By those they think of as asses.

Who'll show them as classless.

And boy do they hate that fate.


Can we have all our debates on FLAKESnews this time?

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

So, help me it's like they really live mentally in a fictional parallel universe.

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 years ago

Oooops I missed a word

Is it better now?

Unfortunately they are forcing that parallel universe onto the States.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

Way, way better. :D


[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

It's insane. Gotta love the line up of sponsors, too.


[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

I do too. Disgusting little cockroaches.