Sunday, February 14, 2016
The CBS debate on Saturday night was terrible. Worse than the last one. Worse than the CNBC debate. Reince Priebus used the event to raise money for the RNC bureaucracy, selling tickets to millionaire donors who booed and hooted and acted worse than middle schoolers.
Republicans were trashed in debate after debate in 2008 and 2012. They begged the party to put out the fire. The RNC threw gasoline on the fire. The debate moderators were by and large clueless about what Republican issues are. Instead of focusing on policies, each debate seemed to have a moderator or two who focused on the personalities. The exception being CNN and Fox Business News.
In the last two debates, the RNC scalped tickets. Candidates received only 20 tickets each in a hall that seated 1,900? That raised money for the RNC bureaucracy, but it also led to a night of horrors for the party.
The public sees the debates. Democratic debates are courteous, respectful and focused on the issues.
Republican ones are WWE.
You cannot blame any one candidate for that. The bickering is all around, punctuated by an RNC audience that drowns out answers from the candidates.
Reince is a glad-hander who raises a lot of money so the RNC money-raising machine can continue to raise money. They will not fire him. The RNC measures his success not in how well Republicans do, but how much money he raises. I guess losing is the optimum find-raising mechanism for the RNC. Certainly the RNC does not care how bad these debates look to the public.
I will vote Republican in November, but only at the state level and below. In the first two years of Republican control of the state legislature in 82 years, Republicans have delivered. On the national level, it is just a bureaucracy content on second-class status. Let the losers lose then.