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The RNC Wants To Hide Its Primary Clown Car

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 7, 2013

Alex Pareene figures it out:

Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, has told NBC and CNN that they will not be allowed to have any Republican presidential debates in 2016 if they go ahead and air planned films about Hillary Clinton, who will likely be the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. That is the reason he gave them, at least, but it is not the actual reason Priebus wants to not have any debates on those two channels. The real reason, everyone knows and sort of acknowledges, is that debates were a disaster for the party in 2012, an endless circus made up entirely of clowns on a national tour of shame.

But while Priebus would like to see the primary debates go away, the primary candidates would not:

Preibus wants there to be fewer debates, because the debates are hugely embarrassing to the party and damaging to the eventual nominee. The candidates, though, need the debates, because there is nothing so precious as free airtime, and saying stupid things on television and then losing elections is a surprisingly lucrative career move these days. The debate problem is like the Ted Cruz problem: He acts against the long-term best interests of his party because in the shorter term, being an ultra-conservative is likely to make him rich and beloved. When 2015 rolls around a half-dozen would-be presidents and tryouts for the conservative speaking circuit are going to want free airtime, and the networks will happily provide it. The only question is whether the eventual “serious” nominee, if that’s Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, is going to join them or not.

Pass the popcorn! The RNC Clown Car rides again!


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So How Will Republicans Handle This New Orleans Hurricane?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 27, 2012

In a post on soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac, David Dayen states the following:

This has already had a political impact for the leaders in the states affected. Governor Bobby Jindal has pulled out of the Republican Convention, joining Florida Governor Rick Scott (the Republican Governors of Alabama and Mississippi were not scheduled to speak). Jindal had a speaking slot in the 8:00 hour on Wednesday.

More important than that, viewers tuning in for the convention can expect a split-screen of Republicans whooping it up over small government plans in Tampa, while government evacuation and emergency efforts persist to the west in the Gulf. The hope is that all emergency efforts go smoothly and there’s no bad news to report. But thanks to the response to Katrina in 2005, the optics of a Gulf hurricane are now a net negative for the GOP. They will have to deal with that juxtaposition in imagery.

“The optics of a Gulf hurricane are now a net negative for the GOP.” Here’s how I imagine the GOP thinks about this situation:

Option 1. They’ll just do what they did last time and blame the Democratic governor and mayor. Oh, wait — one of those people isn’t a Democrat this time around.

Option 2. They’ll trust everything to work out because they know that the new pumps will work just fine. Oh, wait — those were defective ones made by a company in which Jeb Bush was a business partner. And the pumping facilities still aren’t up to the job.

Option 3. They’ll just do what they did last time and use email smear forwards and other methods to imply (or state outright) that the residents of New Orleans are just a bunch of stupid lazy black people who should never have put their homes where they did and who are too stupid to evacuate themselves properly. Doesn’t matter how often these smears are debunked, the GOP’s racist crazy base will eat them up.

And there you have it.

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Glass Houses

Posted by MEC on August 9, 2008

The hypocrisy is enough to choke an elephant.

As reported by Politico, the RNC is going to attack Barack Obama for having attended a prep school in Hawai’i.

I immediately wondered what sorts of schools John McCain attended, being the son and grandson of four-star admirals after all. Wikipedia informs us that since his father had numerous postings during John’s childhood, John attended about 20 schools … when the family settled in Northern Virginia in 1951, “McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria.”

Maybe the thrust of the RNC ad is that Obama, being a Democrat, isn’t entitled to attend an “elite” school. It’s only okay for Republicans like John McCain and George W. Bush (graduate of Phillips Academy).

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