In action that clearly is seen by most people as a “circle the wagons” defense, the GOP leadership has further restricted their efforts to broaden their base and become a more inclusive Party. A move that will surely hurt their chances to expand their political control, on the national level at least, for the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.
The GOP’s governing body approved a resolution on Friday barring NBC News and CNN from partnering with the Republican National Committee in hosting 2016 presidential primary debates.
Members of the RNC, gathered in Boston for their Summer Meeting voted to bar NBC News and CNN from participating in 2016 debates due to forthcoming projects about Hillary Clinton planned by both network. They approved the resolution by a voice vote.
The resolution states that the RNC would not “partner with (CNN or NBC) in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor.” SOURCE
“We’re done putting up with this nonsense,” announces RNC Chairman Reince Priebus following a vote to ban CNN and NBC from holding RNC-approved primary debates this fall.
This cut your nose off to spite your face move is a reaction to CNN and NBC’s plans to show documentaries about likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. A move RNC chairman Reince Priebus, feels is “an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election,” despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has yet to declare her candidacy or that either network has finalized any such programming.
The GOP has to date pissed off many voters, leaving the white, male christian category serving as their only reliable voter base. By preventing their exposure to those moderates and independents who tend to watch CNN and NBC, the GOP runs the risk of losing yet another presidential election that may be determined by the smallest of margins.
What’s surprising about this move on the part of the Republican leadership is the belief that anyone other than political junkies would be effected by this restraint. Who would waste their time watching this sincere-less performance of presidential wannabes when they can watch better performances from a proposed CNN reality show with traveling chef Anthony Bourdain or the hairmeister Donald Trump’s, The Apprentice.
It’s hard to imagine that there is any significant ad revenue either that comes from these staged events so why would a Party that suffered a blistering defeat in 2012 go out of its way to limit their chances even further just to stick it to these two networks who won’t bend over for them every time they pull their chain. Of course, both networks are always looking at their bottom line so if their over paid consultants indicate they could lose ratings share from these Hillary documentaries, we may indeed see them bend over and polish their derrieres for the Party who often yells the loudest about constitutional rights, but only when it seems to benefit their self-interests.
I hope the powers-that-be at CNN and NBC stick to their guns. Perhaps to further chastise these two networks Priebus and company will bless the viewing public by refusing to inundate those networks with political ads. A move that will surely turn even the most zealous conservative away from their loyalties to the GOP-controlled FOX network for some badly needed relief at the height of the political election season.