The Republican Party is shaking up the way future presidential debates will play out, announcing that GOP candidates might not take part in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
In a letter to the CPD dated Thursday, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel stated that the RNC will “…initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates.”
The scathing document cites the continued failure of the CPD, which considers itself nonpartisan, to address RNC concerns about the Commission’s credibility and internal political bias following the 2020 presidential debates.
“The RNC’s concerns strike at the core of whether the CPD credibly can provide a fair and impartial forum for presidential debates,” McDaniel wrote. “The CPD’s failures, which the RNC has outlined, are fundamental.”
For years, the Commission on Presidential Debates has shown bias against Republicans.
Since they continue to stonewall commonsense reforms, the RNC is leveling the playing field to make debates fair for future nominees.
See our full letter below. pic.twitter.com/GwrCfz29dV
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 13, 2022
According to the letter, examples of said failures include:
• Waiting until after early voting had already begun to host the first presidential debate;
• Making unilateral changes to previously agreed-upon debate formats and conditions, in some cases without even notifying the candidates;
• Selecting a moderator who had once worked for the Democrat nominee, a glaring conflict of interest; and
• Failing to maintain the organization’s strict nonpartisanship, with a majority of its Board Members publicly disparaging the Republican nominee.
While the call for a boycott is viewed as a welcomed move by Republicans, the liberal media was quick to respond in what is now a predictable manner: They panicked.
The ever-exhausting Joy Behar of “The View” offered this half-hearted taunt: “Are they afraid that their candidates can’t keep up?”
Are they afraid that their candidates can’t keep up? https://t.co/u7akkzQoDG
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) January 13, 2022
Columnist Tim O’Brien sidelined the substance of the letter while blaming “Republicans’ apathy” and mumbling something about “transparency.”
Another example of Republicans’ antipathy toward public institutions and civic processes leading them to just…walk away. Doesn’t bode well for accountability or transparency. https://t.co/cyttc6eGMN
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) January 13, 2022
And, in an unhinged rant, Dr. Jason Johnson stated that the GOP has “…given up all pretense of being a part of the Democratic process and only exist as a vehicle to restore Trump to power through violence or malfeasance.”
The GOP is no longer a governing party and news outlets should stop using that term. They have given up all pretense of being a part of the Democratic process and only exist as a vehicle to restore Trump to power through violence or malfeasance https://t.co/bMbpumzJZW
— Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) January 13, 2022
Of course, none of these hysterical assertions appear to be based in fact, nor do they address the legitimate concerns and fundamental necessity of unbiased debate rules and impartial moderators, but that didn’t stop CNN’s White House correspondent, John Harwood, claiming, “this would represent withdrawal from reality.”
In truth, the RNC proposals set forth are, according to McDaniel, “…common sense solutions for an organization whose unique, nonpartisan role in American elections requires it to stand above the political fray.”
The bottom line?
“The RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential nominees have the opportunity to debate their opponents on a level playing field,” McDaniel wrote. “So long as the CPD appears intent on stonewalling the meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and nonpartisan actor, the RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere.”
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