GOP Changing Its Primary Process Because They’re Scared Of Candidates Saying Crazy Things

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spoke before the California Republican Party on Friday. During his speech, he discussed a number of topics. However, one hot-button topic that he wanted to hit on and emphasize was regarding the party’s Presidential nominating process. He pointed out that the party has planned changes that will greatly reduce the number of primary debates as well as move the Republican National Convention up earlier in the year.

In the 2012 election cycle, the GOP had 27 primary debates between the candidates. Priebus said that the plan is to pare that down to 10. He also stated that the RNC will be responsible for choosing moderators, rather than letting networks or other committees decide. The convention will be moved up to June. His stated reason is so they can have the nominee in place and give the American public a greater chance to get to know the candidate ahead of the election. The last 3 conventions have been held in late August or early September.

Priebus reassured the audience that this wasn’t an ‘establishment’ takeover of the party and an attempt to squelch independent voices within the GOP. However, that is exactly what this is. The Republican brass saw what a train-wreck the 2012 nominating process was for the party and they do not want to give the crazies another potential chance to completely destroy any electoral chances they may have ahead of Election Day. By drastically cutting down the number of debates and having complete say over the moderators, the GOP can control and limit the possible opportunities for embarrassing flubs (looking at you, Rick Perry) or cringeworthy moments (like audience members wanting uninsured people to die.)

This goes hand in hand with the party moving up the convention and nominating process. Instead of GOP candidates campaigning against each other through the spring and summer in an effort to capture the nomination, this completely cuts it off at the end of spring and allows the Republican Party to have a nominee established and in place months ahead of Election Day. Once again, this is an all-out effort by Priebus and the RNC to get a handle on the fringe element of the party in an attempt to keep them out of sight.

Priebus and other GOP leaders see the huge hole they’re in now and are looking for a way to get out of it. While it is still more than 2 years before the 2016 Presidential election, the GOP field looks awful and has the potential for lots of troublesome situations and confrontations. With Tea Partiers like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio looking to get involved, along with the religious right warriors like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, the potential for alienating large swaths of the American electorate is high. That is a very scary proposition right now for the Republican Party.

It is obvious that the powers that be feel that Mitt Romney was hurt as a national candidate by the long primary season of 2012. While Romney was the presumptive favorite heading into the election cycle, the unreasonably high number of debates and lengthy campaigning allowed other pretenders to rise up in the polls. In the GOP’s mind, this inevitably hurt Romney, as he had to take a far-right turn during the GOP debates to compete with all of the non-contenders trying to prove their conservative credentials. This came back to bite him after he grabbed the nomination when he tried to do an ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ and run a more moderate message, as it made him seem insincere and opportunistic.

So now that the GOP has taken steps to stifle the Tea Party in 2016, who will they get behind? With Chris Christie falling by the wayside, which ‘establishment’ Republican will get the full backing of the party? Will it be Jeb Bush? Maybe Bobby Jindal? Perhaps even Scott Walker? What happens if Cruz or Paul take advantage of the small number of debates and short campaign season and end up grabbing the nomination over the more appealing national candidate? What then?

30 Replies to “GOP Changing Its Primary Process Because They’re Scared Of Candidates Saying Crazy Things”

  1. “Perhaps even Scott Walker?”

    I don’t understand the GOP reasoning on Walker at all. Aside from his dreadful views and performance as governor (at least from a Democratic perspective), he has the personality of a damp towel and the charisma of a corpse. Do they seriously think that through a grueling campaign he will be able to interest anyone in anything other than a nap?

  2. The ONE thing that is the most dangerous to Republicans is sufficient exposure for them to show their true policies, colors and nature.

    They are like vampires, they operate better in the dark and crumble under enough light…

  3. Good Luck, Mr. RNC PR BS. No matter who you choose, they will then have a long hot summer to commit enough gaffes to make Mittens look like a real boy.
    Besides, with YOU choosing the networks and the moderators (are we talking Coulter, O”Reilly, and Chris Wallace?) just how many people other than hardcore idiot GOP voters will watch? I sure have no desire to listen to Wallace lob softball questions to Christie or Rand Paul. But hey, please proceed. Maybe when your next candidate is crushed, the RNC will hire someone with a brain as well as a mouth.

  4. The headline on this article made me chuckle. But the truth is, even if they put duct tape over the mouths of these idiots, they would still find a way to offend with rape comments and fumble the ball with minorities and gays and well pretty much everybody in the country other than old white males.

    This will not stop until the moderates in the GOP put their foot down and denounce the extremists in their party. The good news for Democrats is, I don’t think that’s going to happen for a long time.

    #GoodByeGOP

  5. GOP Changing Its Primary Process Because Their Scared Of Candidates Saying Crazy Things

    Hate to be the Grammar Witch here, but the title should read:
    GOP Changing Its Primary Process Because They’re Scared of Candidates Saying Crazy Things

    Otherwise, great article!

    MAG

  6. All this plotting because:
    1. The GOP is inept at governing, inept at ideas, and inept at being “real.”
    2. The GOP cannot let real people see who they are and what they stand for, because they will be rejected.
    3. The GOP is lazy. Instead of putting forth efforts in having real ideas to help all Americans, they slither in the back door, conniving as to how they can win for doing nothing.

  7. This country is like a family and the gop is like the crazy uncle. Every family has one. He is the one you try to keep out of sight at the family functions. The one who is sort of funny and sort of scary. The one you tell your kids to stay away from.

  8. I really hope Perry runs again-He was hilarious in 2012. Republicans in Texas called him George Bush without the brains…

  9. Reince, for God’s sake? Lousy marketing, Bubba would have been so much better. That whiny, nasal, uninhibited voice (suggesting received privilege)has got to go, but it can’t, since it’s received privilege–voila!

  10. I agree, out of all the Koch bought wingnut governors I find him the most viscerally repugnant. I could throw up at the sight of his dumb looking face.

  11. Sorry–that “GOP saying crazy things” boat sailed a few years ago.
    It sailed off and docked in Crazyville and there won’t be any more
    cruises.

  12. That’s ok, the best it can do is ensure the worst gets nominated. Unless Rience has already decided on who he wants to run.

    Remember he used to be part of the Walker gang of corruption

  13. Look, it’s a Kobiashi Maru for the GOP. Last time around was a horrific train wreck of clown car shrapnel and bozos splattered all over the landscape. So, reducing public exposure to the primaries would seem logical…

    But think about this: if they ended the primaries at Iowa, “the founders ended slavery” Bachmann would’ve been the nominee. If they went a month longer, it would’ve been funnyman Herman Cain.

    Even if they had somehow managed to end up with Romney sooner, do they REALLY think that giving the public MORE exposure to him acting like an alien/oligarch/android hybrid would have made a difference in the outcome?

    Clearly their only chance is to reprogram the simulation.

    And by simulation, I mean the electronic voting machines.

  14. The changes they propose are only cosmetic, because they still espouse the same stale, reactionary ideology. As appallingly ignorant as the statements of lunatics like Todd Aiken are, they are revealing when it comes to exposing the mindset of the modern GOP. Even without Willard’s pandering to the base, he had serious shortcomings that were too obvious to overlook. He knew little to nothing about everyday Americans, his foreign policy was outdated, and he was rude and condescending–not to mention putting his foot in his mouth every time he spoke. So, I don’t see what good they think they’re doing with these changes since they don’t address their real problems.

  15. The changes they propose are only cosmetic, because they still espouse the same stale, reactionary ideology. As appallingly ignorant as the statements of lunatics like Todd Aiken are, they are revealing when it comes to exposing the mindset of the modern GOP. Even without Willard’s pandering to the base, he had serious shortcomings that were too obvious to overlook. He knew little to nothing about everyday Americans, his foreign policy was outdated, and he was rude and condescending–not to mention putting his foot in his mouth every time he spoke. So, I don’t see what good they think they’re doing with these changes since they don’t address their real problem

  16. My first post here said “The GOP is DYING!” that was about a year ago, and priebus is just making my case, because I always thought if you have a good product you don’t try to limit it, YOU PUSH IT HARD!! remember last year when the GOP swore it was going to rebrand itself and polish up it ”compassionate conservative” image! well what happened? they’ve managed to insult EVERYONE! except WHITE REPUBLICAN MALES, so I guess a leopard can’t change it’s spots. Bye Bye GOP

  17. It’s because they are death-locked into their Conservative Brain Disorder which forces them to always, ALWAYS double-down on anything they are criticized for.

    Once the perfect storm of Barak Hussein Obama arrived, the conditions were set to bring out the hateful worst in the GOP’s nature. As they get called out on it more and more, and they double down again and again, their political demise is assured.

    It’s kind of a lemmings-esque scenario, really. Their self-destruction is programmed into their DNA.

  18. I’m afraid you’re right, Boscoe. I trust those voting machine results about as much as I trust Scott Walker to do the right thing.

  19. It is obvious we have not met the Mystery Candidate that will save the GOP.

    They keep pointing to Obama and saying “he wasn’t even in the running until ……”

    How about Sarah Palin? After she gets out of rehab?

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