GOP may be overreacting
Editors Baltimore Times | 8/22/2013, midnight
It was a somewhat dramatic and premature move on behalf of the Republican National Committee to close their recent meeting with a vote to boycott any 2016 presidential debates sponsored by NBC or CNN because the networks are planning to produce and broadcast a mini-series on the life of likely Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton hasn’t announced her intentions yet— our bet is that she’s in— but the RNC may have overplayed their hand and their criticism of the networks. It is actually the entertainment division of NBC, not its news component, which is producing the mini-series set to star actress Diane Lane as Mrs. Clinton. The ideological attack on the networks as promoting the series as a way to help the former first lady is not credible because right-leaning Fox is likely to be part of the production deal for the pending series.
The Republican leadership may regret taking such a hard stand if they have to reverse themselves and try to negotiate debate venues, formats and other debate features with the very networks they have taken potshots at so early in the presidential politics game.
Chairman Reince Priebus and party leaders ought to take to heart the words of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a closed-door meeting— a recording of which was leaked to the Wall Street Journal— when he said, “We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that wants to win.” Very wise words indeed.