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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 9, 2012.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus isn't too excited about watching Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) debate in 2016
You know how losing politicians usually say that if they could only have gotten their message out to more people, they'd have been able to win over the voters who cast their ballots for the other guy?

Well, after a 2012 campaign in which Republicans not only outspent Democrats but had a presidential primary that dominated political coverage for more than half a year, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has a different take. He thinks people heard too much from his party:

Discussing the party’s presidential primary process, [Republican National Committee Chairman Reince] Priebus said he’d also like to see fewer candidate debates than the more than 20 that were held in 2011 and 2012. He also said he wants the party to play a greater role in picking debate moderators and consider a penalty for candidates who attend unsanctioned forums.
Yeesh. Talk about missing the point. If Priebus believes talking about what the GOP stands for hurt Republicans in 2012, the solution isn't to put a muzzle on his party—the solution is to change what his party stands for.

Moreover, I don't even think he's right about the primary debates hurting the GOP. Yes, there were plenty of damaging moments in those debates, but without them, Republicans might very well have nominated Rick Perry. Sure, the debates gave Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain opportunities to become the "not Romney" of the moment—but they also gave Romney a chance to seize control of the race. With fewer debates, Romney wouldn't have had as many comeback attempts. Maybe Priebus thinks the GOP would have been better off with Newt or Santorum, but I'm thinking not.

The bottom line is that getting rid of the Republican debates wouldn't have cured the party of its fundamental problems. It wouldn't have erased the Bush presidency. It wouldn't have stopped Mitt Romney from making his 47 percent comments. It wouldn't have silenced Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock. If Republican leaders think shining a spotlight on their party is bad for business, the problem isn't the spotlight: It's what the spotlight reveals.

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  •  In other words, approach zero unscripted moments (22+ / 0-)

    If it hasn't been focusgrouped beforehand, don't say it.


    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:33:37 AM PST

  •  Yes, but ... (6+ / 0-)
    Yes, there were plenty of damaging moments in those debates, but without them, Republicans might very well have nominated Rick Perry.
    And he might have been a better candidate than Romney in the end, one who inspired their base more and could more coherently attack Obama on the ACA without being subject himself to as many personal attacks.

    It's just that Perry chose to have back surgery too close to when he launched his campaign, and there were consequences.

  •  The more Americans hear directly from Republicans, (11+ / 0-)

    especially Republicans who have not yet learned the all talking point communication method, the less they like them.  Hence the initiative for sending Republican candidates to a special charm school for rape apologists.  He is right; if voters know what Republicans really stand for, they won't get elected.

    We can only hope they are not successful in hiding their true agenda behind talking points and lies.

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:36:25 AM PST

  •  The Citizens United candidate (13+ / 0-)

    Just buy ads. Take no questions, read all speeches off the teleprompter, wave at the crowd, and disappear into Mr. Bus.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:36:42 AM PST

  •  you're exactly correct. (5+ / 0-)

    " If Republican leaders think shining a spotlight on their party is bad for business, the problem isn't the spotlight: It's what the spotlight reveals."

    hence, the desire to reduce the the opportunity for shining that light. when people see into the GOP closet, they gag. since it's clear the GOP can't change, the next best thing is to attempt to keep people ignorant. it won't work, but that's pretty much all they have.

  •  Republicans are completely unable to talk/speak (9+ / 0-)

    HONESTLY about their agenda.

    They KNOW their agenda means the demise of the Middle Class, of freedoms, an increase in misery for the common American.

    So they are fucking monstrous liars.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:37:44 AM PST

    •  We had a Senate candidate in Ohio (4+ / 0-)

      who followed this template of silence — Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel.

      A wholly owned subsidiary of big coal, big insurance, big chemical, the for-profit charter school industry, and the NRA among others, Mandel essentially refused to share his positions on most key issues, being as vague as possible (Exception: he was clearly 100% opposed to ALL women's rights).

      When asked where he stood on a key vote in congress, his spokesman told one of Ohio's biggest dailies that it wasn't his role to have a position since he wasn't yet in D.C. voting on the issue.

      He dodged debates and public forums as much as possible, talked about very little when he did appear other than his military record ("I was a Marine!!!") and attacks on his opponent, our excellent progressive senator, Sherrod Brown.

      His ad campaign was similar: repeating "I was a Marine!!!" ad nauseam and lobbing basely attacks at Sherrod (The Cleveland Plain Dealer's PolitiFact feature awarded Mandel an unprecedented six "Pants on Fire" ratings and another five "false" ratings during the campaign).

      There was some evidence it worked to a degree. People didn't like Mandel, but they had this baseless impression that Sherrod was somehow a terrible senator — and it's likely that many who had no idea what Mandel stood for voted for him simply on that.

      Luckily, it did NOT work to the degree that Mandel got elected.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:56:34 AM PST

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  •  Nice Plan, as "free speech" hasn't enhanced (4+ / 0-)

    their chances.

    As the entertainer who is best known for "You can't fix stupid" also said, "I had the right to remain silent, I just lacked the ability."

    He may have hit the nail !

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:39:39 AM PST

    •  Yep that "You Can't Fix Stupid" (1+ / 0-)
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      AllanTBG

      And having the right to remain silent, but lacking the ability is sooooo on target!

      If they were businessmen running a store, they would be standing at the door insulting customers as they walked in the door...

      Then of course they would blame the failing business on our Kenyan, Secret Muslim, Socialist, President...

      We need them to talk more...

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~

      -7.5,-5.8

      by Oldestsonofasailor on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:21:19 AM PST

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  •  They had too many debates (1+ / 0-)
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    Oldestsonofasailor

    and too many candidates.

    Them pointing that out isn't actually much of a stick to beat them with.

    Remember to kick it over.

    by sprogga on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:40:02 AM PST

  •  Shutting up won't solve anything (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, Hohenzollern

    The next Democratic campaigns can just recycle the ones that won Obama the 2012 election and increased the D majority in the Senate.

    To use a sports metaphor, when you're down by so much in the ballgame, it won't help if you try to stall.

  •  Yer a damned librul Jed! (3+ / 0-)
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    Lilith, Sue B, Hohenzollern

    Wanting an informed electorate! What the hells the matter with you?!?!

    Boy Bush and the Mittster made an artform out of not letting people know what they really stood for. And you want to go and spoil all that?

    Commie.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:41:13 AM PST

    •  didn't Serial Liar Mitt Romney say... (1+ / 0-)
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      Andrew C White

      Didn't Serial Liar Mitt Romney say that he couldn't tell people his positions, because once they knew what the positions were, they wouldn't vote for him?  
      And "silence" on his tax payments didn't work all that well for him with many, whether they were part of the 47% or not; his reported returns just did not pass the smell test, because they really did stink.  

      But on the other hand, I wish that Republicans would just shut up.  And go away.  

  •  The primaries in and of themselves aren't the prob (0+ / 0-)

    Its the candidates that can successfully survive them that do the damage.  The data pretty clearly shows the vast majority of the electorate doesn't tune in till October.   The earlier clown-shows for the rabid partisans have filtered out the electables before the country gets to see them in many cases.  Granted, I'm generalizing here, but again another example of the natl gop not getting what is hurting them.  It's not what the idiots say in May...is that the idiots that survive to October are so useless to anyone other than the ppl who were going to vote for them anyway.

    •  "filtered out the electables"? (0+ / 0-)

      I assume you must be referring to Jon Huntsman, the only candidate who never was in contention at all. How would he have been more electable if Republicans hated him? That wouldn't have compensated for picking up more independents. The entire philosophy of the GOP needs to change before it will ever get behind candidates like Huntsman.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:59:28 AM PST

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      •  GOP would have voted (0+ / 0-)

        for anyone who was not Obama. Huntsman would have been hard to beat, but you're right in that there is simply no way he would have ever won the GOP primary, regardless of how many or few debates they held.

        matthewborgard.com ~ @MatthewBorgard

        by zegota on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:03:02 AM PST

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        •  You both have a point about Huntsman (0+ / 0-)

          but the extended primary season and the debate marathon kept forcing Mitt to publicly go further and further to the right in order to maintain his delegate lead to get the nomination.  That allowed the Obama campaign to help define him as a rabid winger (which I grant he was) and made pivoting back to center (which he was good at appearing to be when he wanted) that much harder.

          If there had been fewer debates and a shorter primary fight Mitt might have been able to get his centrist act together earlier and that would have made for a closer campaign.

  •  They'll be competing against Dems for attention. (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, MaikeH

    Rinse doesn't seem to realize last year was a special case because only one party was holding primaries.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:43:30 AM PST

    •  Yes but in 2016 (0+ / 0-)

      the Democratic primaries are likely to produce a whole lot less Crazy unless the GOP has had some kind of transformative revelation before then. The worst we'll do is someone like Andrew Cuomo, who may be a bad pick but he's not obviously insane. The same can't be said for the type of people that jump into the GOP race.

      I know, I know, you're saying "But Christie .... but Rubio ..."

      But Rand Paul ...

      It's already out there that he's thinking of running. I have the deepest faith in him that he can produce mountains of Crazy.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:02:13 AM PST

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  •  They still don't get it (0+ / 0-)

    As long as R's still consider that there is no fault with their philosophy and agenda and that mere repackaging will put them on top, they will remain easy to beat.  Standing pat with arms folded and saying nothing so nobody will know what they are up to is even better.

    Bene Scriptum, Bene Intellectum.

    by T C Gibian on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:46:05 AM PST

  •  Rubio's combover is getting more and more obvious. (4+ / 0-)

    I think he's missing his sell-by date.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:46:58 AM PST

    •  Yeah, he either has to upgrade (0+ / 0-)

      to a weave or transplant. Alternatively, he could go the Bruce Willis direction, maybe get a diamond stud in his ear.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:45:59 AM PST

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  •  Not. A. Serious. Party. (3+ / 0-)

    That comes from a wonderful anecdote about Charles De Gaulle. During a political spat with Brazil in the 60's, Monsieur Le President is reported to have said, “Le Brésil n’est pas un pays sérieux” (Brazil is not a serious country).

    I have always loved that story because it applies so widely to so many organizations and people.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:50:03 AM PST

  •  rock, meet hard spot (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    D in Northern Virginia, RUNDOWN

    The R's have to stake out more and more outlying positions since going the other way marks them as RINOs - certain political death.  If they were more "centrist", then the old saw that there is no difference between the parties comes into play, and hence voter apathy.

    Isn't that the other side of the "overton window"?

  •  The "Secret Party" (2+ / 0-)
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    D in Northern Virginia, RUNDOWN

    Secret torture sites.

    Secret prisons.

    Secret domestic spying programs.

    Secret plots against the People, the Constitution, and the Republic.

    Now they want to punish a candidate for not keeping enough secrets.  Lemme guess: "Double Secret Probation!"

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:51:15 AM PST

  •  Well, now that Perry seems to be functioning (3+ / 0-)

    without his entertaining wooziness, Pee Wee Priebus should just anoint him imediately as their 2016 candidate.  Do away with debates and a choice of more than one candidate.

    Rick has announced his solution to gun violence.  Actually it's probably his solution to everything he and his enlightened Goopers find inconvenient.

    They who believe they can pray away the gay may believe they can pray away the Democrats.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:51:47 AM PST

  •  Doesn't believe in Santorum/Gingrich? You sure? (0+ / 0-)

    Both in his pinch faced campaigning for "white guy who isn't Steele" and his rise to the position of candidate white guy, Priebus made himself into exactly the creature today's primaries select.

    He's the product of the system he now bemoans, so I think, yes, he does think that a "true conservative" would have won, or invoked the rapture, or started the civil war that his sort consider just as good.

    People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

    by The Geogre on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:53:18 AM PST

  •  As long as Rancid Penis remains the RNC, it proves (3+ / 0-)

    they've learned nothing from the drubbing they got in November and will continue the stupid.

    Everytime that idiot opened his mouth and made false, disparaging remarks about President Obama, independents and even moderate Republicans cringed and considered what a Romney presidency would mean.

    With Rence as their national spokeman, it was not a pleasant vision to contemplate.

    It will be very telling if Rancid is re-elected to his post. Very telling indeed.

  •  Truly - I dare the fractured, radical GOP to (0+ / 0-)

    keep primary candidates from going negative against each other and from candidates' radical messaging as they attempt to reach out to 30% of the voters.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:55:54 AM PST

  •  Ah, they can become the STFU party: (1+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern

    The Socialist-Tweaking Fuckwit's Union.

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:57:06 AM PST

  •  The only thing they could do is shut up (1+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern

    Republicans cannot win broadly on their backwards ideas, they've always known this, hence their "encouraging" less people to vote at all.

    Too bad we're way past the bad publicity part now.

    If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

    by RUNDOWN on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:58:57 AM PST

  •  maybe if we extrapolate this logic, the Republican (5+ / 0-)

    party would be very popular if it totally disappeared .. ?!?

    "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

    by CoEcoCe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:01:50 AM PST

  •  Is it just me, or (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Hohenzollern

    does Rinse My Prius look like an obnoxious little rich preppie who wouldn't know real life if it fell on his head?

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:03:37 AM PST

  •  I don't care if Perry (3+ / 0-)

    was on drain-killer; there no excuses for these morons.  Vote all of them out of office in 2014.

  •  I, for one, couldn't encourage Mr. Priebus (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, Hohenzollern

    more.

    All your Supremes are belong to us. For Great Justices!

    by thenekkidtruth on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:06:39 AM PST

  •  And the "Reince Priebus is clueless" show goes on (1+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern

    and on, and on, and on...

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:09:47 AM PST

  •  On one level (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, Eric Nelson

    The thought that I would no longer have to hear what passes for responsible policy from our conservative politicians, makes me very happy.  

    Unfortunately, voicing their thoughts and positions on various and sundry things is the only way many people will ever be exposed to just how much of a disconnect there is between what conservatives say, and reality.

    "...utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive."

    by patterson415 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:15:29 AM PST

  •  If those debates hurt anyone it was CNN and Wolf (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ER Doc

    and Dick David Gregory and their ilk.  Unsurprisingly, those same debates were gold-plated platinum for the comics.

    For the 2016 cycle, I really want to see the GOP coalesce the stupid for maximum damage:  a series of three hour debates, each one in three parts with elimination rounds, and hosted / moderated by the biggest mouths in their media: Limbaugh, Ingraham, Loesche, Levin, Carlson, Savage, Pam Geller and Alex Jones.

    After each round of elimination the candidates who get voted off the stage have one chance at a "redemption pass" to the next round: splashing Jim Hoft in a dunk tank (but with a catch -- Hoft has to wear a burka, and the contestants shoot live rounds at the dunk target instead of tossing baseballs).

    I'm pretty sure that would make me want to watch, and it would be a helluva lot more informative than the 2012 edition.

    ...and after we get your guns, we're coming for your dildos.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:16:08 AM PST

  •  There were only 20 debates? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brooke In Seattle

    It seemed like we were well into triple digits!

  •  I think Priebus is exactly correct (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BeerNotWar

    The base of the Republican is as George Bush said, the haves and the have mores. By having so many candidates and so many debates they ended up allowing actual Republican voters choose their candidate rather than just allowing their base (the haves and the have mores) to pick a guy. They need to keep their real intentions close to the vest in order that fewer swing voters will discover what those intentions really are. Then they can run a candidate like they did with George Bush who can pretend to be near the middle with catchy phrases like "compassionate conservatism" during the election and then govern from the far right as their base expects. With stricter control of their message they can get their republican voters to pick the guy their base wants as a nominee. Couple that with voter suppression and changing how states assign their electoral votes coupled with gerrymandering and they are a lock for the White House in 2016 and beyond.

    The nine most terrifying words in the english language . . . "I'm George Bush, we're here to liberate your country"

    by TiredOfGOPLies on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:28:18 AM PST

    •  It became a reality show (0+ / 0-)

      Week after week America was treated to "Top Republican!" a new reality show in which a bunch of clowns try to become the GOP nominee for President. Unlike most primary runs, this is one that America tuned into. And week after week America got to see who these people really were. It became impossible for Romney to run away from his statements (or to "shake up the Etch-A-Sketch") like candidates have in the past, because everyone had been watching the whole time.

  •  He DOES Have a Point (0+ / 0-)

    "Yeesh. Talk about missing the point."

    Actually, Priebus DOES have a point -- and a valid one, in my opinion.  There IS such a thing as overkill.  I live in Colorado -- one of the "Swing States" -- and after the conventions, the political ads were wall-to-wall -- from Obama and the Democrats as well as from Romney and the Republicans.  I almost wore out the Mute button on my TV remote.

    In my opinion, Jed Lewison is the one missing the point, not Reince Priebus.  After a certain point, people simply stop listening to the talk to the degree that the candidates aren't even preaching to the choir anymore.  I think that Priebus realizes that the Republicans did not help themselves with the independents because of their raft of candidates during the Primary season.  Speaking as one who voted for Obama, but who is open to voting for a GOOD Republican, I would echo Priebus's sentiments.  Shut the f**k up!  Do some homework as regards your top-of-the-ticket candidates and focus for once on the issues that REALLY matter.  And one more thing:  If you drop all the doctrinaire balderdash and focus on the good of the country as a whole, you might just win my vote in 2016.

    And all of what I said applies to the Democrats as well.

  •  i thought that was the only way they'd win (1+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern

    anything in future.   That has to be their strategy - STFU.

    Take away 47%, Akin et. al., the endless debate reality sit-com, and hey!  

    Still whacknuts, but maybe not so in your face whacknuts.

    "Okay, fine...fer sure, fer sure"

    by tinfoilhat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:38:59 AM PST

  •  This isn't surprising. Priebus is right. (2+ / 0-)
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    Hohenzollern, Eric Nelson

    Republicans hate to be quoted, and if they spreak publicly, they are going to be quoted.

    When someone tells you they are lying, you should believe them.

    by shoeless on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:44:55 AM PST

  •  Perry inspired the base more because (0+ / 0-)

    they are as dumb as he is. They can identify with him.

    When someone tells you they are lying, you should believe them.

    by shoeless on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:53:12 AM PST

  •  Right.... (0+ / 0-)

    Do everything in secret and don't talk about it. Just like your economic backers.

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:19:24 AM PST

  •  So GOP has finally figured out that "putting (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oldestsonofasailor

    ..lipstick on a pig" isn't working out for them - you betcha !

    If Republican leaders think shining a spotlight on their party is bad for business, the problem isn't the spotlight: It's what the spotlight reveals.
    So the plan is to punish republicans that step out of line/off message - for safely gerry-mandered teabaggers(?) - lol - Good luck with that:
    He also said he wants the party to play a greater role in picking debate moderators and consider a penalty for candidates who attend unsanctioned forums.
    Just shut up huh?  and Reince Priebus remains in charge of RNC- good news for Dems :)
  •  Rubio looks, if that's possible, dumber (1+ / 0-)
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    Oldestsonofasailor

    than Joe Walsh, although not as dumb as Allen West, who gets the prestigious "Bag of Hammers" award for 2012, narrowly beating the runner-up, Michelle Bachmann.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:41:13 AM PST

    •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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      Oldestsonofasailor

      Beating Michelle Bachmann in a who is dumbest contest is no small endeavor. My hat is off to Allen West.

      The nine most terrifying words in the english language . . . "I'm George Bush, we're here to liberate your country"

      by TiredOfGOPLies on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:56:00 PM PST

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      •  He asked me to thank the academy (0+ / 0-)

        and wanted to attend the award ceremony, but the restraining order is still in effect.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:16:12 PM PST

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  •  moderators (0+ / 0-)

    and who exactly do they want as moderators...a rotating panel of limbaugh, hannity, coulter, krauthammer, levin, etc.?

    •  They want news readers as moderators (0+ / 0-)

      They do not want journalists or people who sometimes act like journalists as moderators. What they do want are people who will not correct a republican who makes an out right misstatement. They don't want someone who stop them when they don't really answer a question and try to get an actual answer out of them. They just need someone who can competently read the questions and keep track of whose turn it is to lie next.

      The nine most terrifying words in the english language . . . "I'm George Bush, we're here to liberate your country"

      by TiredOfGOPLies on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:53:55 PM PST

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