I’m sure most of you remember the lead up to the 2012 presidential election, particularly the GOP primary. Talk about a circus. I’ve never seen a primary where essentially every candidate was at some point a “favorite.” Partially because almost every candidate was equally as crazy and mostly because Republicans were searching for anyone but Mitt Romney.
Personally, I loved it. Watching the GOP primary debates was pure comedy for me. At times I’d watch them thinking to myself, “Are these really the best people the GOP has to offer?” When I call it a circus, I’m really not joking. I felt like I was watching a bunch of clowns performing in an actual three-ring circus.
Many within the Republican party quickly denounced the 2012 process, essentially saying that their candidates faced too much exposure – which hurt them nationally.
Think about that for a moment. Many Republicans really felt that the more exposure their party got on national television, the worse it was for the GOP. Basically meaning that the more the American people got to know Republicans and their candidates, the more Americans didn’t like them.
The reality was that it wasn’t just the candidates that voters didn’t like, it was the entire conservative ideology. During the primaries Republicans have to pander to their base of voters, so true conservative ideology was on full display. And the more the American people heard them talk, the more they realized how ridiculous their policies would be.
Well, it seems the Republican National Committee agrees. They’ve decided to drastically shorten their primary season, reduce the number of primary debates and even hold their convention earlier in an attempt to limit the
beating exposure their candidates receive before the general election period begins.
Basically what the RNC is saying to me is, “Look, we know the more the voters see us on national television trying to pander to conservative voters, the less likely they are to support us in the general election. So this is our attempt to limit that exposure in hopes of lessening the damage national attention has done to our candidates in the past.”
Let’s also not forget that Republicans have lost the popular election in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections. As I’m sure most of you are painfully aware that George W. Bush was “elected” president even though he lost the popular vote. Some say the electoral vote as well, but that’s a debate for another day.
This seems to be a desperate Republican attempt to end that trend.
Honestly, to drastically limit the exposure your candidates get because you know that the more voters hear from them the worse it is for your party? That’s just sad.
Sure that’s not what Republicans are saying is behind this, but I think it’s pretty clear that 2012 was an absolute disaster for their candidates. By the time Mitt Romney won the primary battle he had made so many gaffes and idiotic comments that President Obama didn’t have to do much else but play reruns.
I guess we’ll see how it plays out come 2016. Will this gamble by the GOP pay off? Personally, I don’t think it matters. No matter what they do, Hillary Clinton’s going to wipe the floor with them.