Good riddance to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the haughty “nonpartisan” group of aspiring Washington actors who for decades controlled the clashes between the top contenders for the White House.
The Republican Party has warned the CPD that it intends to decommission the commission – demanding that its White House nominee sign a pledge not to participate in its proceedings.
“As long as the CPD appears determined to block the meaningful reforms needed to restore its credibility within the Republican Party as a fair and non-partisan actor, the RNC will take whatever action is necessary to ensure future Republican candidates have that opportunity elsewhere. “said the president of the RNC. Ronna McDaniel wrote to the commission.
This decision does not mean that the party is trying to completely kill the debates. It simply means that the GOP wants the commission excluded, essentially forcing the two candidates to directly negotiate the timing and form of the debates.
But Democrats and the media are now turning against the RNC’s decision.
“It’s hard to see the general election debates unfolding without the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has GOP/Dem co-chairs and has overseen them for over 30 years,” Vanity Fair writer Michael Calderone lamented.
Ridiculous. Debates could of course take place without the CPD, which is tasked with pro-Democrat board members. Both campaigns would just need to negotiate with a network or other organization that wants to organize the debates.
The commission’s co-chairs include Ted Kennedy’s pal Paul Kirk and board members such as former senators John Danforth and Olympia Snowe as so-called token Republicans. Former board members included Caroline Kennedy, Clinton pal Vernon Jordan, former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer, Leon Panetta, former CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, and former White House press secretary by Clinton Mike McCurry.
At the very least, the CPD is authoritarian and incompetent, and at best corrupt.
Former C-Span presenter Steve Scully, who was supposed to moderate the second CPD debate of 2020 between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, was caught communicating with Trump hater Anthony Scaramucci on Twitter. He initially claimed he was hacked, a story the CPD actually believed and peddled until Scully admitted he was lying.
Chris Wallace, known to be anti-Trump, was selected as moderator in 2020 and spent much of the debate arguing with Trump.
When the commission complained that Trump was speaking out of turn during the debate, it responded by threatening to mute his microphone if he tried to do so again.
The debate commission also showed its bias that year by picking debate topics like climate change favorable to the Democrats while refusing to ask questions about foreign policy, which could have tripped Biden.
And you know the RNC’s idea of canceling the commission is good because Mitt Romney is totally opposed to it.
“Well, that would be crazy,” the Utah senator told Business Insider. Romney’s comments are interesting because he is the uncle of RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and was a victim of debate commission bias during his 2012 presidential campaign.
That year, debate moderator Candy Crowley challenged and cut off Romney as he made the exact claim that Barack Obama had not called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror”. Crowley had no reason to try fact-checking Romney and denied the Republican candidate a major point against Obama.
CPD co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf later acknowledged that the commission had made a “mistake” in giving Crowley the role of moderator.