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It's like the Devil is Running the Bible Study
Author: Raine    Date: 11/02/2015 14:02:20

The Hilton in Old Town Alexandria was the setting last night for all (minus one) Republican presidential campaign meeting to discuss changing debate rules and conditions going forward.
It was convened by Ben Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett and included representatives from all the campaigns, except Carly Fiorina's.

The principle objective was achieving greater control in determining debate criteria with the media sponsors -- a role that until now has been held by the RNC. The campaigns have grown frustrated with the RNC's handling of the process, especially in the wake of CNBC's messy handling of the third GOP debate last week.

But while several campaigns advocated for relegating the RNC to handling logistics, ticketing and other mundane matters, there is no indication that the campaigns actually intend to remove the RNC from the negotiating table.
They didn't remove the RNC from the negotiating table last night because the RNC was never invited to the table.

By now we all know that the RNC has pulled away from any future debates affiliated with NBC allegedly due to the unfair treatment by the CNBC moderators.
"While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of 'gotcha' questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack. 

Since CNBC is an NBC Universal property, "We are suspending the partnership with NBC News” for its Feb. 26 debate. 

Priebus’s email panned CNBC for "inaccurate or downright offensive" questions, specifically singling out a question to Donald Trump, who was asked whether he was running a "comic book" version of a presidential campaign.    
The pullout with NBC Universal also interestingly includes a planned debate with Telemudo; NBC's Spanish speaking channel.

This makes last nights meeting with the RNC even more interesting.
The meeting also exposed a leadership rift that has widened in recent days between the Republican National Committee, which negotiated the debate schedule and formats, and some of the candidates. RNC officials said they would not participate in Sunday’s meeting, but they have been reassuring campaign operatives that they are willing to recalibrate the events.

Shortly before the meeting began, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced a staff shake-up within the GOP that appeared intended to calm the unhappiness of the presidential campaigns.
As I stated above, the RNC was not invited, however it appears that the RNC is trying to imply that they chose not to attend.

So they want serious changes in debate issues going forward with one glaring exception:
As the meeting got underway, senior strategists from several presidential campaigns revealed in e-mails and text messages that Priebus’s staff shake-up was not enough. One campaign manager, speaking about the private meeting on the condition of anonymity, wrote: “Major question is if the RNC should be involved at all.”

The campaigns reached an early consensus on one issue, according to several operatives in the room: the secure standing of Fox News Channel. Any changes would be applied to debates after next week’s Fox Business Network debate. Among the reasons, according to one operative in the room, was that “people are afraid to make Roger (Ailes) mad,” a reference to the network’s chief.
As they left the hotel, Republican aides said reporters should expect the campaigns to release a joint letter addressed to the television networks by Tuesday. It will list what the campaigns want for the upcoming debates and was agreed to before the meeting ended. Campaigns will have Monday to review it a final time and formally sign off.

Is that crazy enough? No, it is terrible, according to Breitbart. Not for the reasons you might think; it's because it is STILL too inside-the-beltway and too establishment. And it is all Lindsey Graham's fault for 'LETTING THE DEVIL RUN BIBLE STUDY’:
But GOP campaigns are worried with Ginsberg inserting himself into the process that whatever comes out of this event may end up being worse than it was going in.

“It’s like letting the devil run Bible study,” one senior GOP operative with one GOP campaign told Breitbart News when asked for reaction to the news that Ginsberg was involved.

That’s because Ginsberg has a troubling history of gaming the process to help the Washington establishment crush conservatives. As the establishment in 2012, run by allies of then-GOP nominee Mitt Romney, made several changes to RNC rules, Ginsberg ran point.

It is clear that the RNC is crumbling and I personally see little to no hope of its resurrection in any reasonable format.

This is the table post meeting:




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