This is why the GOP needs to rethink its debate schedule and why the RNC should take over the operation of the debates and exile Cain, Johnson and Paul as well as every other candidate without a prayer of winning. (Santorum is a long shot, but he has a realistic though small chance of winning the nomination, while the others do not.) The seriousness of the fiscal crisis requires the GOP and its candidates to act seriously, and allowing marginal candidates to eat up time and distract from the enormous problems facing the country is not serious.I really like Hugh Hewitt and I generally agree with most of what he says. This I absolutely don’t agree with. It is not up to the RNC who gets into the race. It is up to the individual following the laws and the rules to enter. If a candidate files the paperwork and pays the fee, he has every right to enter the race. We should never be shutting down speech. We need to encourage as much free speech as possible. We also need to give the voters as many different points of view so we are sure we are picking the right person. On top of the fact that he putting Gingrich in a higher level than Santorum or Cain is simply laughable. Cain was the winner of the debate by most standards.
Gingrich and Romney sensed this and wisely avoided this event. Governor Pawlenty who needs to build name ID and a donor base probably has no choice but to attend them all.
I don’t want the RNC making the decisions on who can enter a race, especially for president. One of the reasons that we are in the mess that we are in is because of the establishment GOP supporting people like Lindsey Graham. We get to decide who wins a primary. The RNC should be doing nothing to interfere with this process. We all know that they do, but they shouldn’t be.
Shame on you Hugh.