In a world where reality is quickly becoming optional, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the most ridiculous accusation about last night’s Republican debate: that the GOP is trying to hide their debates.Apparently we’re supposed to believe that after eight years of Obama in the White House, the last thing we want is people to discover our candidates. Who knew the GOP was an arm of the Democrat Party?
Via The Daily CallerThe Republican debate this weekend, the last before the New Hampshire primary, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday night, generally not considered premier television territory. Wasserman Schultz seized on the fact few people are likely to watch this debate by saying this was deliberately planned by the GOP.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) February 6, 2016
But despite Wasserman Schultz’s rhetoric, it isn’t Republicans who have been concealing their debates this cycle. Initially, the DNC scheduled only 6 debates for the entire 2016 primary cycle, and most of them were placed at awkward times. Their fourth debate, for instance, was held Jan. 17, on a Sunday night preceding a federal holiday. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Governor Martin O’Malley both criticized the debate schedule, saying the limited debates were intended to ease former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s path towards the nomination. Only this week did Sanders and Clinton broker a deal to hold four extra debates before the end of the cycle.
Of the original six debates scheduled by the DNC, only four were held before the Iowa caucuses. In contrast, the Republicans held seven debates before Iowa, and all of them were held on a weekday in primetime. Saturday’s debate is the first one to be held on a weekend, meaning that if the GOP is trying to hide, it only started doing so now.
Even more bizarre about Schultz’s claim is that she herself has been accused of trying to “hide” debates, and the statistics seem to point more towards that thesis than hers. Rubio even stated during the debate that “We’re going to have our primary, we’re going to have our debates–which, by the way, are twice as many as the Democrats have been willing to have themselves–but we’re going to bring this party together. “We have no reason to fear the American public hearing our ideas. We’re not the ones running a socialist for president.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]