For a party that touts #liberty, .@GOP has a ways to go

On Friday, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to exclude CNN and NBC from moderating any of the Republican primary debates in 2016.  Why?  Because the GOP has an issue with how CNN and NBC create, promote, and leverage their capital in producing private intellectual property.

No, Alton.  They have a problem with CNN and NBC promoting Hillary Clinton.  They have a problem with how the liberal media shows its bias towards the Clintons and Barack Obama.  Those guys are the scourge.  Don’t you see that, Alton?

It appears the media is fascinated with Bubba, Hillary, and Barack, but in favor of them over their Republican counterparts?  I doubt it.  What the Clintons and the Obama Community Coordinator Machine have is an ability to sell political product to the center of the American voting public.  The wide swath that they occupy with the electorate does stem in part from how they use media to engage minorities, urban folk, rural folk, the gay community, etc.  The Clintons and Obama are constant reminders that the GOP has yet to produce a candidate that can make that type of connection and resonate, go viral, through traditional or social media landscapes.

What should genuinely surprise conservatives but does not surprise me is the audacity of a free market loving party to go on a campaign against how independent media outlets are supposed to go about creating the use of their own capital and intellectual property.  Media companies are message companies and the GOP is right to identify the messages that may harm it, but to boycott a messenger when the messenger is legally putting out for consumption its ideas in a free market for the exchange of ideas shows me that the GOP prefers partisan distractions if it actually means living up to free market principles and liberty.

The GOP’s actions also tell me that they are afraid of Hillary Clinton.  She hasn’t even announced her candidacy.  If these two films come out in 2014, will anyone remember them in 2016?  Will the films even have any impact on the 2014 mid-term elections?

One thing I do know is that rather than using the Sarah Palin rally cry of “Oh, the mainstream media is so unfair”, the GOP needs to brush up on its media skills.  The media is to be used.  It should be approached as a tool, not ran away from like a vampire looking at a crucifix.  The GOP should focus on looking for and grooming its star candidate, one that can withstand any tidal waves that may be produced as a result of the alleged media aid that two little old films could produce.  

In short, GOP, you all need to man up. 

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to For a party that touts #liberty, .@GOP has a ways to go

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    Alton–good post!

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