MINOT, N.D. — One of the side effects of the GOP’s continued embrace of disgraced former President Donald Trump is that the party’s arguments are perceived through the lens of the orange-tinted man-baby’s paranoia and ponderous self-regard.
So it is with the Republican National Committee’s decision to leave the Commission on Presidential Debates .
“This is a big deal. Another blow to our democracy,” CNN’s John Avalon argued . “It also appears to be a temper tantrum thrown at Donald Trump’s request, complaining that the commission is biased. It’s also a virtual guarantee that America will retreat further into its partisan echo chamber, which is the last thing we need.”
There’s no question that part of the RNC’s motivation is Trump — being a Republican today means changing Trump’s diaper — but let’s not pretend as though the commission was some pure instrument of democracy.
The commission’s formation was rooted in collusion between Republicans and Democrats. From 1976 to 1984, debates were organized by the League of Women Voters.