Crowded Field Threatens the GOP’s Chances

Crowded Field Threatens the GOP’s Chances

[as posted on The Island Now]

The male star of the Broadway show South Pacific sang about an enchanted evening when he spotted his true love “across a crowded room.”

Nobody really likes a packed room, so you can imagine how uncomfortable it is going to be for the 15-plus announced Republican candidates for president to fit onto one platform starting this August.

Anyone who follows presidential politics recalls the mob scene at each of the 2012 Republican presidential debates when eight potential candidates tried to respond to the questions posed by some media personality. There’s nothing more boring than watching a bunch of grown men trying to score points at the expense of the other panelists.

By all accounts, leaders of the national Republican Party agreed that the last series of Republican debates hurt their eventual candidate, Mitt Romney, who became a target for all of the other contestants.

It’s tough enough to go one-on-one in a debate but to find yourself being attacked by a swarm of other candidates is an exercise in futility.

The eventual loser, Mitt Romney, has stated on numerous occasions that he felt the party’s debate system was seriously flawed and it was one, among many reasons, that he eventually lost to President Obama. He described the debates as “chaotic and often out of control.”

Most people would agree that debates with a large number of candidates leads to someone being embarrassed by some pressured answer. It’s hard to forget Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s famous discussion of his three-point platform for the future and forgetting the third point.

Opponents of Mitt Romney managed to blur his business record, his accomplishments as a governor of Massachusetts and smear him for his offshore holdings.

By the time Romney got to face President Obama he was a wounded candidate with few prospects of healing.

Having too many announced candidates also leads to tons of television money being spent knocking the other opponent with slick commercials and below-the-belt tactics. As the crowd gets bigger there is less a possibility that any one person will emerge unscarred.

Sensing disaster in the making Republican National Chair Reince Preibus has pledged that the number of debaters will not exceed 10.O.K., that eliminates at least six at this time and possibly another four or five when Chris Christie, George Pataki, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal come forward to save America.

But doesn’t that resemble something like the 2012 debacle?