It’s official: Republicans are dropping the Commission on Presidential Debates. It’s the group of Washington greats formed in 1987 to set the terms for the televised fight every four years. After signaling its intention for months, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously last week to step down.
The usual suspects frame this as a GOP attack on democracy and the American way. Where’s the couch passed out? The reality is that sidelining the debate commission will only put the presidential campaigns back on track. Debate topics and formats will be negotiated between the Republican and Democratic candidates.