Roger Simon: GOP clown car is out of control
Ridiculously small, they were driven into the circus ring, and then an impossibly large number of clowns piled out of them.
I always thought the clown car involved a trap door in the circus floor and one in the bottom of the car, so that clowns could surreptitiously be fed into the car. But clown historians say there were no trap doors. The clowns used their contortionist skills to pack themselves inside, and the average clown car could, depending on the regalia like parasols, funny hats and musical instruments, disgorge between 14 and 21 clowns.
Although the story has gotten more complicated than it's worth, basically it comes down to this: CNN is making a documentary on Hillary Clinton, and the entertainment division of NBC is doing a miniseries on Clinton's life, with Diane Lane playing Hillary.
Excellent question. Reince Priebus (rhymes with Benedict Cumberbatch) was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee on the seventh ballot on Jan. 14, 2011, because delegates thought his name was Latin for "none of the above."
You can hardly blame Priebus for attempting to make news, especially news that could reduce the number of debates and hopefully keep the Republican field as secret as possible. Surprisingly, however, some well-known TV news personalities have agreed with Priebus and said that the NBC drama and CNN documentary on Hillary would cause the public to distrust TV news personalities.
1. The public could not possibly distrust TV news personalities any more than it already does.
2. The NBC entertainment division has no less a right of free expression than the NBC news division. And there is no reason to believe the CNN documentary will affect its news coverage. (When The New York Times revealed that Fox Television Studios is in talks to produce and internationally distribute the NBC miniseries on Hillary, Priebus was perfectly OK with that because Fox is like, well, Fox.)
Fortunately, Priebus' threat is a thoroughly empty one. The Republican National Committee does not control the debates or the candidates. The candidates will appear at whatever debates they choose, sponsored by whatever outlets they choose.
Roger Simon is POLITICO's chief political columnist.
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