Want Real Debate? Gotta Change The RNC — Here’s How

Debate moderators Carl Quintanilla (L), Becky Quick (C) and John Harwood question candidates at the third Republican Presidential Debate hosted by CNBC, October 28, 2015 at the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read
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After the CNBC “debate” fiasco, many are railing against Republican National Committee (“RNC”) Chairman Reince Priebus and the RNC for these atrocious “debates,” where the leftist moderators, like those at CNBC, spend their time trying to make all of the Republican candidates look as bad as possible.

Why on earth would Reince Priebus and the RNC set up “debates” where the people “moderating” the “debate” and choosing the topics would be leftists? Does that make any sense? Some of the candidates (Ted Cruz) and conservative political pundits (Laura Ingraham) are asking this very question.

Why wouldn’t Reince Priebus instead have the candidates themselves ask each other questions, choosing whom to ask questions? Thereby allowing the candidates to show the viewers what issues they think are important and which of the other candidates they see as their main adversaries. 

You know, real debates, where our candidates control the topics and questions and control who gets asked questions.  No moderators would be needed, only a timekeeper strictly enforcing the time limits. A format like this would give the viewers an opportunity to learn which issues each candidate thinks are important. It would give the viewers an opportunity to learn which candidates each of the candidates view as their main adversaries and on which issues. (Indeed, Donald Trump would be smart to invite those he wants to debate to his own debate using this format. He could either allow the networks to bid on the chance to host it or host it himself on pay-per-view on the internet.)

So why on earth would Mr. Priebus allow this? Well, some who call themselves conservative are not all that conservative and will not fight hard against the leftist media.

Would an RNC made up of real conservatives, who in turn would elect a real conservative to the RNC chairmanship, ever allow liberals like the three main CNBC questioners choosing the questions our Party’s candidates have to deal with? Now Reince Priebus, who created this problem, is complaining that leftist moderators asked questions designed to make every one of the Republican candidates look bad. That is, he’s mad that leftists were acting like . . . leftists.

The leftist media needs the Republican candidates more than the Republican candidates need the leftist media. The RNC could have been running real debates on the internet or on Fox News.

So, what can you do if you’re a conservative Republican to create a conservative majority on the RNC to change this?  Moderates masquerading as conservatives are not going to elect a conservative to the RNC chairmanship. We have to elect real conservatives to the RNC.

The first step in doing that is by becoming a precinct committeeman. It’s not hard to do. It does not take a lot of time nor money. Here in Arizona, to become a precinct committeeman one only has to fill out a one page form and turn it in to a local Republican Party committee chairman.

The good news is that about half of these slots, all across the country, including here in Arizona, are currently vacant. That is good news in the context of being a golden opportunity for conservatives to fill up all these vacancies and create a conservative majority “inside” the Party apparatus. Conservatives could completely remake the Republican Party by filling up these positions. Because, of the estimated 400,000 Republican precinct committeeman slots spread all across the country, only about 200,000 are filled.

There are plenty of conservatives who regularly visit Breitbart.com who could fill up these 200,000 vacant precinct committeeman slots.

As a precinct committeeman in Arizona, I was eligible to run for state committeeman. Each local committee (called legislative district committees here in Arizona; we have 30 in Arizona) gets to elect one state committeeman, after the primary in even-numbered years when the committee forms, for every three precinct committeemen elected in the primary election. (To get on the ballot to become an elected precinct committeeman, no more than ten signatures are required from registered Republicans or independent voters in one’s precinct – and that can be achieved in about an hour going door-to-door. The Party will give you a walking sheet for your precinct identifying the homes in your precinct where Republicans live. It’s fun getting the signatures. You’ll meet your fellow Republican neighbors. They will be happy to sign your nomination form.)

If you get elected to state committeeman, you get to attend the state committee organizational meeting, where you get to vote for who becomes the state committee chairman – who is also a member of the RNC.

As a precinct committeeman here in Arizona, you are eligible to vote in the presidential election years for the delegates to the state nominating convention. Any registered Republican can run to be a delegate, but only precinct committeeman are the electors. If you are a conservative and have fellow conservatives who are PCs, you can all vote one another into the delegate slots. And, at the state convention, in addition to voting for the delegates to the national convention, you also get to cast votes for the state’s national committeeman and national committeewoman.

Want an RNC Chairman who will tell the Presidential “Debates” Commission that the Republican nominee will no longer participate unless they get rid of their biased “moderators” and, instead, go to a real debate format where our candidate will have the right to ask the Democrat nominee questions of his or her choosing and that the only other person on the stage will be a timekeeper?

This could be a reality – but only if enough conservatives get involved in our Party at the local committee level in their precincts and on their local committees to create a conservative majority in the precinct committeeman ranks to elect greater numbers of conservatives to the state chairman and state national committeeman and national committeewoman positions. These three people represent the state Party on the RNC.

Please don’t wait for “the other guy” to do this. You can do this. And, it’s fun.

More specifics on how this works here and here.

To paraphrase a leftist slogan, “Conservatives of the U.S., Unite!”

“Inside” the Republican Party where you live. It’s where the real political power lies. That’s why the RNC will never tell you about this in their mailers.  Or on their website.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

Dan Schultz

Daniel J. Schultz graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1978 and served as an Army Human Intelligence Officer.  He now practices law. He has been a Republican Party precinct committeeman since 2007 and was a co-winner of the Conservative HQ Liberty Prize. State-specific and other information relating to The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy can be found at http://precinctproject.us and http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.comHe can be reached at acoldwarrior@gmail.com.