The Nevada State Democratic Party is pulling out of a controversial presidential debate scheduled for Aug. 14 in Reno and co-hosted by Fox News, according to Democratic insiders.
The debate was being hosted by Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio, the Nevada State Democratic Party and the Western Majority Project.
At some point the Democrats will need to realize that in order to win this election, it will require them to participate in something other than a softball Q&A period. FOX News may not be to their liking. But they are going to have to consider some things and one of them is: Not only do conservatives watch it, independents do too. These are the people they must win over, not their base.
Just winning your base does not guarantee a victory and the sooner the Dems can learn to believe this, the better for them. There is a whole host of independents that a candidate must convince to vote for him/her, and this move gives the distinct impression that the Dems are not up to facing the tough questions.
Like it or not, one only needs to look at the weekly ratings of FOX News to know for a certainty, they are major players in the media these days. Politics is a discipline that is about numbers and FOX beats the competition combined. But MoveOn.Org and the Daily Kos both want to flex their muscles a bit and demonstrate they own the Democratic Party, because they despise the network they have little influence over. For the Dems to allow them to hold a political institution hostage can, and likely will, alienate more voters than they attract.
This may very well backfire and may not hold up. But if it does hold up, there will be political casualties and damage. It will come with a cost. It may not happen immediately, but this will be an issue in the general election that will not go away. They will have to deal with FOX at some point in the process, if they hope to have a chance.