GOP giving Democrats advantage

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors.

It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats.

GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later this month in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the party’s presidential nominating convention. President Donald Trump will get the nod.

On Saturday, it was reported that some Republican National Committee officials favor holding the nomination vote in private, with no members of the press or public allowed.

“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed press Friday, August 21 through Monday, August 24,” a convention spokesman told reporters.

At one time, both parties’ national conventions fit neatly into the smoke-filled rooms category, literally as well as figuratively.

Wheeling and dealing and backroom deals were common. Candidates for president and, more particularly, vice president, sometimes were decided by political bosses at the conventions.

That has changed. By the time conventions are held, primary elections usually have decided the candidates.

Still, many Americans still wonder how much influence the bosses exert at conventions.

Holding one behind closed doors might not cripple the press. Most good reporters have plenty of sources. Besides, as in the past, much of the news is made in hotel rooms, not on the convention floor.

Still, closing the convention would have sent an undesirable message of secrecy. One could not blame Democrat presidential contender Joe Biden for capitalizing on it.

There are plenty of ways RNC officials could allow press coverage of the convention safely. We assume that by the time you read this, they will have come to their senses and announced such an arrangement.

Then, they ought to take care of the person or people who came up with one of the very worst ideas of the 2020 presidential election season.


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