Republican Edition of YouTube Debate on the Rocks?

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Political blogs are picking up reports that Republican interest in the CNN-YouTube debates may be flagging. Rudy Giuliani may be dropping out due to “unspecified scheduling conflicts.” Mitt Romney is criticizing the Democratic version this week for being too cheesy.

“I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Republican online strategist Patrick Ruffini writes,

It’s stuff like this that will set the GOP back an election cycle or more on the Internet. No matter the snazzy Web features and YouTube videos they may put up, if they’re fundamentally uncomfortable with the idea of interacting with real people online, what’s the point?

But Republican pundit Hugh Hewitt is on the other side, warning about “a huge left-wing bias which will inevitably appear in any subsequent YouTube debate organized by the MSM which is overwhelmingly staffed by the left.”

We were so quick to call Monday’s debate the way of the future. Is it going to meet its end so soon?

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Bill O. Rights

Ron Paul is so dominant on YouTube that Giuliani and Romney are scared of the home court advantage Ron Paul would have. In short, they are cowards. Glad to see McCain has some courage.

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A. L. Friedman

the youtube debates weren’t really game-changing and a little knee-jerkish (info week compared them to a virgin sacrifice to the youtube gods), but even poorly implemented forward-thinking political stunts are forward-thinking nonetheless. if the repubs want to look even more like square old fat white dudes who are scared of change, avoiding the youtube debate is a good move.

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