After explaining the Republican primary process to members of the Midtown Republican Club Tuesday night, RNC member John Ryder gave some thoughts on the whole presidential process.
Now that the primary has effectively ended, Ryder talked about what it means to have a presumptive nominee and how it changes everything. “It’s important because” money can now flow. We can release fund raising. Secondly, we can integrate the operations. The convention is August 27 through August 31, so we come into the Labor Day weekend with about sixty days to the election. When you think that early voting can begin 30 days before the election, people can vote in some areas within six weeks of the election.”
Now Romney can begin to discuss what differentiates him from Obama instead of taking aim at our Republican candidates. The debates turned off some voters, Ryder acknowledged, and many Republicans thought there were too many. “Actually, there were two fewer this year than in 2008,” he said. “They got huge viewership, which was a good thing. And what’s wrong with that? As a Republican, I liked finding out about the candidates.”
Many viewers chafed at the questions asked and the tone of the moderators during the debates. “The moderators were not our friends,” Ryder agreed. “But the debates are almost impossible for us to control. We have no leverage. We are looking at an NFL type approach; that is getting a package deal to broadcast them. My preference would be to limit a debate to four candidates, each with 15 minutes to answer why they should be president, then a rebuttal. I want a thoughtful answer, not a bumper sticker one.”
Like most of us, Ryder said “I really believe this is the most important election of our time. As a lawyer I hate Obama’s disdain for the Constitution. His recess appointments to the National Labor Relations board when the Senate was still in session, Obamacare and other things are wildly unconstitutional. His duty is to uphold and defend the Constitution, but he has instructed his Justice Department not to support the Defense of Marriage Act that was passed by Congress. He told Homeland Security regarding immigration to act in ways that don’t support the Constitution either.”
Ryder sees the June 5 election challenge to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as a “race that will set the tone for the presidential election. If you can send Walker $20, do it.”