It’s civil war at the DNC:
In a joint statement posted to Facebook, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, both vice chairs for the DNC, called for increasing the number of debates and said a so-called exclusivity clause was a “mistake.”
“As vice chairs of the Democratic National Committee, we are calling for several more debates than the six currently scheduled, and withdrawing the proposed sanctions against candidates who choose to participate in non-DNC sanctioned debates,” they wrote.
So far, the DNC has not budged.
There’s an upper limit to how long the DNC can deny Clinton’s opponents a fair chance to debate her. Clinton’s shrinking favorables and rising unfavorables add extra leverage, and so does this statement from Gabbard and Rybak.
On the other hand, a real debate could fatally wound the Democrats’ only realistic nominee — unless of course Joe Biden jumps in, which remains a long shot.
The GOP has serious problems, but a lack of honest debate or a dearth of credible nominees aren’t among them.