Are You Ready for the First GOP Debate in Spring 2011?

by Greg Pollowitz

I’m not, but Politico and NBC certainly are:

Former first lady Nancy Reagan announced plans Thursday to invite the leading Republican contenders to the first debate of the presidential primary season, to be held at her late husband’s presidential library and co-hosted by POLITICO and NBC News. 

The debate, sponsored by the Reagan Presidential Foundation, will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., during the spring of 2011. NBC News will serve as the television partner for the debate while POLITICO is the online content partner.

The only people who benefit from an early GOP debate are Politico, NBC, and Democrats. For the candidates, it’s a trap. We have a year before we really have to start worrying about 2012. Let’s take a break and get some actual accomplishments before we start this nonsense. So, message to Politico, NBC, and Nancy: “Just Say No!”

John Podhoretz has more on why it’s a bad idea here.