This is a flawed analysis:
Televised debates have had an outsize impact on this year’s Republican presidential race. But the demands of the debating schedule — Saturday’s event in South Carolina was the eleventh major clash — is taking its toll on the candidates, who find themselves constantly preparing for primetime.
The frequency of the debates cuts back on the time available for retail politicking in Iowa and other early-voting states. Even seasoned campaign veterans are now beginning to ask: How many debates are too many?
“Debates are good, but we’re reaching overload,” Ed Rollins told The Hill. Rollins, who was the campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) before stepping down in September, added that under the current schedule “there are going to be 20-plus debates in this primary process. That is way too many.”
Political professionals note that debates — the preparation, the logistics, the debate itself and the post-event ‘spinning‘ — take up an enormous amount of time. It is plausible that some of that time could be better spent building up the grassroots in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The problem for the Republican candidates isn’t that they could be better spending the time elsewhere, the problem is that these people are disgusting, and the more time out of the micromanaged shell of a campaign, people see how repugnant and repelling they all are. There is a reason the biggest beneficiary of the ridiculous debate schedule has been President Obama– the more these sociopaths talk, the more America, including Republicans, hate them.
Palin’s staff in 2008 knew this- that is why they hid her.