Republicans Will Be Debating in a Giant Bunker

You have to admire the Republicans for going to Boulder for their debate Wednesday.  It took some serious conservative backbone to descend on a town that stands for so much that Republicans do not.

But then what happened? Republicans rented a giant 11,000-seat auditorium for their debate and are treating it like a big giant bunker, keeping Boulder out.

Showing their generosity and love of the youth vote, Republicans are giving students just 100 tickets for the debate, even though it will be held on the campus of the University of Colorado. A total of only 1,000 tickets are being distributed, with most apparently going to insiders and operatives.

This has left journalists asking how many tickets do Republicans have to distribute, if they wanted to give out more? And's who's responsible for allowing so few people in?

The Republicans won't tell, and you wouldn't expect them to, given that they don't want to offend the students, who are signing petitions and clamoring to attend. Everyone knows Republicans don't need to give young people more reasons not to like them -- beyond the existing turnoffs of the GOP positions on choice, gay marriage, climate change, etc.

And CU won't give out the ticket number either, only saying CNBC, which is airing the debate, set the audience size and the Republicans are in charge of ticket distribution.

So, in an ironic twist of journalism, the answer to the question of how many tickets are theoretically available resides within a news enterprise. That would be CNBC.

And CNBC, modeling the behavior journalists hate most, isn't commenting. And in so doing, CNBC is covering for Republicans, allowing them to shift blame elsewhere and more easily avoid divulging how many tickets are available and why they aren't being distributed.

So you have the Republican National Committee saying only that the debates are designed for television -- and the leader of the Colorado Republican Party even blaming the "networks" for narrowing down the number of available seats to a "very small number."

Any CNBC reporter, or any self-respecting journalist for that matter, would want to report the truth.

But in an upside down twist on journalism, CNBC has it, but it won't divulge it. CNBC knows how many people Republicans could have allowed in their bunker in Boulder.