GOP threatens CNN, NBC with reprisals over Clinton shows

Hillary Clinton: She scares Republicans (AP)

Hillary Clinton: She scares Republicans (AP)

There’s little doubt that Republicans are scared to death by the prospect of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for President.

That fear emerged for all to see Monday when the Republican Nation Committee threatened to oust NBC and CNN from future GOP debates the networks air upcoming specials on Clinton.

“Are they afraid of Clinton?  Absolutely,” political strategist Al Waring told Capitol Hill Blue. “Every poll they run shows she would wipe the floor with any Republican who runs against her in a White House run in 2016.”

Clinton’s dominance in polls isn’t limited to match-ups against Republicans.  Other surveys show no Democrat considered for President comes close to matching her in voter appeal.  Vice President Joe Biden, for example, only pulls 16 percent when matched up against her.

“Democrats now know she would have been a better President than Obama,” says political scientist John Houchins.  “Democrats now live with the knowledge that they made the wrong choice in the Presidential primaries in 2008.

Fear of Clinton runs rampant among Republican political professionals and the RNC is making that fear known with its threats to CNN and NBC to ban them from debates and their claim that both networks are planning “extended commercials” for her.

CNN is planning a feature-length documentary film on Clinton, slated to air sometime in 2014, while NBC wants to air a mini-series starring actress Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of state.

Both, claims RNC chairman Reince Priebus, are “political ads masquerading as unbiased productions.”

Both networks call the RNC claims “ridiculous” and said they are moving ahead with plans to produce the documentary and mini-series.

Preibus said he would ask an RNC meeting that opens in Boston on Aug. 14 to consider his demands and other sanctions against the networks.

The documentary and mini-series, he claims, are just two examples of what he calls a “bias towards Democrats” by the entertainment industry.

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