The GOP doesn’t want Americans to know anything about its candidates
The GOP has bet everything on white and is throwing the dice with arrogance even though it can’t afford to lose even a single chip. The only hope that the GOP have of winning is to make some inroads into the minority vote: to put it simply, white people aren’t as racist as the GOP thinks they are, and there is not much more of the white vote to get, and what there is is in states the GOP already wins.
The GOP has learned that no matter how many carefully engineered opportunities they create to ‘rebrand’ they serve up for people like Rand Paul to flub, even if those occasions were successful their barking kennel of Tea Party fanatics— not to mention old Country Club GOP members— will say racist, sexist, homophobic shit and these pesky minorities actually get all het up by that sort of thing and turn out to vote in huge numbers after you call them all a bunch of lazy good-for-nothing cheats.
So the brilliant plan that the GOP has come up with is, apparently, to try to hide their candidates from minorities, while still exposing them to white people. (I can’t really think of a better word than ‘expose’, the process seems hermetic.) They somehow think that keeping their candidates off of NBC/CNN/Telemundo will render them invisible to minority eyes.
Is this a legitimate strategy, or have we moved into the state of the GOP as a con game, a political party that exists to rake in donations, seize control of state legislatures and bust unions and loot pension funds until stopped by the court? I can’t honestly tell.