The number of GOP debates and their effect on the nominating process has political strategists wondering whether they've become too much of a good thing.
The debates will hit number 19 Thursday night and that doesn’t include a handful of unofficial forums that would push the number up to nearly 25 with more to come.
The Washington Post, in an examination of the debates, noted that they have undone two candidates, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, while giving a boost to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and businessman Herman Cain.
“There’s no question that the debates have devolved into one part soap opera, one part reality TV, one part C-SPAN,” Republican strategist Todd Harris told The Washington Post.
Ratings have been huge for the debates and some strategists see them as shifting the power away from the party establishment to voters.
However, Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s political adviser, said the amount of time spent on debates is subtracted from such things as building a campaign organization, sharpening their message and broadening their appeal. He also told the Post that the debates will not much matter in the fall.
“The general election is not going to be 17 debates. It is going to be three,” Rove said.
© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.