AMC over at Time.com reports that GOP candidates are looking to bail on the YouTube debate.
I talked to people from a few of the campaigns today and they say that the movement to abandon the format is real. Romney's mocked the event outright, Giuliani's people told Ambinder that "scheduling" was an issue (insert Iraq Study Group joke here) but I've heard from others that many in the GOP feel that the deck in a YouTube debate would be somehow stacked against the candidates.
Is it tactically stupid? Not sure. I think it in general reinforces the idea that the Republicans are ones who will have to positively make a case for themselves in 2008 — and that they're the ones the most frightened of facing the public.
It certainly won't make them more alluring to the moderate majority, but they're not paying attention to the race yet anyway.