Stuart Stevens, the former top adviser to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, says in a new op-ed that the proliferation of primary debates in presidential campaigns is "silly and dumb and serves no public good."

Writing for the Daily Beast, Stevens says he agrees with the Republican National Committee's call for fewer debates. The RNC made the argument in a recently announced series of proposals to help the party get back on track.

"We pick a president with three general-election debates, but it takes 20 debates to understand that maybe Ron Paul wants to blow up the Federal Reserve?" Stevens says. "Other important national questions are decided more expediently: it only takes 12 shows for The Bachelorette and The Bachelor to pick a mate."