Debates are essentially a waste of time, energy and expense for the American people. These so-called “debates” reveal little to nothing about the candidates except their pre-debate briefings and memorization of their selective talking points.
The debate choreography is nonsense. The crafting of the props, including muzzling the audience and pre-selecting a so-called “balanced” allowance of hand picked questioners is no debate at all.
Another thing. Why is it that only the media are the sole moderators of such debates? After all, what do multi-millionaire, left-leaning media people like Tom Brokaw know that we don’t?
Imagine the Real American McCoy Running the Debates
Why not have a team of real American moderators that represent us, the people, running the show and asking the questions? Let’s call this the “All American Debate Panel.”
Such a panel could include, a home-maker mom from Cleveland, a surgeon from San Diego, a single dad from Kansas, a factory worker from Detroit, a CEO from a prominent national bank (ouch!), a health insurance representative, newlyweds who want to purchase their first home, a veteran or two, a wall street broker, a small plumbing business owner from Springfield, MO, a retiree from Sun City, AZ, an immigrant waiting for citizenship, etc.
The debates need to be at least three hours to allow true grilling of the candidates. Cross-examination and crowd hoopla would include such things as hissing and booing when the candidates lie or exaggerate.
At the conclusion all of the Americans in attendance will vote for the winner electronically. No polls by the professional pollsters will be conducted just real polling of Americans in attendance.
This debate approach would allow true informational exchanges. Rules would include allowing the candidates to talk off the cuff and for the audience to actually challenge their answers. Let the candidates literally argue their way into the Presidency by scoring points with the “Real McCoys,” us.
Let’s Legislate the Presidential Debate Format into Federal Law
In fact, we should legislate this concept into national law so that no politician can hide and no mainstream media host can manipulate the questions with his/her tone, pace and editorial comments.
National Presidential debate formats should be codified as a requirement of the candidates. They should be held in at least 6 cities of different sizes with at least two of them held in local gymnasiums in towns with less than 15,000 populations. There should be no media people on site, except camera operators and necessary stage personnel. All other media people can watch from home, like we do, take notes and report their stories.
These debates need to be real debates and the blueprinting by the controllers needs to end.
After all, did any of us come away from the Obama-McCain debate with new information or insights about the candidates that would help us make a decision in 27 days.
Your thoughts? Will you watch the next and final debate? Why? What do/did you glean from the time spent glued to the tube?
The image used here is courtesy of University of Arizona.
On September 13, 2008 during The View, Walters went “WA-WA” on John McCain, interrupting, turning her cold shoulder to him and failing to look him in the eye while attacking his selection of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate.
See the YouTube replay here.
iVoteAmerica doesn’t care about The View and how it chooses to execute its program and John McCain is a big boy who should be able to hold up to the women who host The View.
You Just think it’s the Economy
What we do want our readers to note is that the division among American women over the selection of Sarah Palin continues to be “THE STORY” of this election.
“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” said Barack Obama in a stump speech, referring to the statement by Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention that the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom was “lipstick.”
Obama made an appearance this morning at a school in Virginia to address the subject of education but was forced by public and media attention to address the lipstick on a pig comment.
The McCain team came out swinging over the pig comment, putting pressure on the Obama team to focus on Sarah Palin, pigs, pit bulls and cosmetics. Never mind the fact that John McCain himself has used the “lipstick on a pig” comment to refer to legislation and politcal distortions in Washington.
We Need a Candidate Code of Conduct
Obama mentioned the students were putting together a “code of conduct” to govern how they treat each other during the school year. He then quipped, “Wouldn’t it be great if Congress could do the same.”