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Debates? What debates?
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, September 09, 2007

As with many overused words, "debate" is losing its meaning:
Fred Thompson was wrong to skip last Wednesday's Republican candidates' event in Durham, if only because it was the first post-Labor Day presidential primary gathering and it would have been a good way to officially enter the campaign.

But we must agree with the former Tennessee senator that these televised so-called "debates" are getting awfully stale and are doing little to advance the issues or to help the public figure out who has the best ideas for the crucial times we face. That goes for the Democrats as well as the Republicans.
"So-called debates" is a better way of describing the format to which we're subjected when the primary candidates are showcased. In fact, what they do is nothing more than a question and answer period. No one debates anything.

And that's why they're getting stale. How many times can you answer the same questions asked in different ways and hold the attention of the audience for more than 10 minutes?

Now I'm not sure what format a replacement for these QandA's might take, but it is becoming obvious the present format isn't filling the bill. Actual debates may be difficult, especially at this juncture with the number of candidates on each side and the limited time given each televised event. But if they want to attract and keep viewers and discuss issues, some form of real debate needs to be used.

Anyone who isn't bored with the present state of these "debates" has a high tolerance for the inane.
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I would also imagine that Fred Thompson got more attention anyway. He was on Leno, which is always a safe bet, and the candidates at the debate seemed to spend a bit of their time talking about Thompson, which only gave him more name recognition. He might’ve benefitted from announcing a day earlier and taking part in the debate, but three months from now, let alone by the time the nomination is made, no one will remember this slight.
Written By: CR UVa
Given the utter lack of interest the filed in both parties is getting from the average voter, why on earth would anyone subject themselves to the foot-shooting festival if they don’t have to?

Both parties, at the moment have a bunch of also-rans... and they know it. Consider the serious fear shown by the Reublicans the other night... all focused on the one guy who wasn’t there... Why? Because they know they’re in serious doo doo when he’s in the race.

Written By: Bithead
Speaking of debates, I saw on Drudge where the Dems are going to participate in a debate broadcast by Univision. I can’t wait to see how the Democrats play out this massive case of pandering to one particular cultural and ethnic special interest group. I can already hear the shouts of bigotry and racism echoing through the airwaves!

If I were the Republicans, I would have a series of debates in every language but Spanish, and then accuse the Democrats of being anti Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, German, Chinese, and every other culture and nationality that exists in this country.

Don’t think we won’t become officially bilingual someday? Sorry, but I don’t buy it.


Written By: autot
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Outside of Iraq and the constant drone of making things better, there really is no driving issue.

On the face of it, will bring the troops home, success or failure, have any real impact on my life ? Not really, except the latter has more risk.

We need better pandering.
Written By: Neo
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Carl, why don’t you just put on your blue suede shoes and just
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