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(USA Today)   Moderators for the Presidential and VP debates have been announced. Two debate veterans and two rookies will be doing their best to keep the candidates on topic   (content.usatoday.com) divider line 192
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2012-08-13 11:26:46 AM  
Lehrer and Schieffer?

Not too shabby.
 
2012-08-13 11:26:51 AM  
i see GOP wingnut candy crowley will be moderating one. that should be interesting.
 
2012-08-13 11:30:30 AM  
Call me when they go back to being actual debates run by an independent body rather than carefully managed stage show the RNC and DNC agree to put on every four years.
 
2012-08-13 11:31:50 AM  
How many minutes in before they start with the bullshiat questions like during the primary races: "What's your favorite pizza? Favorite actor? Paper or plastic?"

You know, stuff that matters to regular Americans, and not things that make an impact on the most important job in the country.
 
2012-08-13 11:32:44 AM  

FlashHarry: i see GOP wingnut candy crowley will be moderating one. that should be interesting.


Her name and your inability to capitalize it is driving me a little nuts. I'm thinking "What's wingnut candy? Is it like Warheads? Certainly something with no chocolate in it."

I don't think she's a wingnut, though. What are you basing that on?
 
2012-08-13 11:33:35 AM  
They need to get someone who's not afraid to ask the tough questions.

i90.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-13 11:33:43 AM  
will be doing their best to keep the candidates on topic

Sorry, when in the recent history of alternating soapboxes debates has a moderator actually done this?
 
2012-08-13 11:34:26 AM  

Sybarite: Call me when they go back to being actual debates run by an independent body rather than carefully managed stage show the RNC and DNC agree to put on every four years.


No kidding. I am sick and tired of these dog and pony shows.
 
2012-08-13 11:35:26 AM  
Moderators for the Presidential and VP debates entertainment shows have been announced. Two debate circus performance veterans and two rookies will be doing their best to keep the candidates on topic pre-approved talking points

FTFM
 
2012-08-13 11:37:12 AM  

Nabb1: Sybarite: Call me when they go back to being actual debates run by an independent body rather than carefully managed stage show the RNC and DNC agree to put on every four years.

No kidding. I am sick and tired of these dog and pony shows.


I would love to hear some hard hitting questions. Like, for Obama - why haven't you released your college transcripts?

for Romney - Why do you adhere to a religion founded by a false prophet?
 
2012-08-13 11:39:47 AM  

kronicfeld: will be doing their best to keep the candidates on topic

Sorry, when in the recent history of alternating soapboxes debates has a moderator actually done this?


Limeys do a better job of that.
 
2012-08-13 11:39:49 AM  
anyone figure out how to resurrect Tim Russert yet?
 
2012-08-13 11:40:29 AM  
Here what I want to know - how many times in the past 4 years has Obama worn a flag pin? And what does HE think of Gabby Douglas' leotard pattern?
 
2012-08-13 11:40:43 AM  

Nabb1: Sybarite: Call me when they go back to being actual debates run by an independent body rather than carefully managed stage show the RNC and DNC agree to put on every four years.

No kidding. I am sick and tired of these dog and pony shows.


Mr President, you have two minutes for your talking points. They will be followed by a one minute rebuttal with Mr. Romney's talking points.
 
2012-08-13 11:41:07 AM  

EnviroDude: I would love to hear some hard hitting questions. Like, for Obama - why haven't you released your college transcripts?

for Romney - Why do you adhere to a religion founded by a false prophet?


I'd like for them to be handed billy clubs at the beginning of the debate, then told whoever hits the other first will be declared the loser. Then just set them loose to say the most inflammatory shiat possible to each other.

/betting Romney would snap first, by a long shot.
 
2012-08-13 11:42:48 AM  

Sybarite: Call me when they go back to being actual debates run by an independent body rather than carefully managed stage show the RNC and DNC agree to put on every four years.


Let them ask questions of each other. And possibly give them each one free punch.
 
2012-08-13 11:42:52 AM  
bunch of pro-obama libs again. if i were romney, i'd not even bother participating in the debates. ratio of questions about Bain versus about Fast and Furious will be about 10 to 0.
 
2012-08-13 11:43:49 AM  

Party Boy: Limeys do a better job of that.


I would love it if we adopted something similar to "the Prime Minister's Questions" here for the President to answer to the Senate. It'd be too much of a ruckus to do it in the House.
 
2012-08-13 11:43:51 AM  

I_C_Weener: Sybarite: Call me when they go back to being actual debates run by an independent body rather than carefully managed stage show the RNC and DNC agree to put on every four years.

Let them ask questions of each other. And possibly give them each one free punch.


This is what I'd like to see. The moderator would still be there, and he would set the parameters for general topics - 15 minutes on the budget deficit, for example. Then you let them ask each other questions.
 
2012-08-13 11:47:02 AM  

FishyFred: I don't think she's a wingnut, though. What are you basing that on?


i've watched her for years on cnn. she's always carrying water for conservatives while being much harsher on liberals. this is just based on my own anecdotal evidence, though; your mileage may vary.

/i write for a living. i capitalize when i'm getting paid...
 
2012-08-13 11:47:44 AM  
As long as George Stephanolpolous isn't having any part in it again, I'm happy.
 
2012-08-13 11:50:30 AM  

incendi: Party Boy: Limeys do a better job of that.

I would love it if we adopted something similar to "the Prime Minister's Questions" here for the President to answer to the Senate. It'd be too much of a ruckus to do it in the House.


We'd probably do with a smaller vocabulary, and there would be more f-bombs. But yeah, I could see giving that a trial run.
 
2012-08-13 11:50:46 AM  

EnviroDude: for Romney - Why do you adhere to a religion founded by a false prophet?


Mr. Romney: Could you please explain Space Jesus to us? Does he live on his own planet in our galaxy or a different galaxy?

I just love the cognitive dissonance of my Christian friends who will vote for that man.

Them: "It's okay. He believes in Jesus! That's good enough for me."
Me: "Space Jesus Ain't Jesus." (I want to see that on anti-romney campaign bumper stickers)
 
2012-08-13 11:54:58 AM  
Here are two questions I'd love to see asked, but it'll never happen:

"Gov. Romney, why do you believe your wealth entitles you to a better life than the poor or middle-class?"

"President Obama, why did you campaign in 2008 as a liberal, when you never governed as one the last four years?"
 
2012-08-13 11:55:12 AM  

incendi: Party Boy: Limeys do a better job of that.

I would love it if we adopted something similar to "the Prime Minister's Questions" here for the President to answer to the Senate. It'd be too much of a ruckus to do it in the House.


I enjoy watching the Prime Minister's Questions, even though most of the time I have no idea what's being discussed. We could do that in the senate, but what would be the large book the President consults?
 
2012-08-13 11:55:46 AM  
If Ryan winks I'm going to lose it.
 
2012-08-13 11:57:52 AM  
That is a very good question. Unfortunately, it isn't one that I've prepared for, so instead of answering that, here is a picture of my cat.
 
2012-08-13 12:00:33 PM  
Stupid headline. It's the admins that pick the questions.
 
2012-08-13 12:00:46 PM  

EatHam: That is a very good question. Unfortunately, it isn't one that I've prepared for, so instead of answering that, here is a picture of my cat dog.


Works for either candidate.
 
2012-08-13 12:05:07 PM  

Party Boy: kronicfeld: will be doing their best to keep the candidates on topic

Sorry, when in the recent history of alternating soapboxes debates has a moderator actually done this?

Limeys do a better job of that.


It would be nice if we could have a debate where candidates addressed each other and challenged their opponent's statements rather than just ignoring actual topics and saying whatever they feel like for their allotted time.
 
2012-08-13 12:05:35 PM  

JerseyTim: Stupid headline. It's the admins that pick the questions.


{Snort} Okay, we can close this thread down now.
 
2012-08-13 12:09:56 PM  

Party Boy: Lehrer and Schieffer?

Not too shabby.


I like them both, but I'd prefer to see David Gregory in there as well. It looks like he's going to be in that slot (MTP) for quite some time and he's going to need to get into the fray at some point. However, I assume they'll want to keep him away from the debates in case he asks a tough question and the handlers boycott appearances on his show.

It's tough, they want to maintain access by being "nice" to the politicians... Though, that leaves us with these kind of weak questioners that won't press hard enough to answer the question.

I miss Sam Donaldson being a total dick to all parties in his interviews. Sometimes, that's exactly what we need.
 
2012-08-13 12:10:43 PM  
. Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will ask questions of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan at the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate.

Joe Biden could do a pants off dance off and still win this debate.
 
2012-08-13 12:10:57 PM  
Two debate veterans and two rookies will be doing their best to keep the candidates on topic script

FTFS
 
2012-08-13 12:16:30 PM  

Elandriel: How many minutes in before they start with the bullshiat questions like during the primary races: "What's your favorite pizza? Favorite actor? Paper or plastic?"

You know, stuff that matters to regular Americans, and not things that make an impact on the most important job in the country.


Boxers or briefs? Boxers or briefs? WTH, magic underwear?
 
2012-08-13 12:18:03 PM  

simplicimus: incendi: Party Boy: Limeys do a better job of that.

I would love it if we adopted something similar to "the Prime Minister's Questions" here for the President to answer to the Senate. It'd be too much of a ruckus to do it in the House.

I enjoy watching the Prime Minister's Questions, even though most of the time I have no idea what's being discussed. We could do that in the senate, but what would be the large book the President consults?


The Koran.
 
2012-08-13 12:19:07 PM  

JerseyTim: Stupid headline. It's the admins that pick the questions.


This is what I've been saying.
 
2012-08-13 12:19:49 PM  

CommieTaoist: If Ryan winks I'm going to lose it.


Has anyone noticed yet that Paul Ryan has an Eddie Munster haircut?
 
2012-08-13 12:21:34 PM  

dr_blasto: It would be nice if we could have a debate where candidates addressed each other and challenged their opponent's statements rather than just ignoring actual topics and saying whatever they feel like for their allotted time.


Just in case anyone isn't aware of this
[1988] The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates...because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.

NewportBarGuy: I like them both, but I'd prefer to see David Gregory in there as well. It looks like he's going to be in that slot (MTP) for quite some time and he's going to need to get into the fray at some point. However, I assume they'll want to keep him away from the debates in case he asks a tough question and the handlers boycott appearances on his show.

It's tough, they want to maintain access by being "nice" to the politicians... Though, that leaves us with these kind of weak questioners that won't press hard enough to answer the question.

I miss Sam Donaldson being a total dick to all parties in his interviews. Sometimes, that's exactly what we need


I find David Gregory a little soft at times. To be fair, I feel that way about most TV news personalities.
 
2012-08-13 12:27:01 PM  
It won't be asked, but I'd love to hear Paul Ryan asked "What's it like to have been born in the 1970s, growing up in a United States with no Vietnam War, civil Rights established, abortion legal....?"
 
2012-08-13 12:29:46 PM  

hammettman: They need to get someone who's not afraid to ask the tough questions.

[i90.photobucket.com image 261x366]


A different kind of Candy?
 
2012-08-13 12:29:57 PM  

FlashHarry: FishyFred: I don't think she's a wingnut, though. What are you basing that on?

i've watched her for years on cnn. she's always carrying water for conservatives while being much harsher on liberals. this is just based on my own anecdotal evidence, though; your mileage may vary.


I've never seen her carrying water for conservatives, or be all that harsh on anyone, but that is my own anecdotal evidence.
 
2012-08-13 12:58:16 PM  

violentsalvation: FlashHarry: FishyFred: I don't think she's a wingnut, though. What are you basing that on?

i've watched her for years on cnn. she's always carrying water for conservatives while being much harsher on liberals. this is just based on my own anecdotal evidence, though; your mileage may vary.

I've never seen her carrying water for conservatives, or be all that harsh on anyone, but that is my own anecdotal evidence.


She's as straight shooter. She's like a less smarmy version of John King.
 
2012-08-13 01:02:30 PM  

Party Boy: To be fair, I feel that way about most TV news personalities.


I'd prefer this woman:

i50.tinypic.com

"Yeah, you want to go ahead and run that sh*storm of a word salad by me again? I'm pretty sure that's not what I asked you."
 
2012-08-13 01:05:18 PM  
Guys, big news - Mia Farrow is on board:

mia farrow @MiaFarrow
Good choice MT @AnnieLowrey: CNN's Candy Crowley to be the first female presidential debate moderator since ABC's' Carole Simpson in 1992.
 
2012-08-13 01:19:25 PM  
Candy Crowley? Could be a stripper, or could be fat.

Stripper? Or fat.

i.cdn.turner.com


Damnit.
 
2012-08-13 01:26:56 PM  

DamnYankees: Guys, big news - Mia Farrow is on board:

mia farrow @MiaFarrow
Good choice MT @AnnieLowrey: CNN's Candy Crowley to be the first female presidential debate moderator since ABC's' Carole Simpson in 1992.


Wasn't Gwen Ifil more recent than that?
 
2012-08-13 01:30:09 PM  

I_C_Weener: DamnYankees: Guys, big news - Mia Farrow is on board:

mia farrow @MiaFarrow
Good choice MT @AnnieLowrey: CNN's Candy Crowley to be the first female presidential debate moderator since ABC's' Carole Simpson in 1992.

Wasn't Gwen Ifil more recent than that?


Did she do the VP debate?
 
2012-08-13 01:35:28 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I'd prefer this woman:


Indeed.

Alas, Jim Lehrer kinda trumps on seniority, and two of the four being from PBS would raise too many eyebrows. It would be wonderful, however.

For the giggle value, I hope Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert will try and push for an additional co-moderated debate on Comedy Central. Maybe be evil and simply book both Romeny and Obama for an interview in the same time slot, then do a gotcha on them....
 
2012-08-13 01:43:50 PM  

I_C_Weener: DamnYankees: Guys, big news - Mia Farrow is on board:

mia farrow @MiaFarrow
Good choice MT @AnnieLowrey: CNN's Candy Crowley to be the first female presidential debate moderator since ABC's' Carole Simpson in 1992.

Wasn't Gwen Ifil more recent than that?


Gwen Ifill moderated the VP debate.
 
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