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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.
 
2012-08-13 01:47:47 PM  

abb3w: Maybe be evil and simply book both Romeny and Obama for an interview in the same time slot, then do a gotcha on them....


That would be epic, and probably immediately followed by a petulant Romney walking offstage.
 
2012-08-13 01:49:55 PM  

DamnYankees: 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?


Ah. Got it. Maybe it was on SNL that she was asking questions of the candidates.
 
2012-08-13 02:14:11 PM  

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

I'd prefer this woman:

[i50.tinypic.com image 169x250]

"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."


Yeah. Her. Thats a good pick.
 
2012-08-13 02:31:42 PM  

mrshowrules: She's as straight shooter. She's like a less smarmy version of John King.


john king is a GOP enabler who's angling for a fox news gig. he's a terrible, terrible debate moderator. during the primaries, he let so many bullshiat answers go past without challenging them, it was embarrassing.
 
2012-08-13 02:58:10 PM  
Who did Candy Crowley eat to get that gig?
 
2012-08-13 02:58:45 PM  
I want to see a debate with Colbert and Stewart moderating.

At min, Biden and Ryan should appear on Colbert together for a mini-debate.
 
2012-08-13 03:02:19 PM  

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.


F that. The ruckus is the best part.
 
2012-08-13 03:05:52 PM  

qorkfiend: 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.

F that. The ruckus is the best part.


Hmm

What's the Wu-Tang Clan up to lately? I hear they specialize in bringin' da' motherfarkin' ruckus and in diversfying their funds...
 
2012-08-13 03:06:55 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?


She did the VP debate. And I came in here to express my sadness that Gwen didn't get chosen. She was by far the best moderator last time imo.
 
2012-08-13 03:08:13 PM  

abb3w: 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....


You think there's a chance in hell Romney or Ryan would do an interview with Stewart or Colbert? Hah.
 
2012-08-13 03:08:29 PM  
www.freesharewaredepot.com
Hmmmm. Too bad there are no established formats for debates that would eliminate the posturing and avoidance of politicians.
 
2012-08-13 03:08:30 PM  

abb3w: Maybe be evil and simply book both Romeny and Obama for an interview in the same time slot, then do a gotcha on them....


i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-13 03:09:12 PM  
Would have loved to see Obama rip through her [questions] like small pox in an aboriginal population.

www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com
 
2012-08-13 03:11:25 PM  

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. Let's bring Lyse Doucet over from the BBC, and giver her the ability to ask as many followup questions as she sees fit to actually get questions answered.
 
2012-08-13 03:11:50 PM  

Coco LaFemme: "President Obama, why did you campaign in 2008 as a liberal


Obama campaigned as a liberal in 2008?
 
2012-08-13 03:13:28 PM  

abb3w: 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....


I would love to see Ryan or Romney agree to an interview with Stewart. There's no way it would happen, but it would have the potential to be glorious.
 
2012-08-13 03:13:35 PM  

abb3w: 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....


The SS might catch that one first. "Wait, unit bravo, say again? You're going to be where on the 17th?"

Or that night, one side is going to report there's a bunch of fake secret service guys wandering around and someone's getting arrested...
 
2012-08-13 03:15:20 PM  

Name_Omitted: 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. Let's bring Lyse Doucet over from the BBC, and giver her the ability to ask as many followup questions as she sees fit to actually get questions answered.


Heck, bring over that woman from Weakest Link.
 
2012-08-13 03:17:34 PM  

DamnYankees: 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.


Romney would say no...because he'd fold under questioning.
 
2012-08-13 03:18:52 PM  

Coco LaFemme: "President Obama, why did you campaign in 2008 as a liberal, when you never governed as one the last four years?"


Notsureifyourserious.jpg
 
2012-08-13 03:20:21 PM  
I was hoping to see one of the debates moderated by IBM's Watson, that would interpret the candidate's speeches in real-time and blast sirens and spinny red lights every time a candidate lied.
 
2012-08-13 03:25:12 PM  
I'll have some homemade blackberry hooch ready for at least one of these debates, plus a lot of beer.

I'm already planning on calling in sick the day after.
 
2012-08-13 03:28:38 PM  

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


That would put me on the floor. Man, one thing that bugged me about the debates last time is how often "Joe the plumber....Joe six pack...Joe Etc" was brought up. Maybe because my name's Joe.
 
2012-08-13 03:31:26 PM  

EnviroDude: 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?


Only Teabaggers care about College records and religious mumbo jumbo.
 
2012-08-13 03:33:41 PM  

DamnYankees: 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.


Skip the questions and just give them punches
 
2012-08-13 03:37:10 PM  
Mr. President, I have only one question for you. Its a question that has been on my mind, and the minds of many Americans for a long time, and its a question that you have been asked again and again, and failed to answer.

Mr. President:

Where is your birth certificate? Where?

*drops mic*
 
2012-08-13 03:38:23 PM  
Someone really needs to post the Kurgan guy from Highlander in the hotel with "Candy".

"Hi, I'm Candy"..

(insert your choice of candidate here) "Of course you are"

Bonus points for corrective photoshopping. ;)


/I can dream.
//at work, limited dreaming.
 
2012-08-13 03:38:43 PM  

NeoCortex42: abb3w: 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....

I would love to see Ryan or Romney agree to an interview with Stewart. There's no way it would happen, but it would have the potential to be glorious.


You never know he did agreed to an interview on MSNBC so it could happen.

what_now: . 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.


Hardly. While I haven't see Ryan in a debate I believe he is smart, articulate and won't be intimidated by Biden.
 
2012-08-13 03:39:33 PM  

Coco LaFemme: "President Obama, why did you campaign in 2008 as a liberal, when you never governed as one the last four years?"


He didn't. He ran as a moderate Republican. It was McCain and the news media who sold the notion that he was the liberalest liberal who ever libbed.
 
2012-08-13 03:39:40 PM  

ManateeGag: anyone figure out how to resurrect Tim Russert yet?


This is a joke, right? Russert was terrible. His got'cha questions were puerile and he was a sycophant to the aristocracy.
 
2012-08-13 03:43:20 PM  
So Softball Bob Schieffer will be lobbing a few practice balls at Romney? Hope he resists the urge to felate him on national television again.

"Governor Romney, your campaign has the momentum of a runaway locomotive. Why are you so popular?"

/just read from the card, honey.
 
2012-08-13 03:43:34 PM  
I'd like to see the moderators given a button that will instantly cut a candidate's mike if the moderator feels he is getting off-topic.
 
2012-08-13 03:44:35 PM  
I expect Romney to get his ass handed to him in the debates. In the primary debates and really throughout this race, he continues to be totally unprepared for questions he should have known were going to be asked, and he becomes flustered so easily.
 
2012-08-13 03:44:59 PM  
Since when do moderators do that?
 
2012-08-13 03:45:04 PM  
We just need a moderator equipped with a laptop googling the answers and also a "Bullshiat Klaxon" to blow every time someone lies.

Better yet, have a panel of people googling. Saves time.
 
2012-08-13 03:46:16 PM  

Skwishmitten: We just need a moderator equipped with a laptop googling the answers and also a "Bullshiat Klaxon" to blow every time someone lies.

Better yet, have a panel of people googling. Saves time.


Only problem with that is the media would immediately just start counting bs klaxons without ever providing context for them.
 
2012-08-13 03:46:17 PM  

bullwrinkle: Hardly. While I haven't see Ryan in a debate I believe he is smart, articulate and won't be intimidated by Biden.


Yep. The VP debate will be very interesting. I think to educated people watching, Biden will walk away with it. However, Ryan will keep his cool and spout enough BS that the debate will be considered a draw. As entertaining as the debates will likely be, I'd love it if they would just let the candidates directly ask question back and forth, with the moderator just guiding the subject matter. Either that or at least have a moderator that's willing to say "that's not the question and has nothing to do with what I asked".
 
2012-08-13 03:48:11 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Skwishmitten: We just need a moderator equipped with a laptop googling the answers and also a "Bullshiat Klaxon" to blow every time someone lies.

Better yet, have a panel of people googling. Saves time.

Only problem with that is the media would immediately just start counting bs klaxons without ever providing context for them.


That's fine. It might even be better to distill the candidates down like that for the common man, the working stiff... you know, morons.
 
2012-08-13 03:48:25 PM  

thornhill: I expect Romney to get his ass handed to him in the debates. In the primary debates and really throughout this race, he continues to be totally unprepared for questions he should have known were going to be asked, and he becomes flustered so easily.


Damn near every interview I see with Romney goes the same way. The interviewer asks about Romney's history, or some controversial part of his platform, and the only response is "Obama has ruined the country and we need him to leave". He absolutely refuses to even defend his own policies or history.
 
2012-08-13 03:52:25 PM  

Coco LaFemme: "President Obama, why did you campaign in 2008 as a liberal, when you never governed as one the last four years?"


Obama never campaigned as an extreme liberal; he ran as a mainstream Democrat.

Now, McCain and Palin accused him of being the most liberal lib that ever libbed, but that's not what he was saying at the time. If you were listening to them as opposed Obama that's not Obama's fault.
 
2012-08-13 03:53:45 PM  

EnviroDude: 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?


Obama: "Because it would serve no purpose other than to give partisan retards more fodder for their stupid conspiracy theories."

Romney: "Who gives a fark."
 
2012-08-13 03:54:01 PM  
Candy Crowley? Really? That's the best they could get? If they were trying for a woman, I mean, I know they couldn't get someone overly outspoken even if it's someone like Rachel Maddow, but... what about, for example, Isha Sesay?
 
2012-08-13 03:56:47 PM  
I vote for the candidate who spends the most time thanking people before he starts answering questions.
 
2012-08-13 03:57:10 PM  
So we're getting a total of four debates this year -two Presidential and two Veep?

Well, that sucks on wheels.
 
2012-08-13 03:58:05 PM  

Gosling: Candy Crowley? Really? That's the best they could get? If they were trying for a woman, I mean, I know they couldn't get someone overly outspoken even if it's someone like Rachel Maddow, but... what about, for example, Isha Sesay?


Alex Wagner.

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[yum]
 
2012-08-13 03:58:37 PM  

Coco LaFemme: 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?"


Zing! but Coco, if you are going to ask smart questions you are going to stand out vs. the Idiocracy crowd around here (which I are a proud member, of course).

BRAWNDO!
 
2012-08-13 03:58:42 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: So we're getting a total of four debates this year -two Presidential and two Veep?

Well, that sucks on wheels.


3 Presidential (one of which is town hall style), 1 Veep
 
2012-08-13 03:59:38 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: So we're getting a total of four debates this year -two Presidential and two Veep?

Well, that sucks on wheels.


yet the gop had more debates between themselves than March Madness has televised games... It's almost as if someone was trying to minimize exposure under open debate to hide their obvious and glaring flaws... Hmmm
 
2012-08-13 04:00:24 PM  

Coco LaFemme: 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?"


You want to know how money works?

You think Obama campaigned as a liberal in 2008?

There's a reason those questions will not be asked and it's not the reason you are imagining.
 
2012-08-13 04:00:46 PM  

vernonFL: Candy Crowley? Could be a stripper, or could be fat.

Stripper? Or fat.

[i.cdn.turner.com image 220x168]


Damnit.


Wow, Chris Farley has really gone to shiat...he looks like hell.
 
2012-08-13 04:01:41 PM  

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


I would go with: "The Mormon Church was officially racist until 1978, when you were 31 years old and a high ranking member of the church. Considering that your opponent is an African American, I think you need to answer whether you did not believe in the beliefs of your church, or were you a racist at the time? Do you continue to not believe in your church if your answer is the former, and are you still a racist if the answer is the latter?"
 
2012-08-13 04:01:48 PM  
Honestly though, I would pay to watch a roundtable with Rmoney, Rand...i mean Ryan, Biden and Obama led by Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and the RZA
 
2012-08-13 04:02:05 PM  
CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.
 
2012-08-13 04:03:33 PM  
You know what I wanna know? Why are they always picking the Moderaters. That's discrimination! When are we going to see an honest to goodness Conservatater at one these here 'debates'!?!?
 
2012-08-13 04:05:26 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?


yeah but it's USA Today so that's about par for them.
 
2012-08-13 04:06:56 PM  

simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.


yeah some of the Catholic church still believes in helping the poor not getting rich off of them.
 
2012-08-13 04:07:36 PM  
A Presidential debate moderated by Fareed Zakaria would be fascinating.
 
2012-08-13 04:07:48 PM  

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.


just sell the phone, dude.
 
2012-08-13 04:08:09 PM  

simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.


I don't know about that because, you know, abortion.
 
2012-08-13 04:08:36 PM  
My question is for both candidates and has multiple parts.

In the last two years leading up to this election, how many private meetings have you or your senior staff had with executives or representatives of the firm, Goldman Sachs? What issues were discussed in the meetings? And finally, do you think firms like Goldman Sachs have an unfair amount of influence over politics?
 
2012-08-13 04:09:51 PM  

simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.


Worry not my good friend, they will.
 
2012-08-13 04:10:06 PM  

SlothB77: 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.


Yeah! They should drill him about his Birf Certificate and Condiment choices too!
 
2012-08-13 04:10:15 PM  

www.undueinfluence.com

Sorely missed

 
2012-08-13 04:10:17 PM  

oldass31: A Presidential debate moderated by Fareed Zakaria would be fascinating.


Nah, he'd just plagiarize the questions from someone like Gwen Ifill.
 
2012-08-13 04:10:28 PM  

Hobodeluxe: simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.

yeah some of the Catholic church still believes in helping the poor not getting rich off of them.


The nuns do. Not the bishops. The bishops will support Ryan. The nuns will not.
 
2012-08-13 04:11:04 PM  

Geotpf: I would go with: "The Mormon Church was officially racist until 1978, when you were 31 years old and a high ranking member of the church. Considering that your opponent is an African American, I think you need to answer whether you did not believe in the beliefs of your church, or were you a racist at the time? Do you continue to not believe in your church if your answer is the former, and are you still a racist if the answer is the latter?"


Or:
The founder and first six(?) Prophets of your religion were all racists who were insistent that blacks were less then human. Who was right, the Prophet in 1978 or Joesph Smith?
 
2012-08-13 04:12:05 PM  
Media orchestrated pro-corporate propaganda.

"President Obama, the challenger, Gov. Romney, has declared that if he were elected President that he would move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. My question, Mr. President, is why you do not love Israel as much as Gov. Romney?"
 
2012-08-13 04:13:46 PM  

lennavan: Hobodeluxe: simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.

yeah some of the Catholic church still believes in helping the poor not getting rich off of them.

The nuns do. Not the bishops. The bishops will support Ryan. The nuns will not.


Probably very true.
 
2012-08-13 04:13:56 PM  

simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.


I learned from some conservatroll on facebook this week that CNN is still the Communist News Network. I mean, Lou Dobbs (yeah, I know, former host), Mary Matalin, Bill Bennett, Alex Goudoloupodopogapolos - doesn't get much more libby than that. Also, Erin Burnett from CNBC, total lib tits there.
 
2012-08-13 04:14:28 PM  

assets.rollingstone.com

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector

 
2012-08-13 04:14:38 PM  

oldass31: A Presidential debate moderated by Fareed Zakaria would be fascinating.


he's in a little bit of hot water, right now.

CNN has suspended him for a month for plagiarism -- during this month they will be going over every article he wrote for mistakes and unattributed quotes. If they find anything significant he will not have another job, except possibly as a side-kick on morning joe.
 
2012-08-13 04:15:30 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Geotpf: I would go with: "The Mormon Church was officially racist until 1978, when you were 31 years old and a high ranking member of the church. Considering that your opponent is an African American, I think you need to answer whether you did not believe in the beliefs of your church, or were you a racist at the time? Do you continue to not believe in your church if your answer is the former, and are you still a racist if the answer is the latter?"

Or:
The founder and first six(?) Prophets of your religion were all racists who were insistent that blacks were less then human. Who was right, the Prophet in 1978 or Joesph Smith?


Nice. I like that.
 
2012-08-13 04:17:16 PM  

coeyagi: simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.

I learned from some conservatroll on facebook this week that CNN is still the Communist News Network. I mean, Lou Dobbs (yeah, I know, former host), Mary Matalin, Bill Bennett, Alex Goudoloupodopogapolos - doesn't get much more libby than that. Also, Erin Burnett from CNBC, total lib tits there.


they also employ Eric Ericson and once employed Glenn Beck lest we forget.

and Wolff Blitzer is as neocon as they come.
 
2012-08-13 04:18:32 PM  

Hobodeluxe: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x425]

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector


I'm happy to have liberals with their own shows -- I think smart liberals should present our positions and defend them.

But neither Moyer nor Maddow should be the MODERATOR for a debate -- they can be on a panel that asks questions but moderation does not seem to be their strong point.
 
2012-08-13 04:19:17 PM  

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


Lol, I had completely forgotten about him. Sam Donaldson was without a doubt one of the 20th century's biggest assholes. Universally loathed by all, even his loyal viewers. But the man was fair and topical. You didn't just fire off a platitude in response to a question of his and hope to get away with it.

I tried to find the Hunter Thompson quote, but gave up, so to paraphrase: "There are some noises no man deserves to hear, and Sam Donaldson screeching at a press conference is one of them."
 
2012-08-13 04:21:02 PM  

keithgabryelski: Hobodeluxe: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x425]

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector

I'm happy to have liberals with their own shows -- I think smart liberals should present our positions and defend them.

But neither Moyer nor Maddow should be the MODERATOR for a debate -- they can be on a panel that asks questions but moderation does not seem to be their strong point.


I think they'd be fine. but I wouldn't mind one of them paired up with Chris Wallace from Fox news.
 
2012-08-13 04:22:09 PM  

keithgabryelski: Hobodeluxe: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x425]

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector

I'm happy to have liberals with their own shows -- I think smart liberals should present our positions and defend them.

But neither Moyer nor Maddow should be the MODERATOR for a debate -- they can be on a panel that asks questions but moderation does not seem to be their strong point.


I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.
 
2012-08-13 04:23:17 PM  

Geotpf: Satanic_Hamster: Geotpf: I would go with: "The Mormon Church was officially racist until 1978, when you were 31 years old and a high ranking member of the church. Considering that your opponent is an African American, I think you need to answer whether you did not believe in the beliefs of your church, or were you a racist at the time? Do you continue to not believe in your church if your answer is the former, and are you still a racist if the answer is the latter?"

Or:
The founder and first six(?) Prophets of your religion were all racists who were insistent that blacks were less then human. Who was right, the Prophet in 1978 or Joesph Smith?

Nice. I like that.


That's always been an interesting thing/problem with the Mormons. Their branch/religion was founded in modern enough history that it's very well documented publicly (and even more detailed I imagine in their own secret archives). It's not like they can claim this is something from 2000 years ago that wasn't written down for several hundred years afterwards and translated through four different languages and that this is just a reinterpretation of the old writing.

This is only 150ish years down the line in a religion that says their Prophet is the unquestionable word of God.
 
2012-08-13 04:24:38 PM  

imontheinternet: I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.


That would be a total clusterfark. I'd watch it for the hilarity, but I really don't know what possible value anyone would get out of it.
 
2012-08-13 04:26:51 PM  

Skwishmitten: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Skwishmitten: We just need a moderator equipped with a laptop googling the answers and also a "Bullshiat Klaxon" to blow every time someone lies.

Better yet, have a panel of people googling. Saves time.

Only problem with that is the media would immediately just start counting bs klaxons without ever providing context for them.

That's fine. It might even be better to distill the candidates down like that for the common man, the working stiff... you know, morons.


Skwishkitten Johnson is right!
 
2012-08-13 04:26:55 PM  

ManateeGag: anyone figure out how to resurrect Tim Russert yet?


man i wish they would. sure miss him sunday mornings.
 
2012-08-13 04:27:46 PM  

imontheinternet: keithgabryelski: Hobodeluxe: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x425]

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector

I'm happy to have liberals with their own shows -- I think smart liberals should present our positions and defend them.

But neither Moyer nor Maddow should be the MODERATOR for a debate -- they can be on a panel that asks questions but moderation does not seem to be their strong point.

I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.


nah I'd rather have some modicum of decorum and discourse. otherwise you might just as well have Glenn Beck and Randy Rhodes
 
2012-08-13 04:27:47 PM  

sprawl15: imontheinternet: I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.

That would be a total clusterfark. I'd watch it for the hilarity, but I really don't know what possible value anyone would get out of it.


If politics is going to turn into the WWE anyway, we might as well see a cage match.
 
2012-08-13 04:28:22 PM  

sprawl15: imontheinternet: I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.

That would be a total clusterfark. I'd watch it for the hilarity, but I really don't know what possible value anyone would get out of it.


Instead of the candidates spouting talking points, the moderators would do it for them...
 
2012-08-13 04:29:17 PM  

imontheinternet: keithgabryelski: Hobodeluxe: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x425]

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector

I'm happy to have liberals with their own shows -- I think smart liberals should present our positions and defend them.

But neither Moyer nor Maddow should be the MODERATOR for a debate -- they can be on a panel that asks questions but moderation does not seem to be their strong point.

I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.


that would be ridiculous -- the candidates would have to unwind the fallacies before starting to answer the kernel of each question.

Get people that ask good honest questions and ensure the question gets answered (Olbermann is better than Hannity at being honest -- but not by much)

Maddow is better than either of them. Jon Stewart would ask a reasonable question (but he's too goofy to actually be considered).
Fareed would be good -- although he's out

Maybe get a foreign correspondent from Al Jezeera to ask a tough foreign policy question
 
Heb
2012-08-13 04:30:09 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.


I would farking love to see Paxman moderate a debate.

Jon Snow or Dimbleby would also be good.
 
2012-08-13 04:30:10 PM  

Hobodeluxe: assets.rollingstone.com

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector


Sure. But why the lie detector?

"President and Exalted Leader Obama, has a meter been created that could accurately capture the stratospheric level of your awesomeness?"

"Rmoney, could you be more evil?"
 
2012-08-13 04:31:00 PM  

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

This is what I've been saying.


*teehee*
 
2012-08-13 04:31:25 PM  

Cletus C.: "President and Exalted Leader Obama, has a meter been created that could accurately capture the stratospheric level of your awesomeness?"

"Rmoney, could you be more evil?"


Have you ever watched her show? She often lays into Obama for not being liberal enough.
 
2012-08-13 04:34:09 PM  

FishyFred: Cletus C.: "President and Exalted Leader Obama, has a meter been created that could accurately capture the stratospheric level of your awesomeness?"

"Rmoney, could you be more evil?"

Have you ever watched her show? She often lays into Obama for not being liberal enough.


Sure. And Palin doesn't think Romney is conservative enough so I guess she'd be a fair moderator, as well.
 
2012-08-13 04:34:23 PM  

Aarontology: 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.


This.

Also..
Oct. 16 town hall-style debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Lovely, now I can get all ragey on my birthday too
 
2012-08-13 04:34:28 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 thing is, the Prime Minister is a member of Parliament, while the President is not a member of Congress. In the Us, the President and Congress are co-equal; having him called to the carpet by Congress, especially on a regular basis, is saying Congress is his boss, which is not how the system works. The PM, while holding much of the executive power in Britain, is still part of Parliament, and having him answer to his colleagues is perfectly in line with his place in the legislative part of the British government.

Also, in the Westminster system, the PM is (usually) a sort of theoretical dictator. His party (or coalition) holds a majority of seats in Parliament, and his people hold most of the ministerships. In theory, he can pass what he wants, when he wants, and no power can do anything about it (especially now that Lords has had what balls it had left lopped off). Tradition and fear of voter reprisals tends to keep this in check, but the questioning also serves a purpose by making the PM have to explain himself. the panto mummery of it all is because they all realize this is a form of public shaming to keep the PM in check, and that he could - in theory - just ramrod everything he wants through by main force and/or have the opposition purged from Parliament (looking at you, Pride). So he makes a big deal of being magnanimous enough to take it, his supporters and opponents cheer, boo, and hiss at the appropriate times and in the appropriate manner for their sides, people get to air grievances (real and imagined), and Britain continues their weird little dance of governmental Calvinball (which I admit has generally tottered along reasonably well - though you do wonder at a system where the main check on tyranny is that no one has been a complete evil bastard yet).
 
2012-08-13 04:35:01 PM  

Gosling: Candy Crowley? Really? That's the best they could get? If they were trying for a woman, I mean, I know they couldn't get someone overly outspoken even if it's someone like Rachel Maddow, but... what about, for example, Isha Sesay?


How well do you think having a British journalist conduct a U.S. Presidential debate would go over?

Crowley is a decent choice. She's well informed and doesn't come across as partisan.
 
2012-08-13 04:35:02 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I like them both, but I'd prefer to see David Gregory in there as well.


he is the most disappointing host in the history of hosting. i can't get through one entire episode of MTP without screaming at the tv about some dumb shiat he said.

used to enjoy Russet on MTP and watched fairly often. now once every couple of months.
 
2012-08-13 04:36:17 PM  

sprawl15: imontheinternet: I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.

That would be a total clusterfark. I'd watch it for the hilarity, but I really don't know what possible value anyone would get out of it.


To be honest, I think that scenario would work to Dem favor. Think about it - Hannity is utterly incapable of asking a question that isn't framed a certain way. "Mr. President, so many people think you hate America and religion. Convince them otherwise"

Olbermann is by my estimation about 75% as douchey as Hannity, but from time to time he's been known ask a real question, And we all know how Romney handles those.

Ultimately I envision Obama handing Hannity his ass and Romney stumbling to answer a simple question about his tax plan.
 
2012-08-13 04:37:15 PM  

KingPsyz: Honestly though, I would pay to watch a roundtable with Rmoney, Rand...i mean Ryan, Biden and Obama led by Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and the RZA


RZA: Aight, the first question is for President Ob--

Method Man: Legalize it!

RZA: Be cool, man. We'll get to that.

Ghostface Killah: The f*ck you smilin' at, white boy? Yeah you, Eddie Munster. How bout I come over there an' slap that f*ckin smirk off your face?

RZA: Gentlemen... Please try to control your outbursts. We're trying to have a serious dicussion.

Ghostface Killah: I'm seriously about to slap that muthaf*cka.

Method Man: He do look like Eddie Munster.

RZA: (sigh) I knew I shoulda brought Deck and GZA.
 
2012-08-13 04:37:35 PM  

Cletus C.: Sure. And Palin doesn't think Romney is conservative enough so I guess she'd be a fair moderator, as well.


don't be a turd about this.

Maddow has a history of asking honest questions on both sides. She's still partisan enough not to be trusted to moderate a debate, but she's reasonable.

Palin has a history of hysterics and quotes like "lame stream media"
 
2012-08-13 04:39:33 PM  

qorkfiend: Instead of the candidates spouting talking points, the moderators would do it for them...


Voiceover: "In the interests of balanced moderation, both sides have agreed to certain ground rules."
Olbermann: "For this debate, I have agreed to refrain from playing classical music during my questioning."
Hannity: "For purposes of this debate, I will assume that Obama is a natural-born American citizen."

imontheinternet: If politics is going to turn into the WWE anyway, we might as well see a cage match.


I'd be down for that. Either that or a talent show.
 
2012-08-13 04:43:35 PM  

sprawl15: qorkfiend: Instead of the candidates spouting talking points, the moderators would do it for them...

Voiceover: "In the interests of balanced moderation, both sides have agreed to certain ground rules."
Olbermann: "For this debate, I have agreed to refrain from playing classical music during my questioning."
Hannity: "For purposes of this debate, I will assume that Obama is a natural-born American citizen."

imontheinternet: If politics is going to turn into the WWE anyway, we might as well see a cage match.

I'd be down for that. Either that or a talent show.


They tried that last year but they ran out of time.

0.tqn.com
 
2012-08-13 04:43:49 PM  

FishyFred: Cletus C.: "President and Exalted Leader Obama, has a meter been created that could accurately capture the stratospheric level of your awesomeness?"

"Rmoney, could you be more evil?"

Have you ever watched her show? She often lays into Obama for not being liberal enough.


Not just for not being liberal enough, but for his actual non-partisan fark-ups. When someone spends most of their time openly mocking Republicans, it doesn't make you a default Obama acolyte.

The difference between liberal commentators and their Fox brethren is that people like Maddow routinely tear Democrats a new one on their show, while Hannity finds ways to defend the indefensible. "Paul Ryan discovered raping a 7 year-old boy. Was he framed by Democrats? We'll talk about it after the break."
 
2012-08-13 04:44:48 PM  

phalamir: 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 thing is, the Prime Minister is a member of Parliament, while the President is not a member of Congress. In the Us, the President and Congress are co-equal; having him called to the carpet by Congress, especially on a regular basis, is saying Congress is his boss, which is not how the system works. The PM, while holding much of the executive power in Britain, is still part of Parliament, and having him answer to his colleagues is perfectly in line with his place in the legislative part of the British government.

Also, in the Westminster system, the PM is (usually) a sort of theoretical dictator. His party (or coalition) holds a majority of seats in Parliament, and his people hold most of the ministerships. In theory, he can pass what he wants, when he wants, and no power can do anything about it (especially now that Lords has had what balls it had left lopped off). Tradition and fear of voter reprisals tends to keep this in check, but the questioning also serves a purpose by making the PM have to explain himself. the panto mummery of it all is because they all realize this is a form of public shaming to keep the PM in check, and that he could - in theory - just ramrod everything he wants through by main force and/or have the opposition purged from Parliament (looking at you, Pride). So he makes a big deal of being magnanimous enough to take it, his supporters and opponents cheer, boo, and hiss at the appropriate times and in the appropriate manner for their sides, people get to air grievances (real and im ...


OK then, the Vice President. He's sort of a member of the Senate.
 
2012-08-13 04:49:25 PM  

Rwa2play: Coco LaFemme: "President Obama, why did you campaign in 2008 as a liberal, when you never governed as one the last four years?"

Notsureifyourserious.jpg


Obama may have done some liberal stuff (ok he did) but his record on civil rights is right of Bush. some will say that he couldn't get congress to go along with closing gitmo or the new york terrorist trials and there is some truth in that. but the expansions of all the warrantless shiat and the expansion of FISA , etc etc. has been more than disappointing.
 
2012-08-13 04:51:39 PM  

NewportBarGuy: 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.


david gregory? this guy here? clowning himself for his piper, karl rove

http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=KdvHwtRdg_I
 
2012-08-13 04:52:08 PM  

Hobodeluxe: I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector


Shhhhh! Ix-nay on tha addow-May, that's just begging for another WTF thread...
 
2012-08-13 04:54:04 PM  

Wendy's Chili: KingPsyz: Honestly though, I would pay to watch a roundtable with Rmoney, Rand...i mean Ryan, Biden and Obama led by Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and the RZA

RZA: Aight, the first question is for President Ob--

Method Man: Legalize it!

RZA: Be cool, man. We'll get to that.

Ghostface Killah: The f*ck you smilin' at, white boy? Yeah you, Eddie Munster. How bout I come over there an' slap that f*ckin smirk off your face?

RZA: Gentlemen... Please try to control your outbursts. We're trying to have a serious dicussion.

Ghostface Killah: I'm seriously about to slap that muthaf*cka.

Method Man: He do look like Eddie Munster.

RZA: (sigh) I knew I shoulda brought Deck and GZA.


See? BRILLIANT!
 
2012-08-13 04:54:13 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: I want to see a debate with Colbert and Stewart moderating.

At min, Biden and Ryan should appear on Colbert together for a mini-debate.


I would watch this.
 
2012-08-13 04:54:30 PM  

theknuckler_33: simplicimus: CNN just put a strange spin on the VP debate: one side of the Catholic Church vs the other side. Hint, the council of Bishops is not supporting Ryan.

I don't know about that because, you know, abortion.


The abortion debate is like talking about outlawing hurricanes. It's legal and will take a Constitutional amendment to change the law.
 
2012-08-13 04:59:13 PM  

firefly212: oldass31: A Presidential debate moderated by Fareed Zakaria would be fascinating.

not gonna happen, he's already suspended for a month for plagiarism... there just isn't time for him to recover his reputation for that.


Shoulda been permanently if you ask me.
 
2012-08-13 04:59:24 PM  
They couldn't get this chick?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-13 05:04:20 PM  

keithgabryelski: Maybe get a foreign correspondent from Al Jezeera to ask a tough foreign policy question


and do it on a fox news debate. you could hear heads asspolding all over the USA.
 
2012-08-13 05:11:12 PM  

wookiee cookie: david gregory? this guy here? clowning himself for his piper, karl rove


that was what started me not liking david gregory.
 
2012-08-13 05:11:43 PM  

dickfreckle: FishyFred: Cletus C.: "President and Exalted Leader Obama, has a meter been created that could accurately capture the stratospheric level of your awesomeness?"

"Rmoney, could you be more evil?"

Have you ever watched her show? She often lays into Obama for not being liberal enough.

Not just for not being liberal enough, but for his actual non-partisan fark-ups. When someone spends most of their time openly mocking Republicans, it doesn't make you a default Obama acolyte.

The difference between liberal commentators and their Fox brethren is that people like Maddow routinely tear Democrats a new one on their show, while Hannity finds ways to defend the indefensible. "Paul Ryan discovered raping a 7 year-old boy. Was he framed by Democrats? We'll talk about it after the break."


Oh yeah. But speaking of Fox, Bill O'Reilly also is critical of Republicans at times. Perhaps we have found two voices of moderation who will lead us safely from this quagmire of political partisanship.
 
2012-08-13 05:12:14 PM  
Three Presidential Debates.

1) Domestic policy not related to healthcare
2) Domestic policy related to healthcare--including impact on the debt
3) Foreign policy

That'll boil down to

1) Taxes and EPA regulation (and MAYBE alternate fuel sources)
2) Obamacare v Romneycare, most socialism or most socialism evar?
3) Israel's role in the Expanding American Hegemony

But at least it will highlight the core differences between the candidates.
 
2012-08-13 05:15:42 PM  

palelizard: The SS might catch that one first.


Very likely. The question is, would they feel any obligation to tell their protectees?
 
2012-08-13 05:22:42 PM  

Party Boy: 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.


I like the idea of Prime Ministers Questions. If you can't handle being grilled on current events by your own countrymen for an hour out of each week then maybe you're not the right person to represent your country on the world stage.
 
2012-08-13 05:25:36 PM  

abb3w: palelizard: The SS might catch that one first.

Very likely. The question is, would they feel any obligation to tell their protectees?


Obama, definitely. Romney... eh, maybe not so much. And I think Obama'd roll with it.

Romney: "You're supposed to protect me! How could you let this happen?"
SS Detail Head: "The Secret Service is not your personal scheduling secretary, sir. When apprised of the situation, we felt physical security would be at its highest nearest the President. That was our primary concern."
Romney: "But what about my political security?"
SSDH: "Then maybe you shouldn't have given my mother cancer, sir." Into sleeve mike: "Okay, Rich Mitch is ready to go, moving to motorcade."
 
2012-08-13 05:26:33 PM  

Cletus C.: Oh yeah. But speaking of Fox, Bill O'Reilly also is critical of Republicans at times


I'll give you that. I just wish ORLY wasn't such a tool the rest of the time. But I've watched his show enough, and have seen him interview with the regular media, to know that he's not a complete assbag.

If you've been around Fark long enough you've undoubtedly heard someone say, "It's pretty damn sad when Bill O'Reilly is the voice of reason at Fox News." He is, as far as the pundits go. Much like Maddow is to MSNBC. I tried watching whomever that insufferable douchebag who precedes/follows her (can't recall because I never watched again, and it was essentially Hannity in an alternate universe. I absolutely despise that sort of thing even when I agree with the sentiment.
 
2012-08-13 05:26:57 PM  

sprawl15: imontheinternet: I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.

That would be a total clusterfark. I'd watch it for the hilarity, but I really don't know what possible value anyone would get out of it.


It would be a massive shiatshow.

"Why are you on the wrong side of history?"

"Do you wake up hating America or does that come about over the course of the day?"

"When did you decide you were too good to go by Barry?"

"When did you decide you were too good to go by Willard?"

"Will you show the American people your foreskin(or lack thereof) right now?"
 
2012-08-13 05:33:24 PM  

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.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

/thread over
 
2012-08-13 05:33:26 PM  

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Party Boy: 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.

I like the idea of Prime Ministers Questions. If you can't handle being grilled on current events by your own countrymen for an hour out of each week then maybe you're not the right person to represent your country on the world stage.


I'd love to at least have that with the Speaker of the House.
 
2012-08-13 05:48:37 PM  

dickfreckle: Cletus C.: Oh yeah. But speaking of Fox, Bill O'Reilly also is critical of Republicans at times

I'll give you that. I just wish ORLY wasn't such a tool the rest of the time. But I've watched his show enough, and have seen him interview with the regular media, to know that he's not a complete assbag.


O'Reilly IS a complete assbag, but he is so assured of his own superiority (or at least requires that level of commitment) that nobody can tell him what to do.
 
2012-08-13 06:03:47 PM  

dickfreckle: Cletus C.: Oh yeah. But speaking of Fox, Bill O'Reilly also is critical of Republicans at times

I'll give you that. I just wish ORLY wasn't such a tool the rest of the time. But I've watched his show enough, and have seen him interview with the regular media, to know that he's not a complete assbag.

If you've been around Fark long enough you've undoubtedly heard someone say, "It's pretty damn sad when Bill O'Reilly is the voice of reason at Fox News." He is, as far as the pundits go. Much like Maddow is to MSNBC. I tried watching whomever that insufferable douchebag who precedes/follows her (can't recall because I never watched again, and it was essentially Hannity in an alternate universe. I absolutely despise that sort of thing even when I agree with the sentiment.


The only voice of reason on Fox News is Shep. O'Reilly has his moments, but Shep has no problem calling something ridiculous when it is.
 
2012-08-13 06:07:27 PM  

EnviroDude: 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?


Indeed. Put them on stage and eviscerate them.

/question them as well if you just have to.
 
2012-08-13 06:07:41 PM  
Best way would be let each candidate ask the other a question and moderator only acts as a referee to determine if they actually answered the question.
 
2012-08-13 06:12:27 PM  
Looks like we all like a rousing English style parliamentary grilling.
 
2012-08-13 06:12:47 PM  

meat0918: The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Party Boy: 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.

I like the idea of Prime Ministers Questions. If you can't handle being grilled on current events by your own countrymen for an hour out of each week then maybe you're not the right person to represent your country on the world stage.

I'd love to at least have that with the Speaker of the House.


Now that we got rid of that skinny biatch with the entitlement complex, I would agree with you.

/pass it to read it and then blow it out your bony twat.
 
2012-08-13 06:19:36 PM  
The debate can be improved with just three words:

In a cage!
 
2012-08-13 06:21:19 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 got a horrible reputation in certain circles for her presidential campaign coverage in 2000 and 2004 -- treating Bush very kindly, even fawning over him, blushing and giggling when Bush called her "Dulce", crying on election night when the race had been called for Gore for a few minutes, and so on.

And, yeah, look to Google for proof of this and you'll find blog and forum posts, mostly, but it's how I remember her coverage being back then.
 
2012-08-13 06:28:35 PM  
...but then again if you search for Candy Crowley fawning, you find conservatives' blog posts accusing her of being an Obama-worshipper. I dunno, maybe she's easily bought with gifts of delicious pastries.
 
2012-08-13 06:37:35 PM  

NeoCortex42: The only voice of reason on Fox News is Shep. O'Reilly has his moments, but Shep has no problem calling something ridiculous when it is.


Agreed, but I specified "pundit." Shep is OK in my book, too, but not part of that particular conversation.

/occasionally goes to freeperland whenever Shep says something not entirely in line with The Program, especially when he looks someone in the eye and actually calls bullsh*t. It's farking hilarious (and sad).
//Harnessing freeper outrage is how we'll eventually ween ourselves from foreign oil
 
2012-08-13 06:45:42 PM  

JerkStore: The debate can be improved with just three words:

In a cage!


After the VP debates last year, I'd love to see an actual beatdown. TWO MEN ENTER. ONE MAN LEAVES.

Can we photoshop Biden into/near a V-8 Police Interceptor?
 
2012-08-13 06:45:51 PM  

dickfreckle: NeoCortex42: The only voice of reason on Fox News is Shep. O'Reilly has his moments, but Shep has no problem calling something ridiculous when it is.

Agreed, but I specified "pundit." Shep is OK in my book, too, but not part of that particular conversation.

/occasionally goes to freeperland whenever Shep says something not entirely in line with The Program, especially when he looks someone in the eye and actually calls bullsh*t. It's farking hilarious (and sad).
//Harnessing freeper outrage is how we'll eventually ween ourselves from foreign oil


Fair enough. I'd have to agree that O'Reilly is the closest to sanity as far as the pundits go.
 
2012-08-13 06:50:50 PM  
Debate moderators are the pro-wrestling referees of the

They're not there to enforce the rules. They're an integral part of the theater of it all, whose purpose is to be knocked down at the appropriate point so that one of the participants can showboat unimpeded, and to be constantly distracted by the heel team's antics while Robert Gibson jumps up and down in the corner trying to get the hot tag.

My metaphor may have gone off track near the end there.
 
2012-08-13 07:30:19 PM  

NeoCortex42: Dwight_Yeast: So we're getting a total of four debates this year -two Presidential and two Veep?

Well, that sucks on wheels.

3 Presidential (one of which is town hall style), 1 Veep


Ah, so after Biden dismantles Ryan, he doesn't get a second debate to do a glory lap.
 
2012-08-13 07:42:11 PM  

Party Boy: 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.


Republicans today would boycott debates run by women voters, just like women voters are going to boycott Republicans at the polls.
 
2012-08-13 07:58:11 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: NeoCortex42: Dwight_Yeast: So we're getting a total of four debates this year -two Presidential and two Veep?

Well, that sucks on wheels.

3 Presidential (one of which is town hall style), 1 Veep

Ah, so after Biden dismantles Ryan, he doesn't get a second debate to do a glory lap.


Nope, just some donuts in his Trans-Am out in the parking lot afterwards.
 
2012-08-13 11:26:14 PM  

imontheinternet: keithgabryelski: Hobodeluxe: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x425]

I would love to see this woman get a chance to ask questions and them be forced to answer hooked up to a lie detector

I'm happy to have liberals with their own shows -- I think smart liberals should present our positions and defend them.

But neither Moyer nor Maddow should be the MODERATOR for a debate -- they can be on a panel that asks questions but moderation does not seem to be their strong point.

I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.


Substitute Brit Hume for Hannity and I think you've got yourself a deal.
 
2012-08-13 11:40:54 PM  

lennavan: 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?

She did the VP debate. And I came in here to express my sadness that Gwen didn't get chosen. She was by far the best moderator last time imo.


And got criticized at the time for not letting either candidate run roughshod over the format, which says to me she was doing a fabulous job.
 
2012-08-14 01:02:00 AM  

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.


Seriously, I effing miss the days I used to do late night commuting and listened to the BBC World Report. Damn near every time while they were interviewing someone, if I said to myself "why the f--k don't they just ask them ___?", they inevitably did. But in a more restrained British way that allowed the interviewee to hoist himself/herself on their own petard

/Third time I've used a variation of "hoisted with his own petard" today
//gotta love the classics.
 
2012-08-14 01:05:55 AM  

Cletus C.: Oh yeah. But speaking of Fox, Bill O'Reilly also is critical of Republicans at times. Perhaps we have found two voices of moderation who will lead us safely from this quagmire of political partisanship.


Me, I just chose to ignore cable news altogether. Keeps the blood pressure down anyway.

But yeah, Maddow and O'Reilly have had moments of insight. They've also been stupid shills too, both of them, even when I agree it's uncomfortable when it's so blatant.

I just gave up and started reading all my news. I can read faster than they can talk anyway. Plus make my own opinions, bonus.
 
2012-08-14 01:10:00 AM  

NeoCortex42: but Shep has no problem calling something ridiculous when it is.


Which I do appreciate (SO's family and one of my uncles has Fox on constantly, so I can't avoid it completely). But then he cuts it with stuff like this...

Ok, I can't find the link, but basically asking what the hell the Mars Rover plans to find that would be relevant to us on Earth. Mourn the demise of science for sciences' sake.

/you know, E!, if you had more clips from The Soup online you could make profit off of them dammit
 
2012-08-14 03:28:59 AM  

imontheinternet: I wouldn't mind seeing a debate with two hyper-partisan moderators, one for each candidate. Let Keith Olbermann ask Romney questions, while Sean Hannity asks Obama questions. It wouldn't exactly be the model of decorum, but it would certainly reflect the modern political landscape quite well.


The best evidence of the terminal degradation of political discourse in this country is the idea that only "hyper-partisans" can ask tough, specific questions. The best moderator neither panders to a candidate nor attempts to speak for the candidate's opponent. It would be more informative if the moderator were to challenge Romney from the right (on the similarities between his and Obama's healthcare reforms, or how much of his work on behalf of the Salt Lake City Olympics involved lobbying for what the Tea Party would consider pork-barrel spending--federal money for Salt Lake City's light rail line and luxury student housing at the University of Utah, for instance), then turn to Obama and ask him about the human rights aspects of our drone warfare in Yemen and Pakistan, backed up with verified numbers of civilian casualties. Then let Obama challenge Romney from the left and Romney challenge Obama from the right in their rebuttals.

One question I would love somebody to ask both candidates is what they plan to do to reverse the alarming rise in suicides among active and returning servicemen over the last decade. Is the government devoting enough resources to veterans' psychiatric treatment? Are multiple tours of duty by "volunteer" soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan proving so mentally unbearable that it will be necessary to institute a draft if we wish to maintain our military presence in the region?

Somehow, I doubt that question will come up.
 
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