Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

What Debate?

September 8th, 2011

Last night’s Republican “debate” like most previous political debates amounted to little more than some candidates dodging spitballs from a couple of “reporters” intent on producing a “gotcha” moment. This is a format that extracts nothing of substance from the participants. It leaves the spectators with a choice based on appearance and body language.

Maybe that’s as deep an impression as most potential voters can absorb. But I think a majority of Americans are smarter than that. They would appreciate having a way to evaluate the candidates’ character and thinking about matters that concern them. This lowest common denominator debate format doesn’t produce anything useful.

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