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October 8th, 2008
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Your health plan gives you a gold cadillac? I *am* feeling a little sniffly, come to think of it.
So, I TiVoed and watched the "debate" last night. I thought the high point was when Tom Brokaw insisted that they'd stick to the agreed-upon format and have no additional follow-ups. Tom lost points when he later on let them have a follow-up.

Along those lines of griping about procedure, it sure would have been nice if the time limits that Tom kept mentioning actually meant something. Early on, I was hoping that they'd just cut the candidates mikes at two minutes. If that makes the candidates look stupid, learn to play by the rules that your campaigns negotiated in advance.

At the end, though, McCain ripped the curtain away and showed that the hand mikes were just props when he forgot to talk into his mike - he had a backup lapel microphone. I guess having a hand mike gives the candidates something to do with one hand while making expressive gestures with the other.

I propose that a future debate use isolation booths, have strictly enforced time limits, and, I don't know... maybe the candidates have to phrase their responses in the form of questions.

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From:ginsu
Date:October 8th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
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If that makes the candidates look stupid, learn to play by the rules that your campaigns negotiated in advance.

I wouldn't mind seeing that idea applied more generally.

Example: Political parties are supposed to represent consistent ideological platforms. That's the main point of their existence.

It would help if these platforms could be defined and clarified; then we could judge candidates and their conduct on that basis. (We might even conclude parties are useless and stop thinking in those terms.)
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From:rechercher
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh heck, let's go for extreme Jeopardy. The candidite is shown the question and then scores points if the audience can guess the question from candidate's answer.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 8th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Or perhaps they should have to tackle some more demanding challenges if they really want to run the country:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jgrzBeefJpY
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From:rechercher
Date:October 9th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That was amazing. I had to watch a bunch of other clips as well.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 9th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, if anything, Nagano made it look too easy.
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From:avon4miles
Date:October 9th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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As long as we're being idealistic, I propose that the candidates should also be limited to telling the viewers what they would do rather than what their opponent would do wrong.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 9th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
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A while ago, I heard a campaign promise for ponies for everyone and no new taxes. I'm not sure I want a pony, but it might be an effective way to keep some of the yard in control.

A coworker suggested that if he ran for office, one of his campaign promises would be that in the first month in office, he'd kill Satan. If you don't think that's a good idea, you must be Evil.
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