Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Debate questions 

Hoping to see some spontaneity resembling debate during the parallel press conferences tonight, I spent a while looking for questions others would like answered.

For Kerry to hit home runs on

Questions for Bush to strike out on

The format of the debate ended up being extremely boring. The Commission suggested the candidates be seated at a table and be able to ask each other questions. The campaigns agreed to require limiting answers to one minute. Frederick Douglas opened the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates with a 5,378 word speech. The President's 2004 State of the Union Address was just shy of that at 5,206 words. One minute and lights like a game show. Bah.

I'd love it if either candidate went over and in response to the moderator reminded America that we were talking about the future of our nation, not their choice of whatever is behind Doors 1-3. But it was the campaigns that set out these restrictive rules for themselves. I suppose it's a free country in a way, and they can agree to dumb down the debates if they wish.

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