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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

 
A Debate I'd Watch

Forget the YouTube presidential debate idea. To call it a three-ring circus is an insult to circuses. Here's a better idea. Get a panel of , say, eight pundits - four liberal and four conservative - and give each an equal number of questions to ask the candidates. The punditocracy tends to be less clownish than YouTubers, and CNN can't let leftist questions dominate the debate under this format.

What I want to see is a panel of eight people who can put forth sober, reasonable and insightful questions. Here's my suggestions for the conservative questioneers:

  • George Will One of our best all-around pundits.
  • Thomas Sowell One of the most multitalented intellectuals to be found anywhere.
  • Rush Limbaugh Radio's best armchair pundit. A more serious thinker than Media Matters makes him out to be.
  • Peggy Noonan Has a strong government resume along with her pundit credentials.

For the left side of the panel, David Broder is the first name that comes to mind. Clarence Page would be a good choice. Maybe throw in a Brookings scholar. Any other ideas for the liberal camp?

No, I don't want the intellectual deck stacked against the liberals - no Helen Thomas, no Al Franken. The goal is to get thoughtful and relevant questions for the candidates to answer.

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