The name of this scam is talking heads

Bill Quick’s take on campaign debates is pretty much the same as mine:

Actually, if it were up to me, I’d ban debates entirely. Too much is at stake to hang a primary nomination on a mis-statement or an unimpressive makeup job.

Or, for that matter, an uninformed, possibly even hostile, moderator.

A lot of candidates complain about not getting their message out. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that these 90-second driblets don’t constitute much of a message. Right now, about the only value I see to the debates is the marked increase in snark I notice in my tweetstream.







3 comments

  1. grannie elbow »

    8 October 2011 · 12:32 am

    Don’t underestimate the value of increased snark!

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    8 October 2011 · 2:24 am

    Or, for that matter, an uninformed, possibly even hostile, bunch of voters.

  3. Francis W. Porretto »

    8 October 2011 · 7:26 am

    You guys are pikers. Ban debates? That’s like treating a cancer by retouching the patient’s X-rays. Show a little boldness!

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