29 November 2007
The Media Gatekeepers have evidently decided that what we want no, what we need are irregular spurts of mass debating, interrupted at intervals by planted questions and by narcissists with video equipment. The inevitable result: candidates end up as commodities, and the "national dialogue" is exposed as several thousand monologues. If I never see another "debate" again, it will be too soon.
I'd watch this, though:
For the future, I’d like to propose what I call the Algonquin Round Table Debate. No moderator, no stopwatches, no buzzers or red lights, no YouTube, and, please, no Anderson Cooper or Chris Matthews. Instead, put all the candidates around a big table, ply them with first-rate food and liquor, and just let them talk and argue with one another until or beyond last call. Now that, for Democrats or Republicans, would be an event worth watching.
Over a period of years, it might even improve the quality of candidates, though I'm not getting my hopes up.Posted at 7:38 PM to Political Science Fiction