Friday, October 12, 2012

Martha Raddatz and the VP Debate

On the whole, I think Martha did a very good job and certainly better than Jim Lehrer.  I hope we see her again in 4 years.

Josh Barro disagrees, and he has some valid points.
And the last 20 minutes of the debate were given over to silly questions: an abortion question (fine) framed not around policy but the candidates’ religious views (silly); an "is this campaign too negative" question that predictably led to each candidate repeating their own negative attacks; and a "what makes you unique?" question that Paul Ryan couldn’t seem to believe he was being asked. This is time that could have been spent discussing other issues that have thus far been neglected in the debates: immigration, monetary policy, housing policy, unwinding the fiscal cliff.
The last 20 minutes were just awful and I actually think Barro is too kind. I think the religious views of candidates has no place in the nationally televised debates.  Our government is designed to be free from religion and asking such nonsense questions only indulges the uninformed and childish beliefs of those who think the US is a "Christian nation" which is most assuredly not.  'Campaign negativity' or 'too expensive' questions are meaningless fluff to sooth stupid people.  This is not to say a good question about Citizen's United wouldn't have been great.  As for negative campaigns, nothing in modern American history rivals John Adams campaign against his Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.

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