Debating The Debates


The endurance marathon that was the last Republican candidates debate may still be running somewhere in an alternate universe as a means of extracting confessions from prisoners. With the general election still more than a year away, the next exercise in confirming already firmly held beliefs will bring the Democrats to the stage on October 13 followed by a third times not the charm for the Republicans on October 28. Full Presidential Debate Schedule

In the interest of injecting some sanity into the process, if you were a moderator for these stultifying exercises, what questions would you ask? You can make it a general to all or to a specific individual.


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26 Responses to Debating The Debates

  1. Jamie says:

    Both Tony and Patd left comments early today on the previous thread. Please take the time to visit them. Thank you.


  2. patd says:

    tony, thanks for linking the turks’ “what lies beneath” re the fibs told by the debaters. the really big one was jebbie’s pointed out beginning at 6:18 secs …. worth the listen.


  3. patd says:

    Jamie, don’t feel too bad about megyn. according to
    “Finding yourself on the wrong side of aspiring Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Rising cable news star Megyn Kelly has just signed with Creative Artists Agency.”


  4. Jamie says:

    Save time on the next debate. Let Trevor Noah tell you what was said 🙂


  5. Trump needs to hear that old Pat Buchanan joke about the people at the rally yelling racist racist are his supporters


  6. patd says:

    cat fight! cat fight!

    An alleged physical altercation in a bar between two presidential campaign staffers cast an ugly shadow over the start of the Republican Leadership Conference on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, where a slew of presidential candidates are gathering for a weekend cattle call.
    John Yob, a Michigan political consultant working for Rand Paul, says he was punched in the face late Thursday by Marco Rubio’s deputy campaign manager, Rich Beeson, at the nearby Horn’s Bar.

    and from
    The first newsworthy incident of the GOP Mackinac conference was a barroom brawl.


  7. tonyb39 says:

    Fantasies and Fictions at G.O.P. Debate
    Paul KRUGMAN
    “I’ve been going over what was said at Wednesday’s Republican debate, and I’m terrified. You should be, too. After all, given the vagaries of elections, there’s a pretty good chance that one of these people will end up in the White House.

    Why is that scary? I would argue that all of the G.O.P. candidates are calling for policies that would be deeply destructive at home, abroad, or both. But even if you like the broad thrust of modern Republican policies, it should worry you that the men and woman on that stage are clearly living in a world of fantasies and fictions. And some seem willing to advance their ambitions with outright lies.”


  8. Jamie says:

    For those who would like a full recap of Carly Fiorina’s “Mostly False” misstatements regarding Planned Parenthood


  9. Scary probably thinks like most goopers that her statements aren’t meant to be factual


  10. patd says:

    mark shields re pope visit

    …. he’s going to make both parties very uncomfortable, because his message is not trimmed for politics. He’s going to make the Republicans quite uncomfortable on the question of poverty and the obligation that we have to act collectively. He’s very pro-politics. He believes in politics.

    He’s very strong on the environment and on climate change, contrary to many Republicans, including Marco Rubio. But, at the same time, he speaks fondly and well and consistently about protecting the unborn and those in the late stages of life who face death. He is — really, it’s going to be remarkable to watch Joe Biden and John Boehner, both Catholics, the vice president and the speaker, sitting behind him, and applauding different passages and kind of pretending they didn’t hear others.


  11. patd says:

    david brooks re pope (same link above):
    The message is the person. It’s the way he conducts himself. His love for the poor is not out of any self-congratulatory. He — whether you’re Jewish, Muslim, atheist, whatever, he is the embodiment of the Christian virtues that I think we all admire, the — seeing the meekest, seeing the poorest, seeing the lowest, and lifting them up, and seeing the brokenness in people, and then lifting them up with joy.


  12. blueINdallas says:

    Bernie!!!! Great appearance on Colbert last night. The crowd loved him!!!!

    Monday night, Colbert will have Tediuos Cruz on his show. I may just wait for the highlight reel on that one.

    Have a good weekend.


  13. tonyb39 says:

    The GOP is Outraged by Trump? Oh Please
    Yes, the Donald was out of line in New Hampshire. But no more out of line than the GOP has been for six years. And now they’re outraged?
    By Michael Tomasky


  14. tonyb39 says:

    Willing to Spend $100 Million, Donald Trump Has So Far Reveled in Free Publicity
    “He also predicted that the extensive media coverage of his campaign would help him win caucuses and primaries in every region of the country, saying that he had planned to spend $15 million on campaign commercials this summer but did not because of the “free nationwide publicity” that the cable news networks provided.”


  15. patd says:

    To the Democratic candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign is about shrinking the gap between rich and poor; combating climate change; and expanding voting rights, gay rights and workplace equality for women.
    To listen to the Republican candidates is to hear an entirely different campaign — one that centers on defeating Islamic State terrorists, deterring a nuclear Iran, restricting abortion, and debating whether to deport illegal immigrants and construct a wall to keep them out.


  16. tonyb39 says:

    Boxer hits former Senate opponent Fiorina
    By Eliza Collins

    “Here is a woman who ran against me in the worst year Democrats ever had and we won in a landslide because the people of California didn’t want her to do to the country what she did to Hewlett-Packard,” Boxer said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “She’s the face of income inequality and the face of corporate greed … She makes Mitt Romney look like a Democrat.”
    The two, who competed for Boxer’s incumbent seat in 2010, had a messy fight to the finish, with Boxer taking 52.1 percent of the vote against 42.1 percent for Fiorina.
    The Democratic senator said that out of everyone she has ever run against Fiorina “was by far the most mean-spirited opponent I ever had.”


  17. tonyb39 says:

    Biden flirts, but black lawmakers still love Clinton
    The vice president is speaking at a Congressional Black Caucus gala on Saturday as speculation mounts about a bid.
    By Lauren French
    “Joe Biden will be spending Saturday at the premiere event for black lawmakers in Washington, an appearance seen widely as a chance to test the waters for a 2016 bid among a crucial constituency.
    But interviews with nearly a dozen Congressional Black Caucus members this week make it clear: Biden will be walking into Clinton territory. The conversations point to a deep base of support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that’s unlikely to change,even if Biden enters the race.
    “I don’t see a serious primary at all,” Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). “The Clintons have inroads with the black community,and I really don’t see a contest at all. Biden is my buddy,but he’s not going anywhere.”
    Read more:


  18. tonyb39 says:

    Hillary Clinton: Building Coalitions as 56% of All Democratic Office Holders Endorse Her
    by Sassine


  19. patd says:

    Donald Trump is, according to Donald Trump, a handwriting analyst. Inspired by the GOP front-runner’s unusual skill, we at Politico Magazine decided to solicit some handwriting analysis of our own. Perhaps a bona fide expert could see in their signatures the deepest personality quirks of the 2016 presidential field—Trump included, of course.
    So, what did we learn? According to Michelle Dresbold, a graduate of the United States Secret Service’s Advanced Document Examination training program who’s written a book on the subject, Carly Fiorina’s fancy “F” is “a bit pretentious,” and Hillary Clinton’s vertical slant shows her head rules her heart. Scott Walker’s signature, which appears to be “a strange version of Joe,” signals deception. And as for Trump, his writing suggests bigheadedness, anger and fear. Someone in the GOP field, Dresbold writes, could be about to unravel; a Democratic candidate fears destruction. Oh, and there’s a phallic symbol in there, too.


  20. blueINdallas says:

    Cruz on Mionday, trump on Tuesday. I hope Colbett has a strong stomach.


  21. tonyb39 says:

    Huckabee: Obama Nominated Openly Gay Army Head To ‘Appease Homosexuals’
    Nominee Eric Fanning is obviously qualified for the role.
    Sam Levine


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