I watched the Republican debate last night, my first and last debate of the season. I was dumbfounded, to say the least.
I heard a bit of what each candidate stood for and their views, but just a miniscule amount. I heard more backstabbing and bickering than anything else. Here were seven adults and all but one of them acted like children!
There were the he said/she said spats. There was a lot of talking over and arguing with whoever was speaking. There was an incredible amount of “so and so said this and let me tell you why that is wrong/won’t work/is absurd.”
Apparently, politicians don’t think much of the intelligence of the voting public. I would say the public as a whole, but there are so very few people who vote in this country that it is pathetic.
Do they not realize that all of their actions during a debate are scrutinized? Do we really want to elect anyone who will stand in front of millions of Americans and play the “you said this/no I didn’t” game? Why bother fighting about it. Smart voters are going to look it up on the internet anyway.
CNN seemed to egg on the bickering by letting every participant respond to the speakers remark, if they were mentioned in the remark. This, more often than not, added to the already existing childish behavior.
Why have debates anyway? My solution would be to have a set of questions on all the issues the voters feel are important. Ask each candidate the same questions. Have the candidate answer the questions with his views, not being allowed to mention or even refer to the other candidates. Put it all in a video format and let the voters have at it.
But, that would be too boring for most voters. Maybe the next debate should be held at the local playground.