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The Democrat Race… as of Right Now

Posted by Ryan on June 3, 2008

Barack Obama is on the verge of officially claiming victory over She Who Must Not Be Named. 

This morning MSNBC was reporting that insiders believed SWMNBN was going to effectively drop out tonight.  Then, denials from the campaign.  No shock from NBC, the media wing of Obama’s campaign, for running with the rumors.

Later today, talk of a possible Veep deal.

That’s about where we are as of this hour: she’s out… no she’s still in yet possibly entertaining Obama’s Veep if offered. 

Predictably, Obama’s likely to win Montana and South Dakota today and with the flood of superdelegates, grab the appropriate numbers for the nomination.

Finally this:  Jimmah Carter’s gonna endorse Obama.  Whoopee!  Can’t wait to watch all the new craziness go down tonight!

AP photo.

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New Debate Format Needed

Posted by Mike on February 26, 2008

Barack Obama and She Who Must Not Be Named are debating right now, and I’m surprised to say that I almost have a little sympathy for them. This does not stem from any affection for these two, God knows they haven’t done anything to earn my respect. The problem is the awful moderating job being done by Brian Williams and Tim Russert. Once again, debate moderators seem to think the debate is about what they want to say rather than what the voters want to hear.

When a candidate tries to respond in a debate, the moderator should just sit back, shut his mouth, listen, and only jump in if one candidate is speaking noticeably more than the other. If liberal reporters are hellbent on dominating the stage even in a Democrat debate, then John McCain needs to exercise extreme caution before he agrees to a debate format and moderator next autumn.

I never thought I’d say this, but America should learn from the French. My preferred debate format is the one used by Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal in 2006. Under this format, the candidates discuss the issues as they see fit, with little if any input from a moderator. While a candidate speaks, a clock on that candidate’s side of the screen ticks, and voila, an informative debate with time equally divided. Informative? Equal time? There’s no way the MSM would agree to this.

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