Gore/Clark/Hagel/Gingrich/Thompson - Debate?
by howardpark, Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 08:14:54 AM EDT
I want to be the first to propose that Al Gore, Wes Clark, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Hagel & Fred Thompson have a Maybe Presidential Debate. An ideal moderator would be Mario Cuomo who spent most of 1988 and 1992 deciding on a presidential candidacy which never made it off the runway of an airport tarmac in Albany. Heck, maybe Cuomo is considering a run. Anybody but Fox "News" or Fox's print inspiration, the Washington Times, should run the debate.
Of course I'm being sarcastic but actually it would be a great debate, probably better than we will see from any of the announced candidates. I also have no doubt that any of those possible candidates would be more interesting as a maybe candidate than as a real candidate.
Its been ages -- at least 5 years since they used to do it occasionally on PBS -- that there has been a real debate on TV or anywhere else that I can think of besides some college late at night on C-SPAN. I'm not counting the joint appearences that we will all be subjected to as a part of the election cycle. In such joint appearences the only thing that counts is what they don't say which is usually a lot. "Debates" among the candidates today are really collective gaffe watches -- the only real question is will somebody say something really, really stupid.
Sarcastic or not a Gore/Clark/Gingrich/Hegal/Thompson debate would be worth watching and stranger things have happened. They could have it in a non-early primary/caucus state. A real debate between, say, Clark & Gore on one side & Hagel & Gingrich on the other would sure beat a wasted evening with Chris Matthews or Wolf Blitzer. Why not?