Derek Hunter

After an earthquake and now a hurricane, this week in politics seems so boring. If you really think about it, were these people not fighting over the ability to make your life Hell, it would be really boring. But they are, so it’s not.

On with the show...

You Can Choose Any Candidate You Like, As Long As You Choose One Of These

He is a five-term U.S. Representative from a tough seat next to Detroit. He was twice elected the House GOP's Policy Chair, the caucus' fourth highest ranking member. He is been called "the smartest member of Congress," one of its "best speakers and debaters," and "the closest thing to a Reagan Republican" in the Presidential field. He is the youngest candidate for President. He also represents the district in which I grew up, but that, along with the fact that he plays a mean guitar, are minor points. The main point is you won’t see him in the next Presidential debate.

Once more Congressman Thaddeus McCotter will be barred from a Presidential debate.

I’m not saying he’s my candidate, I don’t have one yet. (Considering I live in a Democrat stronghold, my vote really isn’t going to matter anyway, but still...) But shouldn’t he be there? Shouldn’t more of them be there? At least in the first few debates?

I’ve always been of the mind that the early debates, the first two or three, should have everyone with some credibility in them. Not everyone has the money from the start, or media attention disproportional to their support (I’m looking at you, Jon Huntsman), and debates are the best way for voters to get exposure to all the options available. They should also be three hours long, which would allow for more participants.

Unfortunately they have TV events more than political events, which is up-side-down.

Presidential debates should be political events covered by TV, not the other way around. We aren’t electing the next reality show star, we’re electing a President. Commercial breaks and dumb “getting to know you” questions should be reserved for The Bachelor...or at least later debates. To properly “weed the field” the field actually needs to be present.


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.