As for the issues -- the boneheaded Republicans (for the most part) won't admit that Iraq is a huge mess and that even most Republicans want us to accelerate the removal of troops. The Democrats, on the other hand, have to take a virtual blood oath of complete withdrawal to gain the approval of their base.
When it comes to the economy, it's clear none of the candidates has a clue. The Democrats want to "tax the rich," but by their definition, Oprah Winfrey and a regular working couple earning a decent wage are treated one and the same. And why are we even having debates, primary or general, when we all know that Hillary will likely outperform any of these guys in a "fancy speak" contest?
The Republicans clearly don't realize that many in their base, particularly in "red" southern and southwestern states, are suffering from the results of their beloved free trade and a housing market that continues to head south. They spout off the right words, but it's clear that they are just the same old "steady as she goes" GOP, beholden to huge corporations and their longtime "establishment" ways.
Get it clear, you guys: People don't like your president or your party. They think you sold us out to globalism and cronyism. Repeating the same junk we have heard the last six years won't cut it.
So here's a challenge to all "debaters" in these snore-a-thons. Use the old debate technique of doing everything in threes. In other words, if asked what your plan is on energy, say, "I have three major ideas or points" and then state clearly what they are.
That way you might say something innovative or at least confirm to us that you have nothing to say at all.
Under those rules -- and I can't believe I'm saying this -- Ron Paul would likely eat everyone's lunch. That's a statement that would send shivers up the spine of Washington's self-appointed political elite.