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Those Endless, Onerous Presidential Campaigns

Kiffur Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 4:54 PM
From what I remember reading at the time of the Republican primary, I think the Lincoln-Douglas format of these debates was suggested by Speaker Gingrich, who threw out a challenge to the Republican candidates; I don't know if Mr. Cain and Senator Santorum were the only candidates who took him up on the offer, or if the lack of national sponsorship precluded any more than two such debates. What I *do* know, is that Presidential politics is the poorer for NOT using this debate format.Presidential politics should be dependent on intelligent debates, rather than on a series of infantile gameshow "events".

Whatever else the New Year brings, at least it won't be a presidential election or any of the primaries, caucuses, or conventions leading up to it. Which is more than OK with me. American presidential campaigns have grown excruciatingly overlong, and I look forward to a respite from the obsessive political coverage, the ginned-up gaffes and controversies, the rush to dissect each twitch in public opinion, the avalanche of dishonest advertising and disingenuous "fact-checking."

Of course not everyone agrees, especially in the press corps. "We all have our peculiar tastes," George F. Will once wrote. "Some people like Popsicles. Others like...