This show shouldn’t be called a “Presidential Debate”, but rather “Republicans Take De Bait—Again”.
I won’t rehash how ridiculous the entire scenario is, other than to say that what is most ridiculous is that the Republican Party thinks that they must participate. The setup is tantamount to Iran inviting Israel to assemble its armed forces and take them into the S. Iranian desert, unarmed, to hear about their crimes against the world of Islam – and Israel accepts!
I wrote earlier about how Mitt Romney might conduct himself in these shows, but here’s a different angle: don’t show up. If he’s his own man, and he can see through this charade, what has he got to lose – other than what he could lose by showing up? He has nothing to win in those debates, as we’ve previously observed.
So let the Left foam at the mouth, calling him every name in the book, so that the “undecideds” can visibly register who and what Obama and his people are. In the meantime, Mitt could set up his own panel, on his own stage, consisting of both conservative and liberal moderators, and field their questions in front of cameras. Why does he need Obama standing next to him? Why does he need exclusively liberal moderators? That’s all stuff that Obama needs, not our candidate. Mitt could air his one-man show via streaming video at any number of places. All the “undecideds” could just as well see him there, if they are so interested in the first place. Further, what’s to say that anyone who is still “undecided” after nearly four years of Obama will ever be “decided” until he gets to the polling place and connects the two hash marks – if he goes?
My advice to Mitt, is "skip the debates". Don’t show up. Show the Republican Party that this is a sham and that we can win elections without such ridiculous, one-sided traps. Can you imagine how much energy that act would inject into our side? Here’s a chance for Mitt to end this phony baloney once and for all – unless equally “moderated” by conservative pundits in each event.
August 16, 2012