The “debates” have been routinely awful; not just this time, but last time and the several election seasons before that.
The fact that Repubs continue to put up with it puts a big question mark against their competence right from the start. Almost every question is asked from a Dem perspective, forcing the candidates to waste time on “when did you stop beating your wife” questions, assuring the public that no, they don’t hate poor people, no they aren’t racists, really, they’re not... and so on.
As you say, the questions should be developed by fellow Repubs, if not by the candidates themselves. And the same question must be asked of every candidate. Year after year I see that certain candidates get the lion’s share of the air-time, and some candidates stand there all night hardly speaking at all. Certain candidates are quite transparently frozen out of the debates, only receiving one or two token questions.
The best debates of this season have been the two “debates” (discussions, really) that Gingrich held with Cain and later with Huntsman. They fielded questions that were formulated by serious people, and were given time to respond as fully as they wanted. The media-sponsored debates, on the other hand, have been uniformly useless. The “moderators” are the ones doing the debating, taking on the candidates with questions designed to show them in a bad light, and then shutting off the answer and moving on before the candidate has finished sputtering.
The moment an actual debate threatens to break out, they cut it off.
I know people who have refused to watch them, and I have to say, they haven’t missed much.
>>...It just takes an appreciation of the things that made America great in the first place: Judeo-Christian values, the great protestant work ethic, capitalism, Constitutionalism, and an understanding of and devotion to the limitless potential of limited government...<<
All well and true. But I fear things are going just as the GOP/DEMs/MSM desires. The power brokers aren’t about to let you, me or anyone else return this nation to (what they view as) “antiquated, unenlightened values and principles”.
To make matters worse, there’s not a candidate running who possesses the leadership qualities and capabilities necessary to even *attempt* any of the (desperately needed) tasks you laid out.
Everything you mentioned is needed. But “step-one” is to start growing the leaders who can deliver. We need some new leaders who can articulate and ably defend the conservative POV and sway the voters AND congress.
It’s entirely plausible that this bunch of yahoos we have running now will be veritable lame ducks as soon as one of them is lucky enough to be sworn in. They won’t sway many voters beyond their base who can help pressure congress; they certainly won’t sway any of the dems in congress and they damn sure can’t count on Bohener or McConnell to get anything done.
Presuming we don’t luck out and get a super majority in both houses, the only thing our next Pres will be *allowed* to do is sign (or not) whatever crap legislation congress sends to them. Even if we *DO* get a super majority, there’s no avoiding the determined, serial capitulation from the doofus-duo of Boehner and McConnell.
Now, I *sincerely* hope I have horribly misread the tea-leaves. Dear LORD, I hope I’m wrong!! But I have a heavy sense of dread that I am closer to getting it right.