By user12609677 on Jun 29, 2007
Just some random thoughts I had to get off my chest. I watched the All-American Presidential Forums on PBS last night and it was just another reinforcement that these events have little value. These debates highlight many of the qualities and skills that actually have the least importance when it comes to leading this country. There was some symbolic benefits given the nature of the event: the debate focused on many issues pertinent to people of color and the panel was comprised of journalists of color. However the current debate format is completely inadequate given that you can't possibly give an answer to the complex problems the country has in the few short moments a candidate has to respond. The responses for the most part end up being feel good sound bites but ultimately content free. I'd much rather this format be scrapped an replaced with a Meet The Press approach. Each candidate in a two hour session should be on a stage solo and questioned by a panel with some minimal audience input. I'd be interested in seeing a variation of this where subject matter experts are allowed to briefly comment after a candidate's response to offer more depth to the conversation. This variation is easier said than done of course given the bias the "experts" might have but I think it would be a valuable addition nonetheless.