Mitt Romney Is Right

about this:

"I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having to answer questions from a snowman."

He is considering not participating in the GOP CNN/You Tube Debate.

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    Internet-sourced Debates (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Gabriel Malor on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:39:20 PM EST
    I'm interested in knowing why CNN chose the frivolous questions it did--among many very good ones submitted--and if they regret that choice. The idea of an internet-sourced debate is a good one. Has CNN made it more difficult to have future similar debates?

    Yes (none / 0) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:47:43 PM EST
    Certainly ones sponsored by CNN. This one was a disgrace.

    Note however, Jeralyn loved it.


    I tend to agree with Romney (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Deconstructionist on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:51:35 PM EST
      but this was hardly the first example of candidates willingly participating in less than dignified, and maybe even demeaning,  stunts.

      The problem is not with using the internet to gather and  select questions from "real people" it's setting it up so people are selected basis on gimmicks than substance.

      I'd suggest CNN do away with the recorded video aspect and invite people to submit written questions and a brief bio and exposition explaining why that question is important to them. Then after selecting the people,  put them on the air live to ask the questions. This would both allow for follow-up and would make people less likely to think silliness is the ticket to 15 minutes of fame.


    Yep. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:54:42 PM EST
    Decon, (none / 0) (#6)
    by Gabriel Malor on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:59:28 PM EST
    I'd think that would cut down on participation, though. Part of what was great about the YouTube idea is that it encouraged participation in a younger demographic than would normally watch or participate in candidate debates. To some extent this was a gimmick to draw viewers, but not an unwelcome or unjustified one. I'm certain that were we to adopt some procedure like the one you outline participation would be much reduced and participants would be, on average, older.

    What's the goal? (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Deconstructionist on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:13:45 PM EST
     to encourage young people to be creative or to get candidates to give meaningful answers to questions that journalists either aren't asking or for which they accept artful evasions? Young people have many outlets for their need for self-expression that I don't have to endure. I want substance (yeah, I'm old).

      I do think it would compelling having a guy (or gal) sit impatiently (on a split screen) through some briefing book pablum then follow-up with, "but my question was _ will you please give a straight answer?"


    Zactly (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:16:16 PM EST
    Old People.......sigh............... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:07:51 PM EST
    Young at heart (none / 0) (#12)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:11:47 PM EST
    MT, didn't BTD say he was NOT (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by oculus on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:16:50 PM EST
    watching the rest of the debate?

    Yeah, he did (none / 0) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:23:50 PM EST
    He's been watching youtube reruns ;)

    I did (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:26:36 PM EST
    to confirm my opinion.

    Awful awful awful.


    I thought you would particularly like (none / 0) (#18)
    by oculus on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 05:37:05 PM EST
    the question: who was your favorite teacher and why.

    Ugh (none / 0) (#19)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 06:04:00 PM EST
    Man BTD (3.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:58:50 PM EST
    You are letting him off the hook.  He knows the only thing he really has going for himself is striking a pose.  The only way he can answer any question is if he gets rehearsals and so long as nothing gets very wild out there.  He didn't even think that snowman response up himself, his wife did so he'll be sure to say her secret name when he dies so she can get into heaven!  She probably reads you in secret and that was where she got the idea.

    I can't believe that Gabe just gave me a big (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:06:28 PM EST
    fat uno for my opinion.  They will be known by their enemies ;)

    Rsatings are just opinuion expressions (none / 0) (#9)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:15:44 PM EST

    Don't take it personally.

    BTW, I really HATED that debate format.


    Does this carrot nose ... ? (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ellie on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:22:08 PM EST
    ... make me look fat? I hope Mitt gets some doozies, just to hear him stumble-tongue his way out of what he just stepped in.

    While we're on the subject of the internet, what drives me crazy about criticisms based SOLELY on this by now shopworn vision of [the computer age} is that they only happen when some doofus wants conveniently to avoid addressing content. They also get tossed out by people who use computers and the internet every day. Yeesh.

    I'm sure some idiot in the Gutenberg age scoffed at information that appeared in a book -- using, of course, as dunderheaded a pronunciation of the "new" word book as was possible without narrowing the scope of the stupid 'ad medium' criticism.

    Ditto (npi) for criticisms about radio, subversive pamphlets, newsreeel news, TV news, bathroom graffiti, urban rainshelter flyers, sassy Morse code and downright revolutionary interpretive dance. Also, bulletin: McLuhan's DEAD, freakin' DEAD okay?

    Our presidents.... (none / 0) (#17)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:33:27 PM EST
    have done a fine job of bringing the level of the presidency down...the snowman is a scapegoat.

    Lying to the truth (none / 0) (#20)
    by RedHead on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 06:57:24 PM EST
    This reminds me of how Dubya ducked some debates in 1999.

    Hey, Romney may be right, I can say, I didn't see it, but who is Mitt to talk, he went to CPAC and specifically kissed up to Ann Coulter (9/11 victim basher).  Atleast McCain declined to appear at CPAC.

    Also, if a democrat had said this about youtube (AKA  "citizen town hall") the wingers, in addition to pointing out any self-serving hypocrisy, would be screaming "elitism."