February 17, 2006

The Great Debate(s)

If a series of Rumler-Jacobs debates could be pulled off, they'd surely supplant the Lincoln/Douglas debates in Illinois and U.S. history. Textbooks would need to be re-written, and the formerly legendary debates would fade into obscurity.

In the comments to a thread discussing the potential for such debates between primary candidates, I raised the idea of doing a live, online debate. That discussion suggested another question regarding the debates which I'd like to put to readers.

What group or organization do you feel would be the best suited to sponsor and run a debate or debates?

And secondly, who would be the best moderator or moderators?


At 2/18/2006 9:01 AM, Anonymous WQADfriend said...

Looks like you are too late DOPE.

Sen. Jacobs and his opponent taped a debate at WQAD. The debate will air several during an upcoming "Good Morning America" time slot.

My source says "Sen. Jacobs did well" and his opponent seemed "kinda nerveous" and "totally unsure of himself."

I'll keep you posted as to the exact dates and time of the "great debate."

I wonder if Blagojevich is going to debate his opponent? Or how about Huff and Grchan? How about that "hot race" for county board?

At 2/18/2006 11:58 AM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

I think either Augustana, Black Hawk, or WIU-QC Student Governments would be great hosts for this event especially considering the issues that are coming up in higher education. A panel of moderators from each local tv station would be kind of cool. Sorry too lazy/hung over to make a good segue into the moderator part.

At 2/18/2006 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about the State Senate primary. The real contest is for RI County Sheriff, based on the yard signs and the interest. That's who should be debating.

Come on, Mr. Dope, do a poll in that race and let's also get a debate going.

At 2/18/2006 1:16 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

A short Q&A with both candidates does not constitute a debate. Sorry.

At 2/18/2006 1:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And Anon 12:17,

PLEASE at least read and look over the blog before you post.

You commented after noon when the poll you've been yammmering for had been up for about 10 hours already.


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