Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Is This Presidential Enough, Mr. Romney?

Newt Gingrich is frustrated for what passes as debate among the presidential candidates. He thinks they amount to "a recitation of talking points choreographed to avoid any risk." Or as the NYT recently put it,

This campaign has turned into a mind-numbing blur of 90- and 120-minute debates and forums that has consumed the Democratic candidates in particular. They are trudging from coast to coast at the beck and call of television networks, unions, state political parties and whoever else may want to throw them together on stage in front of a television camera and a blinking red and green light.

Newt's solution: a series of Lincoln-Douglas-like debates, where the answers are as long as they need to be and the conversation is open-ended.