I watched the Democrat debate today, for no discernible reason, and I just had to laugh. Made for tv debates with like 8 candidates and 2 moderators are doomed to uselessness. In the interest of fairness, the following is not exclusive to Democrats, but the I imagine the answers given by the candidates are the same answers that would be given by a 9th grade civics student under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.
The following question was asked: "Do you support either a longer school day or longer school year?"
The "answer" given by John Edwards was "We need to have a national teaching university to attract our talented young people."
Dennis Kucinich said that he saw a UFO and that he was moving his campaign headquarters to Roswell, New Mexico.
Tim Russert and Brian Williams informed us that 3 (all 3?) of the astronauts on Apollo 11 thought there was life beyond Earth, then asked Barack Obama if he thought there was as well. Who cares what he thinks about that?!
The best part of the night was when Barack Obama was asked what he was going to be for Halloween. He first "answered" the question by saying that his son was going as a Mad Professor--possibly the worst costume ever--and that he was going to wear a Mitt Romney mask that has 2 faces pointing in different directions.
I really don't know why they do these debates. They are too early and too broad to accomplish much. The problem is, the candidates can't say what the real answer is. The real answer to every question is "I don't know. Here is what I believe in general, and if I am elected President I will make sure that there are a lot of smart people to give me all of the information about this issue. I will use their information and my beliefs to determine my policy." They can't say that, so they just say whatever they want. Literally whatever they want--the questions don't even matter.
I would pay up to $1000 to know how much of what these candidates are saying is what they really believe, and how much is BS that they are told they should say.....does anyone have $999 I can borrow?