June 13, 2008

TO ASK WHY SENATOR OBAMA IS AFRAID OF AN UNSCRIPTED FORUM THAT WOULD PROBE HIS VIEWS...:

Why Won't Obama Agree to Townhalls? (Mort Kondracke, 6/13/08, Real Clear Politics)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got an answer from Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Tuesday on his proposal for 10 town hall-style debates: Not going to happen. That's too bad - and, the fewer there are, the more Obama should suffer for it politically.

The town halls not only would give ordinary citizens a chance to ask the candidates some pointed questions (see suggestions below), but - because they would be nationally televised - they would let voters nationwide see how the candidates handle challenges from across the political spectrum.


...is to answer the question.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2008 11:28 AM
Comments

McCain should do them anyway, but with a cardboard cutout of Obama in the other chair.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 13, 2008 12:57 PM

Have you seen him try to answer questions in formats like this? It's not that he's afraid of revealing his views--he doesn't appear to HAVE any views.

Posted by: b at June 13, 2008 1:13 PM

He should do it with a Li'l Obama ventriloquist doll.
"Hey, Li'l Obama, what do you think of terrorists?"
"I can't wait to appease 'em!"
"You're so crazy, Li'l Obama!"

Posted by: Bryan at June 13, 2008 6:13 PM

b: I think it's clear Obama has views, but he has to walk a fine line because if he lets his leftism out into the full light of day, he loses the election, but if he renounces his leftism, he betrays and demoralizes his base. So it's very difficult for him to speak extemporaneously except in vague generalities.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 13, 2008 7:05 PM

PapayaSF:

How about a series of ads with McCain asking Cardboard Obama a question and then we hear a tape recording of his actual statements. For example, "What would you have us do about terrorism?" would be answered by his usual spiels: Appease terrorists, sit down with the Norks and Iranians, etc. McCain nods appreciately and slyly eyes the viewing audience under his reading glasses. Fade to black, then picture of McCain and American flag. "I'm John McCain and I approve this message, although not all of the content."

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 13, 2008 8:38 PM
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