Monday, July 23, 2007

Scripted Non-scriptedness

In the world of politics, even user-generated content ends up being the same old same old.

Tonight's YouTube/CNN Democratic debate has the alluring novelty of offering up the candidates performing without a net, open to the whims and wisdom of actual people asking actual questions rather than softballs placed on a t-ball stand by a complicit media.

This is not going to be any different than the many townhall events where people stand up and ask questions. That the questions will be submitted on YouTube is just a gimmick. They will still be the questions that CNN wants asked, candidates warned ahead of time.

If I was able to ask questions, these might be among them:

Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, is it true that you were educated in a Muslim school in Indonesia for four years? Why havn't you spoken about that very much? How do you think that aspect of your upbringing will affect your attitude toward rising threats from Islam?

Mrs. Hilary Clinton, how big a priority are you going to make universal health care?
What would you say to the people who want no part in the government telling them how they must handle their health anymore than they want the government telling them where to buy their groceries?

Mr. John Edwards, How can you say that a war against people who seek our annihilation is simply a bumper sticker war? Do you have a Edwards '08 bumper sticker? Is your campaign a bumper sticker or a plan?

Readers, I am sure you can do better than I. What questions would you ask the Democratic candidates if a miracle occurred and actually let some questions get through?

5 comments:

Jenn of the Jungle said...

To Hilary I'd ask her what makes her think that there are enough idiot Americans left who buy her lines. Yawn, 8 worthless years with her as president already were bad enough. Ooopps, I mean with Bill as president.

To Edwards I'd ask him how those of us on a budget can get such glorious hair.

And to Osama, oooppps, Obama I'd ask him if he stands for anything other than sex ed for 5 year olds and being black. (Half black at that.)

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Awesome, those are the types of questions we want to hear!

Thanks for dropping by!

Incognito said...

I couldn't even be bothered to watch it all tonight. Had it on in the background.

Regardless of the questions they'd answer with what they think the people want to hear.

jon said...

the problem as I see it is that there are PLENTY of people who will buy Hilarity's UHC proposal. Let us not forget that we are Americans and most Americans want things for free, we'll worry about how to pay for it and the damning entropy of quality of medical service later! Full speed ahead!!

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Incog: I actually would have liked to see this one (I don't have cable). Of course you are right about the answers, but it would have been more fun than your average debate.

JOn: Yes, as long as it has been around, there are still too many people who don't understand the age-old saying, "There's no such thing as a free lunch."