...and that's a good thing.
As long as the primaries continue, we can delay the full-blown onset of Compulsive Centrist Disorder. It also means that the candidates will have to spend their time talking at (yes, at, not to) voters instead of the pundits and media dahlings, which can only be for the better.
Unrelated silly thought of the day: Have Fox News host ScienceDebate 2008. Kidding.
Have Fox News host ScienceDebate 2008.
Well, maybe not host, as such, but couldn't we pick one or two talking heads from their stable and eviscerate them on stage as a sacrifice to Athena, the Goddess of wisdom? It would set an appropriate tone for a debate aimed at a serious discussion of life and death issues for our civilization.
Ethan: I think that organized debates between bloggers and tv talking heads could be potentially quite interesting. For example a moderated debate between one of the Orcinus authors and Lou Dobbs could be very interesting.
The talking heads would have an inherent advantage, of course, as they're more used to the medium of oratory before a physical crowd, but on the other hand they might be at a disadvantage when suddenly denied their usual ability to interrupt and cut people's mikes...
If you force me to be serious.....
I think it would depend entirely on the rule of debate, but it might be possible to lure one of them into a reasoned debate. Lou Dobbs (and most of his kin) overestimate their ability to reason. On the other hand, someone like Rush Limbaugh knows perfectly well where his talents lie.