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Current Definition Of Delusional

September 18, 2016

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says he thinks he can get a spot on the stage in future presidential debates this fall.
Matt Lauer has a better chance of getting front row seats for Hillary Clinton’s inaugural!
4 Comments leave one →
  1. purplepenquin permalink
    September 20, 2016 2:54 AM

    I would go as far to say anyone who is on enough state ballots for the 270 electoral votes should be on the stage, but would settle for anyone who is on in all 50 states. Given how hard it is for other political parties to achieve ballot access, anyone who is on enough of the ballots to qualify as such must be considered a “serious” candidate….’cause doing so ain’t no joke.

    As far as a “chance to win”, well…that’s kind of a Catch-22, no? They ain’t given the same media exposure or debate access as the TwoMajorParties ’cause they are deemed unable to win the election, but the main reason winning the election seems impossible is because the media doesn’t take ’em seriously nor are they allowed on the debate stages. How does that cycle get broken?

    (Am gonna show our age difference by saying I was in 4th grade during John Anderson’s run for the White House…but I clearly remember it, ’cause it was a teacher’s comment about how he was “stealing votes away” that got me looking into what 3rd/4th parties are about, and how they have influenced elections, laws, and even constitutional amendments.)

  2. September 19, 2016 12:44 PM

    I add that in 1980 I was one of those wanting John Anderson on the debate stage—I liked his gas tax idea–50 cents a gallon I think it was–and I applauded that for guts alone but also for how the revenue would have been used.

  3. September 19, 2016 12:42 PM

    What criteria would you desire to see if someone is eligible to be on the debate stage? I want to throw out the notion that if a person is on all 50 ballots that would be one way to make the argument. But if there is not chance to win then is time not wasted on those who very well may win. So I am curious how serious candidates with a chance to win have a chance to debate?

  4. purplepenquin permalink
    September 19, 2016 3:39 AM

    True dat! Seeing how the commission for the Presidential Debates is jointly owned/controlled by both the Republican and Democratic parties, there is no way ANY other political party or candidate will be allowed on their stage again.

    Connie Rice, of NPR, was absolutely correct when she said in 2004 that these so-called debates are “a reckless endangerment of democracy.”

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