Friday, November 30, 2007
John Fund (via Instapundit) reports on planted questions in the Republican debate:
Now it appears that an amazing number of partisan figures posed many of the 30 questions at the GOP debate all the while pretending to be CNN’s advertised “undecided voters.” Yasmin from Huntsville, Alabama turns out to be a former intern with the Council on American Islamic Relations, a group highly critical of Republicans. Blogger Michelle Malkin has identified other plants, including declared Obama supporter David Cercone, who asked a question about the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans. A questioner who asked a hostile question about the pro-life views of GOP candidates turned out to be a diehard John Edwards supporter (and a slobbering online fan of Mr. Cooper). Yet another “plant” was LeeAnn Anderson, an activist with a union that has endorsed Mr. Edwards.
It seems more “plants” are being uprooted with each passing day. Almost a third of the questioners seem to have some ties to Democratic causes or candidates.
In my view, so what? This last debate was the best one so far because the candidates actually got some hard questions! Other than letting the general in the audience have the microphone for 3 minutes – really bad idea on CNN’s part — I thought the questions were a pretty good selection overall.
The real tragedy is that the Democrats have been getting away with too many softball questions designed to let them all beat up on the current administration instead of each other. If we really want to make these debates interesting, we should start letting the candidates from each party select the questions for the other party’s debates!
Of course, I’m also the guy who supports negative campaigning on the grounds that it provides more concrete information about the candidates, just as a disclaimer.