David Brooks started it on Meet the Press this Sunday. He suggested we’re all tired of the debates and he has never been so right. He then questioned why we use this model for selecting a president. When the phone rings at 3 A.M. will it be a national security crises or another question from the media determined to draw blood?
His proposal was war games. With the next debate on ice, perhaps we can consider this alternative.
Lock the presidential candidate and a team of advisers in a make-believe bunker. Saudi Arabia has military vehicles in motion and appears to be preparing to fire a nuclear weapon at Israel. What do you do? Have the writing team for West Wing provide the responses to the candidates’ proposed actions. Who launches our military firepower the fastest and what steps do they take first?
That might tell you something that matters about the would-be President.
Whatever you thought of the moderators last week, does anyone really want to listen to another 20 minute discussion about universal healthcare with and without mandates? Plenty of people are watching this primary who have never watched before and we’re all tired of the nuanced arguments that make a negative ad positive. This is politics as a spectator sport and the spectators are bored.
Let’s give them something to see…What should replace any remaining debates?
A reality TV show where candidates are charged with growing a financial investment or charitable contribution? Don’t forget the popular vote by phone or text at the end of each episode!
A smackdown in the wrestling ring with silly slogans and threats tossed at opponents?
A monster car event with a fire breathing robosaurus whatever his opponent would be?
A NASCAR race? Ask the candidate to explain the winning strategy in terms of balancing resources and maintaining position to win.