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I'd like our political debates to be moderated a little better. Some suggestions:

1) Evasions, justifications, and circular reasoning are not "acceptable answers" and will be fiercely mocked by the moderator.

2) Candidates, you (and the audience) will see the following lights on the moderator's podium:
Yellow: You have 10 seconds left. Wrap it up or be cut off.
Flashing Yellow: You are evading the question, and everyone knows it.
Flashing Red: Your current statement is a total fabrication. Correct yourself, or lose the right to respond to this issue any further.
Red: Out of time, or in time-out.

3) You will see a small game show-type "buzzer" in front of you. If you "buzz in" and correctly identify the logical fallacy (or fallacies) being employed by your opponent at that moment and successfully prove your assertion, your opponent may not respond further. Incorrect or improperly proven assertions will result in equivalent time being deducted from your next response and given to your opponent to finish the current response. If correct, however, you may use the time remaining to do a victory dance. Spiking the buzzer is not permitted.

What do you think? You have 90 seconds to respond.

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Date: 2008-10-03 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darthparadox.livejournal.com
Do you mind if I metaquote this?

Edit: I've posted it here - let me know if you want me to take it down.
Edited Date: 2008-10-03 03:58 am (UTC)

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Date: 2008-10-03 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deer-mews.livejournal.com
Is fine. *pause* for now... *DUN DUN DUNNNNNN*

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Date: 2008-10-03 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinclair-furie.livejournal.com
here from MQ
I think this would lead to the optimal levels of awesome, though it might discriminate against candidates like John McCain whose injuries prevent them from doing truly awesome victory dances.

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Date: 2008-10-03 04:30 am (UTC)

Here from Metaquotes

Date: 2008-10-03 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labonnefille.livejournal.com
I wanted Biden to be all "Bitch, Please" SO many times. I feel that's exactly what our debates are missing, and I hope SNL rectifies the situation, since God knows they don't need to spruce up the dialogue much. :D

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Date: 2008-10-03 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurdragon.livejournal.com
Laudable idea! Like celebrity quiz shows, only a little more intellectual and electionny.

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Date: 2008-10-03 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] griffen.livejournal.com
YES. This. Thank you.

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