“That’s how we’ve been crafting our questions, so that Senator X will respond to what Governor Y said about him or a policy he proposed, and try to encourage them to actually debate Lincoln-Douglas style as much as possible,” – Jake Tapper
In an article out today in New York Times we get an inkling of what we can expect tomorrow. Jake Tapper is one of the moderators and if there is actually going to be serious policy questions with substantive answers, some of our middle and bottom tier candidates may have an opportunity to step up to the plate.
“Let’s draw the contrasts between the candidates, and have them fight it out over these policies, over who has the best approach to Putin, over who has the best approach to taxes, over who believes what over immigration reform,” – Jake Tapper
Well, now we’re getting somewhere. Of course, we all know time constraints being what they are, we’re not going to get the time on each question that the Lincoln-Douglas style is known for, but hey its a start. Also, if a particular candidate doesn’t have the policy chops in a particular area he/she will be outed. There’s no hiding when another candidate can call you out for your lack of knowledge. Don’t be shy candidates. You can be nice and respectful but introverts and wallflowers won’t do well tomorrow. So, thanks to CNN for planning out a debate which may be informative more than merely entertaining.
Or, maybe not. “Jake Tapper is going to do whatever he can to get the candidates to go after each other,” said a strategist advising one of the candidates, who declined to be named delivering what could be seen as a criticism of the network. “If somebody is knocked out, CNN will be happy.”
And if that someone who gets knocked out happens to be Donald Trump, all the better as far as [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] is concerned. In fact, he’s taking practice swings now. “I think he deserves both barrels,” Paul said in a Tuesday afternoon interview with The Daily Caller. “I want to make sure everyone in the whole country knows he’s a fake conservative.”
Note: all bolding and italics emphasis mine.