Some of you around the nation (I’m looking at you, Delaware) may have realized that it’s election season. That means television ads, yard signs, and of course, debates. Right?
Not according to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is apparently too busy campaigning for other Democrats to debate her opponent.
She has a comfortable margin in California, and it’s unlikely she’ll lose, so she figures she shouldn’t bother wasting her time there. Normally I’d say this is a terrible affront to the election process, for a candidate to refuse to give the public the benefit of a debate simply so she can work on putting Ds in more seats.
But, political debate in this country has been reduced to little more than a series of speeches vaguely related to what the question was. Moderators do not cut off irrelevant diatribes to force the candidate to answer the question, and rebuttals usually only last one round, with no genuine back and forth over an issue.
So really, Nancy Pelosi hasn’t refused to debate her opponent, because there wouldn’t be a debate either way, just a further mockery of our political system. It does however worry me that to Nancy Pelosi time is money. Does this mean that because I’m unemployed and thus have an abundance of free time, in the top 1 or 2% I’d imagine, I’m going to be taxed and have my time given away to people who are busier?