And She’s Ugly Too

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?

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5 Responses to “And She’s Ugly Too”

  1. Panem et circenses « Bad monkey, no biscuit Says:

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  2. skeptic Says:

    Ah yes, the old “Nancy Pelosi intends to repeal the 13th Amendment” argument. How very glennbeckian of you. I won’t be too hard on you, though, as you attended NYU — spending three years with those douchebags would make me into a reactionary conservative just to piss them off.

  3. snowmanrt Says:

    I guess she already knows she will keep her job as a representative but now is essentially out campaigning for other democratic candidates so that she can try to keep her job as speaker. Maybe non-democrats in other districts should use that as part of their campaign slogan. “A vote for me is a vote against Pelosi as Speaker of the House.”

  4. bl1y Says:

    There actually is a “Fire Pelosi” tour bus that goes around to other districts.

  5. Bad Monkey Says:

    Did you catch this:
    http://volokh.com/2010/10/21/deliberative-democracy-and-political-ignorance/

    Not very surprised with their conclusions, but I thought you might find it interesting they were thinking about public debate. Admittedly we were talking mostly about candidates, but I see a direct connection between the two. An uneducated public not only provide useless debate, but are in no real position to judge debates on anything but the most superficial of distinctions.

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