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Tonight’s Debate

Thursday, September 22, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

18,000 questions have been submitted to the organizers of the Fox News-Google GOP debate in Florida tonight.

As a bonus organizers have somehow determined that Gary Johnson can help the process along. Perhaps someone will ask him about his plan to mothball America’s aircraft carriers. He and Ron Paul can debate which other major weapon systems to abolish.

This strange process remains an elaborate game of pool, with all the candidates save two used to set up or collide with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who really don’t need any help in engaging. Arguably Rick Santorum could get some traction in the early states and Michele Bachmann once had it, so a debate among those four would be useful, but everyone else needs to be escorted off the stage.

Actually, Newt would make a great moderator, just as he will make a great cabinet secretary.

A candidate like Herman Cain has been fun to watch and for the public to get to know and perhaps he will have a role in a future Romney or Perry Administration, but neither he nor Governor Huntsman, also an interesting man with a key role to play in governing though not in this election, have a prayer of catching fire and making a run at even one of the early states. The focus of the country rarely comes even partially together on politics, and the GOP is missing a huge chance to use that focus to highlight thedisaster that is President Obama by allowing these occasions to be frittered away on debates about HPV and Ron Paul’s fear of the Fed.

Chairman Preibus promised some GOP organized and sponsored debates. Before he rolls them out perhaps the RNC will vote to instruct him that not only does a candidate have to hit 15% or even 20% in a poll to participate, but that at least 50% of the National Committee’s membership must vote them eligible. That would winnow the field and make the occasions much more powerful in impact and potentially decisive in the campaign to rid D.C. of the worst Administration in modern times.

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