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O'Hara Factor
Thursday, October 14, 2004

Debating debates

I skipped the opportunity to conduct a "food raid" last night with a few friends in favor of slacking off and watching the presidential debate.

Good gravy, it was horrendous. I probably fell asleep even though I had prepared a nice meal for myself.

But there was a debate worth watching, and it was on C-SPAN's website. It was Cornell University's third-party debate, featuring:

  • Michael Peroutka, Constitution Party (my pick for this election)
  • David Cobb, Green Party
  • Walt Brown, Socialist Party
  • Michael Badnarik, Libertarian Party (about whom I've written before)

If you learn only one thing, note that the biggest difference between the Bush-Kerry debate and the third party debate is that the latter features something known as "civil discourse." This wasn't a battle of "You lied...No, you lied...No, you lied...Dick's daughter's a lesbian." Watch it and then try to tell me to vote straight-ticket Republican. You wouldn't dare.

Heck, I'd vote for the Socialist before I'd ever vote for Kerry.

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