A status on Bobby Schilling’s facebook reproduced a letter he sent to Cheri Bustos about the coming debates. After suggesting the respective staffs meet to iron out details and confirming a planned debate in October sponsored by WQAD and the D/A, he presented this proposal:
“We also plan to participate in public debates in each of the 14 counties in the Illinois 17th District. Debate is a historic part of the political process, but in recent years it has devolved into a battle of who can deliver the best five second sound byte. We’re looking to have a long-form, substantive discussion of the issues in as many towns as possible, especially in some of the rural communities that are often overlooked and forgotten.”
Gentle readers, when I read this you could have knocked me over with a debate prep book! While I certainly agree with the sentiment and idea, this is all too reminiscent of the ’10 debate debacle I described in a September 2010 post titled As The Debate Turns where I registered my frustration and disgust with the back-and-forth on the Hare/Schilling debates that never seemed to end and were in constant negotiations.
It is highly likely Bustos will reject this 14 county Yap-A-Thon, so then what?
Would it have killed Schilling to actually produce a proposal that was workable and realistic for these debates, rather than just trolling the Bustos camp?