How do you think the GOP should do their debates? Is Fox's idea of only having the top 10 polling candidates debate fair?
I think the Republican Party should consider adopting some of the features of the WWE’s Royal Rumble match. Put all of the candidates’ names in a random drawing and pick two people to start. Every two minutes, another name would be randomly chosen in order to join the debate. Now, in the WWE match, there are eliminations, so I don’t know how to incorporate that into the debates, although I’d love to see somebody throw Rick Santorum off the stage. Maybe they could do a mash-up of the Royal Rumble match and American Idol (Fox owns the franchise, right?). Yeah, I think that’s it – we’re definitely onto something.
Okay, here it is: all of the candidates’ names are placed in a random drawing and two people start out the debate. Every two minutes, another candidate’s name is chosen (randomly) and they join the debate. After five candidates are on the stage, the viewing audience can start to vote to eliminate candidates (that are already on the stage) from the debate. But, in order to make sure that it’s somewhat fair to the party and to the candidates, in order to vote to eliminate a candidate, members of the audience would have to make a donation of at least $1 to the Republican Party. I think that’s fair. Once everybody’s name has been drawn, there can be no more eliminations, so if the audience chooses to eliminate half of the people, it has to be done before the last candidate’s name is drawn. If there are 15 candidates still on the stage at that time, the debate just moves forward with everyone involved.
Moderating the debate is always a clusterfuck anyway, so that won’t really be any different. The entertaining part will be the countdown until the next candidate enters the debate, Royal Rumble-style. Maybe once a candidate is eliminated, they get 60 seconds to make a parting statement, too. You know…to keep it dignified. I don’t know. There are so many ways to go. Really, this could totally revitalize Presidential politics and make the endless electoral cycle actually somewhat worth experiencing: the 2016 American Idol/Royal Rumble Republican Presidential Debate. Who isn’t down with this idea? EVERYONE would watch that.
You’re welcome, Reince Priebus.