GOP strategist Todd Domke takes us through an alternative-universe solution to the Florida/Michigan impasse: Sprawling debate, and have a Star Chamber/focus group decide!
Focused Debate Trial
The solution combines four decision-making tools: a pollster's focus group, Lincoln-Douglas-style debate, jury trial, and a secret ballot.
Here's how it could work in Florida and/or Michigan:
A neutral pollster, approved by both Democratic candidates, would randomly select 600 in-state Democratic primary voters to participate in a focus group.
They'd each receive $2,000 to be voters/jurors in a “Focused Debate Trial.”
It goes on, in even wilder directions.
Entertaining. I think he may be on to something with an expanded debate format — haven't we had enough of Wolf Blitzer and local TV ditzes asking about the “likeability issue”[sic sic sic]? Could we go for a real free-for-all?
Past that, you might well ask … Is Mr. Domke really trying to help us? Maybe the whole notion of super-delegates (and caucuses, for that matter) has given amused Republicans the idea that we don't actually do this democratically anyway. And they'd be right.