Margery Eagan, author of this hit piece on democracy and one half of the Eagan/Braude team who arbitrarily decided to exclude the ballot-qualified candidate Jill Stein from their radio debate, makes a weak case for exclusion. Proclaiming to protect the voters by excluding Stein, she made it clear that it’s all about Jill Stein’s fundraising prowess, asking “where’s the Green Party’s cash” and stating that Stein doesn’t rise to Margery’s required level of credibility.
Most of the panel was wishy-washy, agreeing that Stein doesn’t have a chance and perhaps does not deserve to be in all the debates.
Callie Crossley, on the other hand, stood apart from the pack, and stood up clearly for democracy:
“I am Pollyanna about this, I am Citizen Vote. If they make the ballot, if they get the signatures, they ought to be in all the debates. I am more than creeped out by the consortium setting a set of criteria. They just came up with a set of criteria, and so it’s arbitrary, and I find that distasteful.”
She even continued on to criticize the Commission on Presidential Debates for kicking out the League of Women Voters and putting influence-peddling rules in place.