Word from inside- the- beltway is that GOP presidential candidates are extremely dubious about whether to participate in the YouTube GOP debates coming up soon.
My sources say that CNN is calling prominent grassroots Republicans and begging for them to submit YouTube questions, and not a lot of folks are responding.
Ian Schwartz, who practically invented video on the Internet, has a compelling arguement about why we need to be involved with YouTube. I don't know if I agree --yet.The ONLY way it works is if the Republicans distinguish themselves from the Democrats by pointing out when a question is absurd or biased and not be dragged down to the level of Freak Show elements by legitimizing stoned-out people asking about reparations for slavery, snowmen asking about saving the snowpeople from Global Warming, and having little children ask questions their adult parents asked them to parrot into the camera.
I don't know how much confidence I have in the GOP candidates to do that, and yet do it in a way where they don't look snide and condescending.
The problem with the You Tube/CNN debates wasn't the concept - it's quite OK with me to have REAL AMERICANS asking questions via video.
The problem as I see it is that the producers of this stunt were producing entertainment - and from their own typical liberal bias - and not trying to provoke thoughtful debate among the participants.
But I could be convinced. So, what do you think?
First, read Ian's comments"Save the Debate" at www.ianschwartz.com
Mouse over to the poll that's up now.