A modest proposal indeed, announced on Drudge:
MCCAIN CHALLENGE TO OBAMA: TEN JOINT TOWNHALLS
Wed June 4, 2008 11:56:11 ET
June 4, 2008
The Honorable Barack Obama
Obama for America
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, Illinois 60680
Dear Senator Obama:
In 1963, Senator Barry Goldwater and President John F. Kennedy agreed to make presidential campaign history by flying together from town to town and debating each other face-to-face on the same stage. In Goldwater’s words, those debates “would have done the country a lot of good.” Unfortunately, with President Kennedy’s untimely death, Americans lost the rare opportunity of witnessing candidates for the highest office in the land discuss civilly and extensively the great issues at stake in the election. What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day, without the empty sound bites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate our elections. It is in the spirit of President Kennedy’s and Senator Goldwater’s agreement, in the spirit of the politics of change, and to do our country good, that I invite you to join me in participating in town hall meetings across the country to discuss the most important issues facing Americans. I also suggest we fly together to the first town hall meeting as a symbolically important act embracing the politics of civility, and that in the course of each meeting we smoke no less than 10 (ten) thinly rolled marijuana cigarettes between us so as to ensure the American people have the best opportunity to peer into our respective souls…
Some liberties were taken with the quote there at the end, but be that as it may I think the Ten Joint Townhall is a fabulous idea and one which I wish I had thought of. Such a format undoubtedly would have kept Jimmy Carter out of the White House, because Americans could never elect a President they had seen in the fetal position, and would have brought Ross Perot victory in a landslide because he would have had HW Bush and Clinton cowering like freshmen in pledge week. Perot MUST be a total type “A” stoner.
While I would not hazard to predict how the Obama-McCain Ten Jointer will go, my guess is that Obama can’t finish a sentence but hugs McCain and uses the phrase “you’re a good white man” A LOT, while McCain just giggles incessantly while trying to get beyond “My friends … he he he … my friends …”
Depends on what sort of weed they have, of course, but with McCain’s warm ties to Mexico they’ll probably have the really good sh*t.