September 12, 2008
"and you haven't been talking about the candidates." Not specifically. But, I believe what we're doing here is more valuable. By thinking through broader topics, we come to this discussion table with less baggage and are better learning how to reason - so that when we hear the candidates make their arguments, we'll be able to make better judgments. That being said, for those of you interested in the fascinating political match up that's taking place this year, there are two sets of interviews that I highly recommend. Interviews that force the candidates to go beyond the practiced answer, so that we can try and learn and empathize what the candidate truly believes in. 1) The Saddleback Civil Forum Interviews of both candidates by pastor and author, Rick Warren. In these lengthy interviews of both candidates, the questions focus on each candidate's philosophy and worldview more than specific policy matters. Absolutely fascinating. 2) Obama's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor (Part 1 of 4 linked here) O'Reilly angrily presses Obama to offer specifics on his soundbyte proposals, and we get them. I would love to see a McCain interview handled in this same way. Unfortunately, the first person that comes to mind is the late Tim Russert.