Intellectual Honesty

I first saw the headline on memeorandum last night. The “Mayor” is unlikely to attend the Republican version of the Youtube Debates, but even more, Romney, uncommitted to the debate, actually ridiculed the format.

I want to take this moment to be honest with you, dear reader, on this one. It was going to be my last post of the night, pounded out before clawing my way to bed for the night. I had what I thought a clever title, “Mitt Romney: Too Good For You”, and I even had a couple of choice sentences pounded out; the witty and entertaining preamble before I got down to the nitty gritty of really laying into him.

But you see, I couldn’t, not in good faith. You see, it would be wrong of me to blast Mitt for trashing the Youtube debate when I myself panned it. After spending much of my day calling these people out for the hypocrites that they are, it would be very bad form for me to turn around and do the very same thing that they do.

So I can’t, and in fact, I agree with Mitt. I can’t stand the format of the Youtube debate. I’m not a Youtube fanatic; I really only go there when I select what music videos I post here for our Saturday content. I also spend more than five minutes out of my day reading the news and paying attention to current events. As a result, I was highly disappointed with the lack of quality of the questions provided by the Youtube format, and thoroughly irritated with the whimsy about them.

I learned over the course of the two hours of the Democratic debate that I want journalists writing and asking the questions; that’s they’re job and believe it or not they seem to be pretty good at it all things considered.

Conversely, having a talking snowman on stage is too silly, and in a way disrespectful of the process. This isn’t MTV, or Adult Swim. This is the process we go through to chose the next leader of our nation and should be treated with a certain measure of gravitas.

So I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t engage in the blatantly hypocritcal attack of Mitt over his comment.

On the other hand, let me point out one thing; I’m a blogger. I’m not a politician, and personally, I could give two shits what people think of my opinions; they’re definitely not going to change the world, and there’s absolutely no risk that I’m going to be holding any political office in the near or even distant future.

With that being said, while I agree with Mitt whole heartedly, I must also say that his comments have to be about as dumb as can be. He deserves every bit of scorn and criticism that comes his way. Not because he’s wrong, but because he was dumb enough to tell the truth in this instance.

What he has to understand here is that in mocking the Youtube debates he is by proxy mocking the regular every day folks that frequent Youtube regularly and will, ultimately, judge the fate of his presidential aspirations. One wonders how many people he turns off by mocking the snow man, and worse still, how many he would alienate by not showing up to the debates.

Already the big idea is floating through the debates; which is worse, Democrats turning down the Fox debates to avoid being set up by a notoriously conservative news organization, or Romney and the rest of the Goppers turning down the Youtube debates to avoid being set up by… the people?

I as a blogger get to get away with the heavy handed criticism because my further employment and aspirations in no way depend on me sucking up to anyone. But as a politician, running for the highest office in the land no less, should know better. Corpus Juris, writing for Watching Those We chose, makes a pretty good case for the role that Youtube is playing in this campaign, which leads me to believe that the internet and Youtube is quickly emerging as the modern guise of shaking hands and kissing babies.

If that really is the case, Mitt Romney just spit on someone’s baby, and there’s a whole lot of people who witnessed it.

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