The Girl In The Spotlight?*
Okay, so the title is a little tongue in cheek, but why shouldn't acting like a party that actually wants to win some seats be a pre-requisite to demanding time be taken away from the other leaders?
I've written in the past about the standards I would use in assessing the Greens' right to entry, and I still don't believe they have met the threshold.
Elizabeth May has not yet shown she is serious about getting herself elected, least of all the Green party. And she's demanding to be taken seriously by the television consortium that puts these things together?
When Obama finally decides to debate McCain, tune in a watch how much you find out about the two men when the debate is focused on the two serious candidates for President. Then tune into ours and imagine how useful the US debate would be if Ralph Nadar and Bob Barr were let in and given equal treatment with Obama & McCain.
We hurt our debate and we hurt our electoral knowledge playing everything "fair". We should have no guilt about asking for a debate that consists of the people actually in a position to govern. It's not wrong of us to ask for that.
Finally, before anyone thinks I'm trying to make it easier for the Prime Minister - far from it. One of my fantasy football leagues is made up of a number of staffers from Ottawa and various provincial capitals, and last night was our draft night. During a break, I cracked a joke about the Greens getting into the debate.
"Let her," one piped in. "The more lefties on stage, the better our guy looks to the moderates."
* - Update: The original title of this post was "F@#* The Greens", meant as an obviously over-the-top reaction. (Think Jon Stewart doing his "f@#* that guy/those guys/them" bit on the Daily Show.)
Reread it later on however, and realized the humour wasn't coming across. Hence the change.