In the video below a pair of CNN talking heads ask a college Democrat and Republican their opinions as to who'd they like as their candidate for president, and what they think is the top issue of the campaigns.
The Democrat Rachel Moore was president of the LVC College Democrats and is also a member of SAFE (Student Action for the Earth) and HyPE (the History, Political Science and Economics Departmental organization), She also interned for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, and worked on political campaigns for Ed Rendell, Bob Casey Jr., and John Kerry.
When asked the question - "Who do you support for president?"
I’m going to say having been the idealistic betting candidate I would say Ron Paul has the chance, idealistically. As far as the top tier candidates I don’t really think they stand for what traditional conservatives believe in. You have Giuliani out there who is really anti-gun Republican, who is going to lose a strong base, especially here in the south. And then Mitt Romney kind of flip-flops on his issues. John McCain I think is pretty much just out. We need a strong, solid conservative.
The studio response is sarcastic and intolerant.
When asked the same question - "Who do you support for president?" Rachel Moore says:
I’d pick a Democrat! ... all of the college Democrats, you know, we’re so behind just winning a Democrat in 2008. If you look at the Republican candidates, I mean, the Democrats are such a diverse group. And all the Republican candidates, every one of them have said they would commute Scooter Libby. They said that they would stay in Iraq and turn it into the next Korea. And all of the Republican candidates – "
She's interrupted, and the ensuing chaos and derision from the television studio has to be seen and heard to believe.
Whatever happened to the ideal of journalism being: to report the news? When did actors get equal time against their interviewees?
The top two political questions on the minds of the interviewees were good ones. Morales:
My most important issue is probably going to be Social Security. I think that’s an issue that’s really facing our generation. That my generation is pretty much going to be completely robbed of those funds that were put into the government. We really need to get students to focus on that issue and make that the forefront for the 2008 election.
my most important issues are the ones from the Democratic Party, are the environment, making sure there’s proper support on student aid, and universal health care for all, and among other things. We can’t really be pegged to one issue at this point.
I've omitted the CNN commentary because, well, it was so ludicrous as to not be worth printing. See the video above if you can stomach it, or read the transcript.
The ladies on camera here are to be commended for not losing their cool and cussing out CNN, as I did. Maybe they did, later.