We should run the GOP candidate debates like NCAA basketball playoffs

We should run the GOP candidate debates like NCAA basketball playoffs
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[Ed. – Heh.  Not a bad idea, actually.  Props to Clarice Feldman’s husband.]

My husband was ecstatic when Rick Santorum threw his hat into the already overcrowded Republican presidential primary ring. Since he’s no fan of Santorum’s I was puzzled by his response and he explained.

“As soon as there are 16 candidates you can have a regional sweet sixteen. Then you can do what the NCAA does. Rank the candidates one through sixteen. The top ranked candidate debates the lowest ranked candidate. The second ranked debates the fifteenth ranked candidate and so on. The highest surviving seed debates the lowest surviving seed until two remain for the final debate.”

I know nothing about the sweet sixteen procedure, but the idea struck me as a better alternative than the notion of a silly kick line of heaven knows how many candidates, vying for attention with two-minute soundbyte answers to gotcha questions by certain-to–be-partisan liberal media personages. (By my count in the 2012 run up there were 10 Republicans in the debates and no less than 20 debates.) …

The problem is, the bench is too good and needs to be whittled down for us to make the best choice. It’s truly an embarrassment of riches.

If we can get the field down to 16, my husband’s suggestion of a Sweet Sixteen runoff is as good a plan as I’ve seen.

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