By Tom Quiner

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“Tell me one thing you like about your opponent.”

This is one of those sappy questions lightweight political reporters ask of candidates in a debate.
Most candidates intensely dislike their opponent. This question puts them in a position of being disingenuous at best, and lying through their teeth at worse.
I’d love to see a Saturday Night Live skit based on this question that would go something like this:

MODERATOR:  “So tell me, Mrs. Clinton, one thing you like about your opponent.”
CLINTON: “I’ve got to shoot straight with you and the American people: I can’t stand this guy. When I think of an apt synonym of the word “scumbag,” his name is what immediately pops into my head. If he has a single redeemable trait, I have yet to see it. If he were to win the election,  we might as well rename the USA as the United Scumbags of America. Nonetheless, I wish him and his family well.
MODERATOR: That was refreshingly candid, Mrs. Clinton. I think I speak for many when I say that this country needs more  straight talk like this. It took courage for you to speak so forthrightly, and I thank-you for it.
Okay, same  question for you, Senator Cruz, tell me one thing you like about your opponent.”
CRUZ:  She keeps coming up with creative hair styles.

Chris Christie and his opponent, Barbara Buono, were each asked this question in a recent debate, which I’ve posted above.
Watch Ms. Buono flunk the question. Watch Mr. Christie hit it out of the park.
Election over.
 

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  1. JoeC on October 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Chris Christie got so much flack from Republicans because he talked to the president in the aftermath of the hurricane. Some said he singlehandedly handed the presidency to Obama.
    This is the same people who are crying foul because Obama is not “negotiating” now.

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