A Public Forum?
Or Just More Goo-goo Gah-gah?
A very good thing is supposed to happen this Thursday evening. The seven Speaker candidates are to unite in a 2-hour debate on the issues of the day ... in public, no less. And for that, we commend them all!
But here at the Backroom Deal Breaker, we want to make sure that you too can have your say. For what is a public forum without a public?
When asked if our fellow Backroomies could submit questions to the upcoming debate, we got a big fat NO along with a good-idea-though pat on the back. We also got a dose of an unfortunate we-know-best reality. Here's what a Citizens Union rep for the so-called public forum had to say:
As for questions, we may open the floor to questions from the audience. As you can imagine with 7 candidates time is tight and we want to make sure we touch on a variety of themes.
I love the idea of making the connection to the internet community and having them submit questions. This is something we will look into for future events.
So here's our solution:
First, we invite Backroomies to either post any questions you'd like to have asked in the comments section, or email them confidentially to email@example.com. We'll then make sure they get in front of the appropriate eyeballs.
Second, we encourage Citizens Union (and the host of other goo-goos associated with this event) as well as the oft-quoted moderator, Professor Doug Muzzio, to rethink the public's involvement in this public forum. This is your opportunity - as good government groups - to practice what you preach by showcasing what the words public involvement really mean.