I liked Josh Lerner’s idea of having more conservative intellectual heavy hitters ask the questions at future GOP debates. As I wrote this week on Politico, too often the questioners at these event take a "gotcha" approach to questions, trying to catch some apparent contradiction in a candidates’ rhetoric or policy stances. These questions are for the most part unhelpful, and skilled debaters can easily parry them. A better approach would be to, as I suggest in the piece, “ask questions that get to the heart of what it means to be a conservative in 2011 and how that might shape the decisions a candidate might make as president.”
With this in mind, my five recommended questions were as follows:
1. What books have shaped your world view?
2. Which presidential portraits would you put up in the White House, and how would their examples guide your presidency?
3. What is the role of the Constitution in modern America?
4. How has Sept. 11 changed our country, and how would you try to change our current balance between liberty and security?
5. Is health care a right?
These are just some of my ideas. I would love to hear what kinds of questions Ricochet readers would recommend.