Political debate, but where the candidates are hooked up to a polygraph:
JASPER, Indiana – Two challengers for an Indiana congressional seat have agreed to be hooked up to lie detectos during a debate, but an official with the incumbent’s party dismisses the idea as “bizarre.”
After the groan-worthy vice/presidential debates we’ve had this election, I appreciate the idea of hooking the debators up to a lie detector. That would be more interesting, if not more informative. But no, we can’t forbid politicians the ability to lie! That would be like asking Michaelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel without brushes! Also, if two out of three participants in the debate agree to get hooked up to a lie detector and the third doesn’t, is that the same thing as the third guy admitting that he planned to lie in the debate?
According the the guy that nixed the polygraphs,
“Polygraphs have their use in law enforcement, but I don’t see them fitting in a political debate,” Jones said. “There are plenty of avenues for finding out each candidate’s true position. The votes of both Baron Hill and Mike Sodrel are on record with Congress.”
Translation: “There are plenty of avenues for finding out each candidate’s true position. The debate isn’t one of them.” Really now. It’s almost enough to make one cynical.