But maybe they ought. Following MDR boss Korrie Wenzel's decision to exclude Independent B. Thomas Marking from the U.S. House candidates' debate at the Corn Palace Festival on August 28, I posted the following online poll:
Should SD media include Independent candidate for U.S. House B. Thomas Marking in live public debates with candidates Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Kristi Noem?
Your responses, dear readers:
- Yes: 115 (78%)
- No: 32 (22%)
A few potential interpretations of these numbers:
- Those darned liberals reading the Madville Times just want Marking on stage to confuse and split the anti-incumbent vote (hey, not that I'd mind).
- Voters want to see if Marking will dare the same zingers face-to-face with the big dogs as he's willing to lob on YouTube.
- (I like this one best): Voters want every candidate, regardless of party, to have a fair chance to make their pitch to the electorate.