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  • No, nobody named Bracket has yet announced his or her candidacy for president. Here's what I mean.

    Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey is the latest contender for the Republican presidential nomination. With his announcement on Tuesday, he gets in line behind 13 other wannabe chief executives to lead the free world. Several more candidates are expected to announce their intentions soon, including the ever-lovin' Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. We haven't had this much GOP voter choice since 1952. Ain't democracy grand?

    The RNC has scheduled at least nine debates between August 15 and the primary season, with ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and Telemundo signed up to broadcast one or more of them. The networks face a dilemma: how to give candidates time enough to speak while preventing them from falling off the stage.

    The answer is simple. Retain the NCAA to manage the debates. Let them vet the contenders and set up brackets as they do for the March Madness basketball tourney. That way, the public will have more debates, each one mano a mano and up close and personal. If two more candidates announce, there will be a sweet sixteen of the critters, translating into a total of 15 debates. Not too much for the media and voters to handle if episodes are spaced two weeks apart. Think how the drama will start to heighten as the final four contenders square off!

    Not only will the brackets give all candidates more or less a fair shake to win the debates, it will save the expense, agony and boredom of a party convention. The nominee will simply be the one who wins the final contest, and the runner-up gets the Veep spot. Sweet, and no need for contenders to wear themselves out raising money for the primaries, because there won't be any.

    I'll spare you my ideas about match-ups because I realize what you really want to know is who will judge the debates. That's easy. I nominate an all-star panel of experts: Rush Limbaugh (constitutional law), Sean Hannity (economy), Sarah Palin (environment), William Kristol (foreign affairs), Michelle Bachman (church and state), and for levity, David Brooks (good government). By putting their heads together, I am sure they will come up with a winning ticket.

    Debate brackets would be much less tedious and more transparent than the normal process of selecting the contender who raised the most cash, and a lot more fun, don't you agree?

    @image: photo courtesy of the White House
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