Was it the polls--that show Michael Munger persistently hanging in the North Carolina governor's race?
Was it the blogs--which have been stridently calling it to public attention that excluding one of three ballot-qualified candidates is an exercise in restricting political free speech?
Was it the Money Grenade--which went off on 3-4 July?
Was it the run of radio spots in major North Carolina cities?
Whichever it was--or all of them combined, hell has apparently frozen over; from the League of Women Voters to Michael Munger today [courtesy of Mike Munger]:
Dear Dr. Munger:
Congratulations to you on winning the nomination as the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of North Carolina. WSOC-TV the ABC Affiliate and WTVI the Public Broadcast Station in Charlotte, in partnership with the North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters extend an invitation for your participation in a LIVE televised debate originating from the studios of WTVI in Charlotte.
The debate will be held on October 15, 2008. The debate moderators would be provided by WSOC-TV. Representatives of WSOC-TV, WTVI Charlotte and the North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters would meet with you to discuss debate format. The debate will be televised live 7:00-8:00 pm EDT and we have offered the debate to television stations statewide.
The partnership of WSOC-TV, WTVI Charlotte and North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters welcomes the opportunity to provide a debate forum for you to discuss your positions on important issues to voters. The collaborating parties feel it necessary to get planning underway immediately. May we expect a reply from you by Friday, August 1, 2008? Please make initial contact with Kay Hall, Program Director for WSOC-TV... Ms. Hall will coordinate meetings with you and/or your campaign representatives along with WTVI and the North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters.
We look forward to your positive response. We trust you will welcome the opportunity to share your vision for North Carolina's future with voters.
I can't wait.