1. The debate is being sponsored by the "nonpartisan" Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware, of which Ralph Begleiter is the Director.
2. Among the candidates running for re-election this year who will be appearing on stage at the October debates are Governor Jack Markell, Senator Tom Carper, and Congressman John Carney.
3. Senator Carper will, given the rules adopted by the "nonpartisan" Center, face only GOP nominee Kevin Wade, and will not have to share the stage with Independent Party of Delaware nominee Alex Pires or Green/Libertarian Party nominee Andrew Groff.
4. Congressman Carney will, given the rules adopted by the "nonpartisan" Center, face only GOP nominee Tom Kovach, and will not have to share the stage with Libertarian/IPOD nominee Scott Gesty or Green Party nominee Bernard August.
5. This is all, of course, according to standards set by the Pew Center Debate Standards Project about ten years ago, and is complete, utterly, totally, and beyond dispute NON-PARTISAN. We know because Ralph Begleiter told us.
6. Finally, here is a screen shot of the ex officio members of the Advisory Committee of the COMPLETELY TOTALLY AND UTTERLY NON-PARTISAN Center for Political Communication:
|Naw, there couldn't be any conflict of interest here, could there?|
If you really want to know how Mr. Begleiter defends this position, why not ask him yourself.
Here's his email address: Ralph.Begleiter@udel.edu