On Monday September 26, 2016 Hofstra University will play host to the first 2016 Presidential Debate.
Organized by The Commission on Presidential Debates, a purportedly “non-partisan” entity comprised largely of Republican and Democratic operatives. The CPD as it’s known, instituted a polling litmus test first applied to H Ross Perot in 1992. Perot qualified and appeared in debates with George H W Bush, and William J Clinton.
To the dismay of both Parties, Perot’s folksy charm and command of facts, proved troublesome for the Republican and Democratic candidates.
The standard for participation was raised to 15% in polls selected solely by the CPD. Those polls require the latest available while not setting a standard for real-time performance, nor for soundness of polling strategy.
This ensures a poll can be utilized, which only asks of the Republican and Democratic candidates, is deemed both recent and valid, and excludes any recognized alternative party or independent candidates.
In this election, the CPD has excluded from participation (so far):
Gary Johnson and William Weld of the Libertarian Party
Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Green Party
both of whom appear on sufficient national ballots to actually obtain the 270 electoral college delegates required to win. Close on their heels is Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley of the Constitution Party (on 20 or more ballots) who could influence the outcome of the election, and theoretically be elected to high office.
Frankly, this is outrageous. The complacency of the so-called journalists in not demanding a full representation at the debates is reprehensible.
Also excluded while appearing on less than 20 ballots:
Evan McMullin (I), Gloria LaRiva (PSL), Rocky de la Fuente (Reform), Emidio Soltysik (Socialist) and Alyson Kennedy of the Socialist Workers Party.
Realistically, we wish them and the other hundred or so write in and marginal candidates well, however they’re mathematically precluded from winning office.