Originally Posted by groverat
What about that question is not valid? What good questions do not have presuppositions? And even more important, did the Democrat debate not feature questions with presuppositions?.
The part of the question that is not valid is the part that pretends to ask a question but instead makes an accusation aka the presupposition, aka the definition of a loaded question.
As for the Democratic questions, no I don't see any that are loaded or making accusations. The closest one would probably be, "Have we had the same two families in charge for too long?"
The questions may draw a line in the sand and ask you to stand on either side of it, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Extend Social Security taxes to earnings over $97k?
America's Going Broke! What will you do?
Will my taxes rise if a Democrat takes office?
Compare this with the nice bit of questioning in the Republican debate...
Is your campaign exploiting 9/11?
Should Vice-President Dick Cheney have so much power?
A gay Brigadier General asks a question..aka why do you believe the troops are not professional enough to serve with openly gay soldiers?
Those are three accusations in a row.
Is it "MISinformation"? Republicans talk about 9/11 and terrorism constantly. To ask about it is perfectly rational.
There are hard questions in both lists (See: "Are the troops dying in vain?"), yet only the Republicans seem to be crying about it.
Nonsense. I'm sure the Republicans would have desired to answer that question instead of all the accusations.
A question is not invalid simply because better ones exist. We can get a sense of the character of the nominee based on the question being discussed.
Agreed, but a question is invalid when it is an accusation posing as a question. That does nothing to help us get the sense of a character of a nominee. Also since the best means of defusing a loaded question is to avoid answering it directly, it allows the norm to become avoiding the question. It allows candidate ducking real questions to appear the same as those ducking loaded questions. That is a process that, again, contributes to cynicism and lack of information.
Let's have CNN fix it by scheduling two more debates where the Democrats answer the Republican questions and the Republicans answer the Democratic questions. I bet the viewership would be through the roof. I'd pay money for that!