I can’t tell if this is satire or not: “Barack Obama should challenge Wayne LaPierre, longtime leader of the National Rifle Association, to a one-hour primetime televised debate.” I mean, it sounds like your typical left-leaning argument, but come on. Barack Obama knows nothing about firearms, knows nothing about persuading people who don’t need to be persuaded*, and has the eternally-useful habit of thinking that he’s about twenty IQ points smarter than he actually is. Wayne LaPierre, on the other hand, has been debating people under hostile conditions for quite a while; and I’m pretty sure that nobody in the NRA’s leadership sees any downside in smacking around Barack Obama in a debate. Quite the contrary, really.
So, yeah, sure: let’s have that debate. Not that it will happen, of course. The President’s advisers would rather eat broken glass than let Barack Obama walk into that particular buzzsaw…
*You may recall that Mitt Romney cleaned Barack Obama’s clock so thoroughly in the first debate that a moderator in the next one had to step in and blatantly intervene on Barack Obama’s behalf. Five bucks says that the NRA would be a lot less trusting of the moderator in any sort of hypothetical debate.