Dan McLaughlin, the Baseball Crank, adds to the list of a great ideas that will never happen:
An idea; a proposal: John McCain should challenge Barack Obama to a week-long set of town-hall debates (say, 4-5 of them) on college campuses when the college kids go back to school in late August/early September. Such debates could be concentrated specifically in the Big Ten schools (Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio St) and other swing-state universities (U. Missouri) that can produce huge audiences in close proximity to where the candidates will already be campaigning. I'm sure MTV could be lined up to host the debates in as wide-open a format, with no pre-screening of the audience, as possible.
Dan thinks McCain will do well before such an audience; I agree. McCain rocked the house at Villanova on Hardball. Being a genuine American hero counts for something, even on a college campus.
Left unmentioned by the Baseball Guy - even granting that the crowds will love him, does Obama really benefit from video of adoring college kids cheering for him? How many middle-aged working class votes will that swing? Sorry, swing to Obama?
Well, it will never happen - Team Obama will see the non-upside and find a reason to duck this. Take away his teleprompter and Obama's afraid. Whatever.
MORE: Hmm, I had thoughts on McCain's youth appeal a while back. Has Obama been afraid all of his life? I don't know.