Welcome to the Demand Question Time blog.
Two weeks ago, we watched as President Obama and the Republican members of the House of Representatives engaged in a frank and respectful question-and-answer session, unmoderated and live on television. It was a moment of constructive civility and substantial debate at a time when the national conversation often seems to consist of politicians and pundits talking past each other or sloganeering. And so we started the Demand Question Time petition a few days later, determined to push both sides to make this a regular tradition.
To our amazement, nearly 20,000 people have signed up already. We’ve never seen such a diverse coalition: Respected leaders from the right to the left, activists from the Tea Party movement to the anti-Iraq War movement, campaign strategists for the Democrats and the Republicans, and many leading journalists, bloggers, academics and regular folks have joined the Demand Question Time call. Judging from all the press we’ve earned, we’ve started a lively and important national conversation.
We’re working on a range of steps that we can take together to build support for Question Time, and plan to roll those out soon. The first step is this: we’re asking you to help us figure out how we build this effort. Use the comment thread below to introduce yourself, say a bit about why you signed the petition, and offer your thoughts on how to grow the movement. We’ll be listening! In the meantime, spread the word and share your ideas.
Micah Sifry, Mike Moffo, David Corn, Mindy Finn, Jon Henke, Glenn Reynolds
Steering committee, Demand Question Time