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Like Shaq in the paint, Rep. Frank Niceley is the dominant force in Pith
's popular Kook Power Rankings. But that doesn't mean he never comes up with a good idea. As Niceley himself might put it, even a blind pig finds an acorn occasionally. We're talking about his bill calling for the 2010 Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominees to debate in all 95 counties.
It seems ridiculous at first thought, but that's only because we're so inured to stupidity in our politics. Actually, it's a great plan. Suddenly, voters personally could eyeball the candidates and decide for themselves who is the best. TV ads would lose importance and so would money. This would inject energy into our listless democracy. The candidates might have to learn something about the issues. They'd hate that, and that would make Pith
"It'd be kinda like going back to the days of Davy Crockett when he was running against that peg-legged fella," Niceley explains. Who knows what that means? Niceley lives in a hollow stump somewhere around Strawberry Plains. We have no idea what he's talking about most of the time. Whatever. We like this idea. Too bad it'll never happen.