Fox News: Stephen Douglas and Frederick Douglass, What’s the Difference?

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Lately, Hillary Clinton has been calling for a “Lincoln-Douglas style” debate, in which she and Barack Obama would speak directly to one another without moderators, in response to the Obama campaign’s refusal to do any further televised debates.

Of course, the reference is to the famous series of debates held between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas when both men were campaigning for an Illinois senate seat in 1858.

Fox News apparently didn’t get the memo.

I suspect a debate between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t be all that exciting.

Douglass: We should abolish slavery.
Lincoln: I dunno.
Douglass: It’s the only way to save the Union.
Lincoln: Okay.

And scene.

Update: Oh, I almost forgot. More Fox hilarity here.


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