The 5 Liberal vs. Conservative Debates I Would Love to See Happen

hannity-stewartAnyone who follows politics is often inundated with a constant stream of bad or negative news. And at times it can get to people. So every once in a while I like to take a step back from all the seriousness and negativity and write a more lighthearted article that mixes in a little fun, but hopefully also gets people talking.

Well, an idea I’ve always wanted to see happen would be to get some of the well-known liberal and conservative individuals who cover politics together and have them hash it out in a two-hour political debate. Similar to that of the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate back in February and the Jon Stewart/Bill O’Reilly debate that took place in 2012.

So I decided to list the five liberal vs. conservative debates that I would love to see happen.

In no particular order:

1) Jon Stewart vs. Sean Hannity 

These two have a little bit of a history going back and forth at one another. But I think the two different styles each of them have would make for an epic debate. To see the sarcasm of Stewart head to head against the loud arrogance of Hannity would be something I would actually pay to see.

2) Bill Maher vs. Rush Limbaugh 

I think the lure of seeing these two debate one another lies in the fact that they’re both often very controversial. And neither seems to care at all what anyone really thinks of them. While it might not be the most eloquent of debates, it would probably be one of the most heated.

3) Rachel Maddow vs. Bill O’Reilly 

While I rarely agree with Bill O’Reilly, he’s one of the few conservative pundits that I don’t completely loathe. That being said, he often likes to bully people by simply talking over them or cutting them off mid-sentence. He wouldn’t be able to pull that on Maddow. In fact, I think she would be every bit as fiery toward O’Reilly as he might be toward her. To watch possibly the most well-known faces at MSNBC and Fox News go toe-to-toe would be a sight to behold.

4) John Oliver vs. Ann Coulter 

I know John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight hasn’t been around for very long, but his show is already a massive hit. He’s quickly established himself as someone who’s not afraid to call out people for acting ridiculous. And who’s more ridiculous than Ann Coulter? She’s so outrageous that some have joked that she’s actually a liberal pretending to be a conservative just to make them look bad. I would love to see her have the ability to say whatever she wants, then just sit back and watch Oliver react to it. That would be priceless.

5) Stephen Colbert vs. Glenn Beck 

We all know Colbert’s a caricature of the typical right-wing media personality. Well, I would absolutely love to see him mock and belittle the nonsense that’s constantly streaming from Glenn Beck. The way in which he goes around trying to act as if he’s some prophet sent here by God to bring us all a message is just the sort of nonsense I would thoroughly enjoy seeing Colbert pick apart.

Well, there you have it folks. The five liberal vs. conservative debates I would love to see happen. Now I know I left out former politicians, but I wanted to limit the list strictly to media personalities and not former politicians who went to work for the media. And, yes, some of these people might have even crossed paths at one time or another. But a 5-10 minute segment isn’t the same as a lengthy debate where most anything goes and no topic is out of bounds.

But hit me up on Twitter and let me know who you’d like to see face off in an epic debate about politics.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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