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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  • Pipercat

    Ham vs. Nye style. No cutting off, brow beating or bluster.

  • Rachel Maddow vs. Billo would have to have some strict time and topic limits. Otherwise Bill would be constantly interrupting her, as he did the President.

    • Terry

      I agree.

  • colleen2

    Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh have similar attitudes towards women. They would be able to find ‘common ground’ there.

    • Stephen Barlow

      I think the two Bills would be a better fight. Maher wouldn’t let Billo the Clown get away with his sniping.

      • Larry Ham

        O’Reilly would mop the floor with Maher because he simply knows more; Maher is all heat, no light.

      • Stephen Barlow

        The former GOSSIP REPORTER?

        It’s would be a shouter against a quipster and i think Meher would let Billo the Clown go hoarse and THEM impale him with one barb after another. I bet Billo would leave the debate early.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Remember James J Kilpatrick and Shana Alexander on 60 minutes?

    Point/Counterpoint. only if there were a female politico who was as savvy and relevant as Andy Rooney used to be. That would be a debate worth watching.

  • stinkingbadge

    I think it’s a bad idea. In order to have a debate the participants have to present facts that support their opinion. It would simply be a platform for them to spew their ignorance from.

    • Well, the moderators would have to be authorized, prepared and ready to call out lies. Of course, in moderating a debate with anyone from Fox, that’s all they would be doing….

      • Larry Ham

        Right, because liberals never lie. Remind us again why Dan Rather was fired from his job.

      • Did I say liberals never lie? No, I did not. But since, according to Politico, fifty percent of statements on Fox are false, mostly false, and Pants-on-Fire, the moderator would be busy.

      • Larry Ham

        Even when liberal news sources tell the truth they only tell the liberal side of things, that’s why people like you are so ignorant, you never hear the other side of issues.

        And then you get your panties in a bunch when a conservative source reveals the truth.

        People like you want to go back to the days of Brokaw, Jennings and Rather, when ALL of our news was brought to us by Democrats….sorry, but we’re never going back to that.

      • Well, I would much rather have Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather (for all his flaws) than the so-called conservative “newsmakers” today. Andrew Breitbart? Bill O’Reilly? Sean Hannity?

        ‘Tis to laugh.

      • Larry Ham

        You’ve exposed the source of your ignorance, you only want to listen to fellow Democrats. Smart people are not like you, they want to hear both sides.

        Someday you’ll mature and understand this…I’m guessing you’re a teenager or college student.

        If you’re not liberal when you’re young you have no heart, but if you’re not conservative when you grow up you have no brain.

      • So I’m a teenager or college student, huh?

        Did it ever occur to you that a “teenager or college student” would most likely have no idea who Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings or Dan Rather is?

        For your information, I have watched Bill O’Reilly. At one time, I was an avid viewer of his show.

        You know why I don’t watch it any longer? It’s because that, due to my reading other sources (mainly those pesky “fact-checking” sites), I came to realize that his program, and indeed all of Fake Noise–excuse me, Fox News–is full of lies and distortions.

        So yes, I have heard the “other side.” And I emphatically reject it.

        And if “growing up” means turning into a heartless conservative…then just call me Peter Pan, and proud to be so.

      • Harry R Omwake

        Actually, what Rather said about GW Bush skipping out of his last year of service was not a lie! The problem was the source was bad and not properly vetted, something FOX would not care about, but which a proper news source, such as CBS , absolutely requires!

  • Bob Allen

    I would pay big $$ to see that

  • Terry

    I’d love to see those debates happen, they’d be youtube hits galore once they’re posted up!

  • Cindy Leinwand

    That’s good, but I’d put Rachel Maddow against Ann Coulter – with rules in place that they have to let each other finish their thoughts and their sentences and no interrupting.

  • Matthew Reece

    6. Noam Chomsky vs. Hans-Hermann Hoppe.