For the next Presidential election cycle, I propose that one of the debates be a spelling bee. Instead of the moderator asking a question, they give one candidate a word to spell. If they spell it incorrectly, the other candidate gets a chance to spell the word. Then they get a new word to spell, and so on, until they’ve fill an hour.
Unlike a traditional debate, there will be an objective baseline to judge who won and who lost.
To make it more interesting, the words should all relate to the pressing issues of the day. People, places, and concepts. Countries and their capitals. World leaders. That kind of stuff. Throw in some Latin for legal precedents, some relevant scientific jargon, and maybe some anatomical terms because, you know, health care and reproduction.
I know, a lot of people won’t care whether the presumptive leader of the free world can spell. A few will take it as a badge of honor, sticking it to the educated elitists. Personally, I just look forward to having someone who can at least use spell check, or having someone else proof a tweet before hitting send. It’s a low bar, I know, but that’s where I’m at right now.