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That is a contingent argument. Here is an unconditional one: Even if debate organizers think Sarvis’ views fall beyond the pale, denying him a place on the stage denies the voters the opportunity to hear and consider those views. The organizers have every right to do that if they wish. But if they do, then they cannot claim to be merely neutral facilitators of the democratic process. They are, instead, activists trying to influence the outcome of the election for their own ideological reasons.
Now that’s a stacked debate.
This column originally appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.