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If Donald Trump can do it, why can’t we?

Michael Sansolo and I were discussing this the other day, and figured that if Donald Trump can somehow arrange to moderate a GOP Presidential debate - though it seems likely that whichever of the candidates show up will probably do more listening to Trump than answering his questions - we ought to be able to do the same thing.

However, we recognize that while MNB has an intelligent and engaged audience, it is unlikely that we would be able to get most or all of the contenders in the room with us. And so, what we’ve decided to do is this...

We have formulated 10 questions that we are sending to each of the Republican Presidential candidates, and we’re hoping to get answers back from at least some of them. We’ve designed these questions not to pin them down on policy issues, but rather to get some insight into how they think and relevant real-world experiences that they’ve had. And they are, to be sure, a little offbeat. (Except for the last one, which is a question we are dying to hear someone ask in one of the “real” debates.)

We will share the answers with you if and when and as they come in. (And, if anyone in the MNB audience has some juice with any of the candidates, we hope you’ll be kind enough to encourage them to answer.)

Our questions are as follows:

• What was the last thing you personally purchased from, and when did you do it?

• What kind of cellphone and computer do you use? Do you own a tablet computer, and if so, what kind?

• What is the favorite regional food that you’ve had while campaigning, and where did you have it?

• If we went on your computer, what three websites would it reveal that you visit most often? And why do you like and/or use them?

• Do you check / answer your own email?

• In your mind, what was the most significant technology-related story of the past year?

• When was the last time you went to the supermarket to do any shopping, and what did you buy there?

• What ten favorite food items do you always have in your refrigerator/freezer/cupboard?

• What is your favorite restaurant meal?

• What is the one thing you would do as president that would make your base absolutely nuts, and why would it be important to do it?

That’s it. Let’s see what happens.

And while we’re waiting....may I heartily recommend the Francis Coppola 2010 Black Label Pavilion Chardonnay, which has wonderful hints of melon, passion fruit and vanilla, and is a terrific white wine that runs about twenty bucks.

Worth reading....

Check out this piece on about a man and a woman who reinvented themselves during the Great Recession by purchasing an independent grocery store in a small Virginia town. Part of a series of columns called “My Brilliant Second Career,” this piece is a lovely bit of writing. If you’re anything like me, it’ll make you feel good.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Monday.

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