04/08/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

It's Not Too Late to Sign the Demand Question Time Petition

President Obama's 86-minute exchange with House Republicans was one of the best things to happen to American democracy in a long time. I was delighted that President Obama gave a terrific accounting of himself on health care, but that's not the point. Republicans had a legitimate chance to confront the President with hard questions, and the occasion discouraged know-nothing partisanship and evasion on either side.

Both sides will want, and deserve, an opportunity for adult conversation beyond the level of sound bites and unmediated by unhelpful reporters who mostly detract from the substance of such events.

Compare the content and human drama of that exchange with the mostly-useless candidate debates, stale soundbite press conferences, or the narcolepsy-inducing conventions of the State of the Union address. Sign the petition. It's not too late.