Donald Trump could be lip-syncing instead of debating. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)
Joseph H. Cooper writes for the Huffington Post and

There will be no fewer than 19 candidate debates before the presidential nomination conventions next summer.

Ten remain (four this year) for those seeking to be the Republican nominee. There will be six debates (three this year) for Democrats.

As Donald Trump, former star of “The Apprentice,” has dominated GOP polls, it’s become trendy to compare the campaign to a reality TV show. But why compare it to one when it could be turned into one? Instead of more debates, the candidates should be made to compete in lip-sync contests, as on Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle.” There’s no end to the apt songs.

For early fall 2015:

Born to Run” (Bruce Springsteen)

High Hopes” (Frank Sinatra)

We’ve Only Just Begun” (The Carpenters)

Against All Odds” (Phil Collins)

If I Ruled the World” (Nas)

Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)

I Have Dreamed” (Nancy LaMott)

I Wanna Be Around” (Tony Bennett)

Stayin’ Alive” (Bee Gees)

I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor)

Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” (Diana Ross)

This Time I Know It’s for Real” (Donna Summer)

Miracles” (Jefferson Starship)

Count on Me” (Jefferson Starship)

Don’t You Want Me?” (The Human League)

The Dream Is Always the Same” (Tangerine Dream)

You Don’t Know Me” (Ray Charles)

Say My Name” (Destiny’s Child)

For recovering from a campaign gaffe:

Help” (The Beatles)

Over My Head” (Fleetwood Mac)

What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye)

What Kind of Fool Am I” (Sammy Davis, Jr.)

What a Fool Believes” (The Doobie Brothers)

I’m Alright” (Kenny Loggins)

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (Meat Loaf)

Don’t Explain” (Billie Holiday)

Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)

As super PAC coffers begin to empty:

Running on Empty” (Jackson Browne)

Money (That’s What I Want)” (Barrett Strong)

We Need Some Money” (Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers)

Busted” and “Crying Time” (Ray Charles)

Ticket to Ride” (The Beatles)

I Need You” (The Pointer Sisters)

Who Can I Turn to, When Nobody Needs Me” (Tony Bennett)

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (The Temptations)

Help Me” (Joni Mitchell)

All of Me” (Willie Nelson)

Take the Money and Run” (The Steve Miller Band)

With a Little Help from My Friends” (Joe Cocker)

Someone to Watch Over Me” (Ella Fitzgerald)

Wrapped Around Your Finger” (The Police)

For when the field begins to thin after Iowa and New Hampshire:

I’m So Excited” (The Pointer Sisters)

How Deep Is Your Love” (Bee Gees)

Slip Slidin’ Away” (Paul Simon)

Against All Odds” (Mariah Carey)

Wild Horses” (The Rolling Stones)

Only the Strong Survive” (Jerry Butler)

No Surrender” (Bruce Springsteen)

Tougher than the Rest” (Bruce Springsteen)

I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen)

 A very special round for all-but-defeated candidates:

Remember Me” (Diana Ross)

Can’t Let Go” (Mariah Carey)

And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (Jennifer Hudson)

I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt)

Have a Little Faith in Me” (John Hiatt)

Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey)

For those who make it past Super Tuesday:

All I Do Is Win” (DJ Khaled)

Not Ready to Make Nice” (Dixie Chicks)

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About” (Bonnie Raitt)

Yes We Can Can” (Allen Touissant)

One more time before the final primaries:

Last Dance” (Donna Summer)

Up Where We Belong” (Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)

And finally, for those pre-convention reconciliations:

After the Fall” (Journey)

And So It Goes” (Billy Joel)

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (Tony Bennett)

You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (The Rolling Stones)

Let It Go” (Idina Menzel)

My Heart Will Go On” (Celine Dion)

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” (Fleetwood Mac)