Tuesday, September 13, 2011

And In Conclusion

Unlike most debate moderators, Wolf Blitzer in Tampa allowed the candidates time to go after each other, to allow the candidates to get on the record their differences with each other. Say what you (or I) will about Blitzer, he did not put himself forward as the show but allowed the spotlight to be focused on the debaters.

Still, he ought not to have ended by asking each each of the individuals what he/she did on summer vacation. Or something like that.

The CNN anchorman asked (transcript of part 4 of debate, here)

You know, Americans are looking at you. They also want to know a little bit more about you....I want to go down and get your thoughts on something you would bring to the White House if you were the next president of the United States .

Time limit did not permit the moderator to ask what really was on his mind: Who was your favorite "Seinfeld" character? What is your favorite comfort food? If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

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