I was hoping that tonight's "town hall" style debate would be better than the first debate between Sen. John "F--- You" McCain and Sen. Messiah Barack Obama.
Unbelievably, it was worse and even in this, Sen. "F--- You" McCain managed a very marginal win. Only because it is his more natural setting. But, the way it was run made it really impossible for both candidates to do anything that could articulate something that neither one has not said before.
The problem is that there is the group that sounds so important. The Commission on Presidential Debates.
This commission works with both campaigns to set up how many debates there will be, where and type of debate. Also, the commission provides the moderators. In and of itself, it sounds reasonable.
But, the problem is the Commission on Presidential Debates itself.
IT IS RAN BY FOSSILS! IT CHOOSES FOSSILS TO BE "MODERATORS"! AND IT CHOOSES BAD FORMATTING!
Take a look at the leadership of the commission and this is from their website:
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
Gerald R. Ford†
William J. Clinton
Board of Directors
John C. Danforth
Michael D. McCurry
Newton N. Minow
Alan K. Simpson
H. Patrick Swygert
Janet H. Brown
Take a look at the co-chairmen. Messrs. Farenkopf and Kirk cut their political teeth in the 1980s. And really, does one think that the two surviving presidents that are honorary co-chairmen really do add anything but their names?
And the board of directors. Sheesh! More fossils from the 1980s. Although we have Mike McCurry who was former President Clinton's press secretary. But come on. Two fossil Republicans that stick out are two former senators. John Danforth and Alan Simpson. These are two of the most inside the beltway types one can imagine.
Again, that is the problem.
The leadership of this commission needs to be changed.
The need is there to have the new media have a way to steer these debates. And, there are really good people on both sides that can do a better job. They can use the internet not to promote canned questions, but some that can actually make the candidates have to get off their talking points and answer. And that is for both candidates.
That is what was missing tonight.
Because tonight's moderator, Tom Brokaw, is fossil media, the kind of questions that he ended up choosing were yawners. Most have already been asked in two previous debates. And the one at the end about what either Sen. "F--- You" McCain or Sen. Messiah Barack did not know landed like a turd.
According to sources, there were over SIX MILLION questions that were asked over the internet. That is 6,000,000 questions. So, of course Mr. Brokaw picks one from another fossil-a 78 year old one-about "sacrifice". I was ready for a sacrifice!
So, there were no questions about anything but the economy. No questions about the candidates picks for judges. No questions about where they stand on same-sex marriage. No questions about the candidates stand on abortion on demand. No questions about what either candidate thinks of the proper role of government is in the everyday lives of Americans. No questions that asked either candidate about whether or not the war we are in is even against Islamofacism.
And that is because the "moderator" chose all the questions he wanted to ask. And because Mr. Brokaw is a fossil of media, he had no idea to choose a wide variety of questions.
Here is a clue.
We already know both candidates talking points. We hear them day in and day out. If Mr. Brokaw got of Manhattan and or the tony salons of Washington, D. C., he may get a clue that there are a whole host of issues that Americans have not heard about from either candidate. And, do not hold your breath that anything will change in the next debate. That is going to be "moderated" by CBS news Bob Schieffer. Another old media fossil.
I am very hopeful that this Commission on Presidential Debates can replace their "leadership" and usher in some 21st century leadership. It is really needed.