1. What does “undecided” mean?
“Undecided” voters in New York state are evidently different from “undecided” voters in Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, or Nevada. “Undecided” in New York can apparently be loosely translated as, “Please, Mr. President, give me a reason to vote for you again.” Next time, either put the “swing state townhall” in a real swing state, or don’t waste our time. There are few things more BORING than watching Obama voters pretend they aren’t really going to vote for him this time.
2. “Binders” of women
Am I missing something? This has become an internet meme overnight. Maybe SNL can do something with it this weekend, but it doesn’t strike me as remotely humorous.
3. It’s time to play “Pick the Moderator”
If I were the head of the RNC, I would simply refuse to participate in this charade of “moderated” debates anymore, unless Republicans – not the “Commission on Presidential Debates” -- get to choose two of the moderators. I personally feel that Jim Lehrer did an acceptable job as moderator precisely because he did not insert himself into the debate. But Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley both demonstrated that liberal press personalities (and that’s most of them) are incapable of playing it even-handedly, interrupting and cutting off the conservative candidate more often, tolerating interruptions and bad behavior, affording more time to the liberal candidate, and even (in Candy Crowley’s case), “fact-checking” in the middle of the debate – with incorrect “facts”! (Yes, she admitted she was wrong after the fact – thanks, Candy – to paraphrase President Obama, “Can you say that a little louder, and in front of a national viewing audience of 50 million people?”) Going forward, the RNC should insist that we get two liberal moderators from the press, and two mediaconservatives, of the RNC’s choosing. Imagine how differently things could go if the debate were being moderated by Victor Davis Hanson of National Review, or Fred Barnes from The Weekly Standard. It is absurd that conservative politicians have to keep up the happy dance as liberal moderators fire bullets at their feet, while we all pretend they’ll be unbiased next time. Enough.
4. George Bush isn’t running.
Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.