Why the Debate Was Boring

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Oct 07, 2008 11:34 PM
Yep, I said it. B-O-R-I-N-G.

Why? I attribute it to this stupid rule about "no follow up" questions from the moderators. Jim Lehrer barely did it, Gwen Ifill didn't and neither did Tom Brokaw.

I understand this was part of the pre-agreed upon rules, but if there are no follow-up questions WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING A JOURNALIST ON STAGE? Why not ask the candidates to answer predetermined essay questions and replay their stump speeches?  That's basically all we're getting anyway. Gah.

We could basically assign a robot named JimGwenTom to spit out randomly generated questions from the Internet. And that would probably be more productive.

Bless his soul, where is Tim Russert when you need him?

To this date, the Saddleback Forum was the best of the McCain-Obama faceoffs. It's a credit to Rick Warren, but should be an embarrassment to the media establishment running these debates.

Update
: Someone just pointed out to me Drudge's main headline is "BORING." I swear I didn't see it. The feeling is universal.