Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Let 'Em Rumble

Prez debate moderator Jim Lehrer is taking a lot of guff for allowing Romney and Obama to actually debate each other, mostly (but not exclusively) from Obama supporters. Spencerblog believes Lehrer did a bang-up job, getting out of the way and letting the two go at it. Unfortunately for Team Obama, their fighter didn't want to. That's his fault, not Lehrer's.

Lehrer defends himself here.
"The first few times I said 'let's move on' and they wanted to keep talking, the inclination of course is to stop them so I could cover all the subjects I wanted to cover," he said. "But I'm sitting there thinking, 'Wait a minute, they're talking to each other, leave 'em alone.' So I backed off."
He'd get much harsher criticism if he prematurely stopped discussions, he said.
"Not only that, but I would have deserved it," he said.
Spencerblog completely agrees. Now, let's see what the "moderators" in the upcoming debates do. Will they try to make themselves the story. Or will they let the candidates have at each other? We're rooting for the latter.

1 Comments:

Blogger CharlieSix said...

I'm with you: Let the candidates debate instead of having the moderators try to be the main event. To be sure, Ms. Raddatz, Ms. Crowley, and Mr. Schieffer will be under the spotlight. We have to anticipate that if there is once again an Empty Chair, they'll get the same treatment from the left as Mr. Lehrer did. And all three of them surely want to avoid similar commentary by their contemporaries. It will be interesting to keep score not only of the candidates but of the moderators as well.

October 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM 

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