Back in 2008, I wrote a column in which I promised my readers
that "I have watched my last presidential debate."
I went on: "I am sick to death of well-coiffed cable TV news
anchors asking vapid questions designed to generate heat, not
light. I am sick to death of presidential wannabees filibustering
questions they choose to avoid by delivering slogans, not
And finally, "I am sick to death of the faux choice presented to
voters: Change versus Experience. Could someone out there
please tell me exactly what that's supposed to mean?"
No, don't bother. It means nothing. It's an apple and an orange.
Well. I didn't do such a great job of keeping my resolution -- I
sneaked some very long peeks at this year's Republican
Presidential "debates." I saw (more than) enough to know that if
any debates could be demonstrably worse than the 2008
Republican models, I was seeing them now.