Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Background on Tonight's Debate

Advisory: Be sure to have plenty of popcorn and alcohol on hand. It's the only way to get through these things. And keep in mind what H.L. Mencken observed: "Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."

Topic: Domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.
The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.


  1. Out of each 15 minute segment that's: 2 min for Romney, 2 minutes for the Pres. and eleven minutes for Jim to direct followups to the Pres.

    We're likely to see four minutes out of every 15 given to Romney

    1. That's a much better ratio than he (and his team)gave Ron Paul.

    2. I picked a perfect night to be drunk and at 35,000 feet.
      Uh Oh, JetBlue has those damned T.V.s!!!
      Oh well, just turn off the T.V. and sleep...

    3. One can hope!

  2. I'd need to be paid four figures to watch this thing. One warmongering keynesian debating another? No thanks.


  4. Is "Governor" a title that's held for life, or is it another recent bullshit convention to address them that way forever? It really irritates me when I hear these titles used long after the leech has left "office."

  5. Darn it Bob, you gotta stop dissing monkeys that way...

  6. @Anon 9:19 - I think it is fitting that the thieves are marked as such for life. Would be even better if the marking involved some hot irons.