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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Second debate -- a draw. Boring. I was leafing through Charles Tyrwhitt and Brooks Brothers catalogues while listening for gaffes, or indeed, anything other than undeserved compliments for each questioner followed by a lego-house of familiar talking-points.

Do presidential "debates" serve a purpose anymore? Maybe we should just have vice-presidential debates and then give presidential candidate ninety minutes of free commercials, with commentary afterwards by the people who rate the commercials after the Super Bowl. I'll bet American campaign know-how would prove better at making Super-Bowl-caliber commercials than at putting wind-up candidates on a stage.

OTOH -- Obama's recent lead is shrinking. And Leno actually did an Obama joke: "The town-hall format is John McCain’s favorite, as opposed to Barack Obama’s favorite way — Sermon on the Mount."

Letterman's Top Ten Signs You're Watching a Bad Presidential Debate:

10. It's a town hall debate, but the town is in a mountainous region of Pakistan
9. Tom Brokaw leaves early to catch 9:15 showing of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"
8. Topics fall into the categories "Domestic policy," "Foreign policy," and "Burt Reynolds Films of the '70s"
7. Keep arguing about who has more friends on Facebook
6. Candidate says, "Why you hatin'?" Other responds, "Why you buggin'?"
5. It's covered by CBS, NBC, ABC, and the Howard 100 News team
4. Candidates ignore questions and gossip about which Senate pages are sluts
3. The yodeling competition
2. Disproportionate amount of questions about "The Hills"
1. It's 90 minutes of folksy phrases and winking

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