Tonight, is the second of the three Presidential debates.
It’s a town-hall debate.
I don’t like town-hall debates.
They’re just further evidence of the Opra-ization of America.
I could go on a rant.
But I’ll spare you.
Since its inception the town-hall debate has provided many memorable moments from President Bush 41 looking at his watch to Al gore strutting too close to George W Bush on stage only to be met with a surprised look, a curt nod and audience laughter.
The concept of a town-hall debate is the questions, supposedly, come from the audience. Tonight’s debate will be on CNN and hosted by Candy Crowley, who has been warned to follow the rules agreed to for this debate, not a good sign. The questions from the approximately 80 “undecided’ voters will be submitted to Ms. Crowley and she will decide who gets called on. The same person who refered to the Romney-Ryan ticket as “the death wish” ticket will select the questions. Bad sign number two.
Finally for bad sign number three, Michelle Malkin reminds us of the incompetence of CNN in vetting their so-called undecided voters at the last town-hall debate they hosted:
* A young woman named “Journey” questioned the candidates on abortion. On her blog (easily accessed from her YouTube channel), she declares herself a John Edwards supporter. Post debate, she immediately posted a video wearing . . . her John Edwards ’08 T-shirt.
* David Cercone of Florida asked a question seemingly on behalf of the Log Cabin Republicans. He had declared his support for Obama on an Obama ’08 campaign blog back in July.
* Concerned mother LeeAnn Anderson asked about lead in toys with her two children in her lap. She is actually a staffer and prominent Pittsburgh union activist for the United Steelworkers – which has endorsed Edwards.
On other questioners, elementary Google searches show that:
* Ted Faturos, who asked about ethanol subsidies, had served as an intern for Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).
* Adam Florzak, who asked about Social Security, quit his job as a welder and is working with Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) staff on the issue.
* Mark Strauss, who urged Ron Paul to run as an independent, had publicly supported Gov. Bill Richardson in July.
It’s going to be very interesting tonight to see how this plays out. After his dominance in the last debate and the obvious bias of the news media, I can’t help feeling as if Governor Romney is walking into an ambush tonight. If this were a movie, I would be screaming at the screen: “Don’t go in there!”
Of course, this isn’t a movie. It’s reality TV.
Lord give me strength.