Friday, December 16, 2005
They don't allow the leaders to interject or ask each other questions. It lets them pre-script their answers based on expected questions. Not learning anything new.
They get to look tough by turning off the microphones, juvenilely putting their arbitrary debate rules ahead of the substance of what might be being said.
I"m guessing that the parties all insisted on having it be such a non-challenging format, and the TV networks who negotiated the debate format just agreed to whatever they wanted, because they're receiving so much business from the political parties for the ad wasteland post-Christmas.