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I suffered through another Democratic debate last night, this one in South Carolina but with broader appeal to the Super Tuesday states as well. I thought CBS did a poor job of moderating, and the "contestants" made a poor showing for lack of discipline by continually interrupting each other and talking (shouting) at the same time. As one commentator said, it was more like watching a Jerry Springer show. I wouldn't know because I don't watch Jerry Springer either.
It is not real vetting...more like a circular firing squad with Trump on the sidelines fueling the fires while eating popcorn and enjoying the show.
And looking at "who won the debate" articles in the Washington Post, New York Times and Politico, one get's different opinions. I have seen many of the candidates answer questions calmly and intelligently in one-on-one interviews, but put them on the debate stage, and it seems like different personalities emerge.
I don't know that these debates have that much value as a criterion to assess who is presidential. Once elected president, the only other time a president actually debates as when he/she runs for president again. I would rather have a president that is less of a stage actor and more of a knowledgeable deep thinker who takes his/her time to act then "jumping in" to score debate points.
In that regard, I will cast my ballot for Pete Buttigieg this week knowing full well that some of the other stage actors have appealed more to the emotions of the electorate in that venue.