Oct. 3, 2012
Jim Lehrer tried, but he just wasn’t up to the task. He couldn’t keep the debaters’ words within the proposed parameters of the debate.
President Obama rambled on and couldn’t tell time;interrupted and wouldn’t stay on topic. The 78-year-old Lehrer, seasoned veteran that he is, just couldn’t keep Obama and Romney from bending the rules.
Lehrer won’t be moderating any more debates this year, but if the debate in Denver is any indication, CNN’s Candy Crowley (Oct. 16, Hempstead, N.Y.) and CBS’s(Oct. 22, Boca Raton, Fla.) will have their hands full later this month.
The debate structure will be different in New York, with a town hall format, so Crowley may have enough backup from the audience itself. But the 75-year-old Schieffer, as experienced as he is, may not be able to do much better than Lehrer at maintaining order at the final debate in Florida. That debate in Florida will be in the same format as Wednesday’s debate. If the first debate taught us anything, it taught us that an “enforcer” will have to be on stage with Obama and Romney to make sure they both play by the rules in future debates.
Who should it be? The Punditty Project has some ideas. Feel free to agree, disagree or add your own suggestions in the comments section.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Although the actor turned-governor-turned actor was a Republican, he’s big enough to intimidate both Romney and Obama, at the same time. And he could wear gym clothes instead of a suit, just to show that he means business.
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock – I doubt if Obama would accuse The Rock of interrupting, and I doubt if Romney would try to coax him into changing topics. Widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Rock would certainly be in a position to keep both men on time and on track.
Lucy Lawless – Both candidates would be on their best behavior, guaranteed.
Mike Tyson – It’s been a long time since Tyson was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, but he’s still got the intimidation factor going for him. Romney wouldn’t dare try to “drive the debate” with Iron Mike nearby, and Obama wouldn’t think of talking overtime.
Clint Eastwood and an empty chair – What happens when Eastwood motions one of the offending candidates to have a seat? Trust me, no one would want to find out.
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