By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
The second Presidential debate will be held at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri at 9PM EST — less than a half-hour from now! — and will run 90 minutes with no commercial interruptions. Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Anderson Cooper of CNN will moderate. Here are some viewing options. The debate is in Town Hall format:
According to the Commission of Presidential Debates, the questions will be split between the moderators and audience participants. The candidates will have two minutes to respond, followed by an additional minute should the moderator want further discussion. The audience participants will be “uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization,” according to the commission.
And here’s a link to the Democracy Now feed, featuring real-time responses by Jill Stein and (possibly) Gary Johnson, erased by the Commission, which really ought to be abolished, and the debates returned to unscummy League of Women Voters, who once ran them.
In case you can’t bear to watch, but want to hang out in the comments section, here’s an excerpt from Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s “The Way Things Go” to entertain you.
“Things catch on fire; the center cannot hold…”
All I can do is hope that the town hall audience rises to the occasion; they often do. Since the debate is in St Louis, it would be nice if there was at least one question about Ferguson, where both parties have much to answer for.
Assuming the debate continues along the lines of the last few days (and the press is recommending that small children be shielded):
When Clinton is speaking: A useful article about Clinton’s penchant for oppo* (and you have to wonder how a woman so focused on the footnotes of ginormous briefing books could answer “Like with a cloth or something?” when asked whether she wiped her server before handing it over to the FBI); and a promise that the Access Hollywood/Billy Bush hot mike tape was just the beginning:
— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) October 8, 2016
Of course, the possibility exists that Trump, in the best traditions of kayfabe, could turn himself from a heel to a face with a humanizing moment; and likewise Clinton, who has so far stayed silent on Trump’s hot mike tape, could, in her own way, be moving (these stories certainly are).
Please add your comments as the debate proceeds!
* If anybody’s ever read Joe Klein’s roman a clef, Primary Colors, that really rings true.