Have Obama and Romney been given advance notice of presidential debate “questions” so there can be no possibility of an unrehearsed or spontaneous moment? Check!
Have the questions been freshly scrubbed so as to remove any possibility of an overtly hostile question? Double check!
Will pundits and journalists make faux ponderous statements about the horse race and ignore discussion of substantive issues? You betcha!
Will the news channels pretend to discuss the debate by having meaningless interviews with a Democrat and a Republican who will cheerlead their side and attack the other? Now we’re talking journalism!
After all, in a time of deep crisis in this country, when the two sides are barely speaking, the economy is limping along, and laws aren’t enforced against those in high places, it really is of upmost importance if Obama’s slip of the tongue hurt his chances with left-handed soccer moms living in the Rust Belt.