[guest post by Dana]
Tonight’s the big night. The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. We have been informed that Biden has been doing some serious prep work for tonight’s event, while Trump has reportedly been so casual about preparing that he’s done even less of it this time than with the previous debate.
Anyway, here’s how the microphone muting will work:
“Under the agreed upon debate rules, each candidate is to have two minutes of uninterrupted time to make remarks at the beginning of each 15 minute segment of the debate. These remarks are to be followed by a period of open discussion,” the commission said in a statement. “Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule.”
The statement continued: “The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules. For the balance of each segment, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates’ microphones will be open.”
Both microphones will be unmuted after each candidate delivers their two-minute answer.
This will obviously be a problem for both candidates who are frequently afflicted with verbal diarrhea and an inability to Just. Be. Quiet. Trump aggressively talks over Biden in an effort to drown him out, provoke him, and frankly, wear him down. Meanwhile, Biden knows his stuff, but if Joe isn’t hopping mad and rambling, he is confused and rambling on, and on, and on, and oh my God, I’m already nodding off.
The topics for tonight’s debate are:
“Race in America”
Each segment will last about 15 minutes, and the candidates will have two minutes to respond after the moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, opens each segment with a question.
I suppose I should say something about the moderator, but I really don’t know too much about her, and I really can’t gin up any interest. Half of America is convinced she’s top drawer, the other half have condemned her as a biased hack. Previous presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace certainly struggled to stay in control during the previous
debate melee and he has far more experience than does the 44-year old Welker. So good luck there.
And given that both candidates tested negative today, there will be no plexiglass separating them. I guess if tempers flare, and everything goes to hell, there really could be an actual throw-down between these two rich, old white guys because unfortunately, this is where we’re at. America!
President Trump wants you to know he is on his way:
Just left the White House for the Great State of Tennessee! pic.twitter.com/s2ScYMTN9l
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2020
Joe Biden wants you to know this is it:
Folks, the final debate is here. Tune in at 9 PM ET as I go head-to-head with Donald Trump for the last time before Election Day.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 22, 2020
And the inimitable P.J. O’Rourke wants to talk Biden and pixie dust rainbows, and Trump, the toddler-in-chief:
It can only get better, people. Right??