Chicago Talks interviewed me about last night's Presidential Debate:
“The first question was a twenty-year-old college kid asking both candidates ‘Hey, I’m about to graduate and people are worried I won’t get a job after college. What do I do?’ and both of them launch into talking points, neither of which answer the question. So I kind of just walked out.”Yes, I did walk out of the debate a minute in out of frustration over injecting campaign trail sound bites into answers to direct questions. Don't worry, I'm well aware of how naive I sound here.
Pretchel[sic] did eventually return to view the rest of the debate, but said he was initially disappointed that both candidates were trying to pass off memorized talking points as answers.
At the same time, if we're going to talk seriously about the future of the United States and its place in the world, we need the two most powerful politicians in the country to speak out in more than just canned talking points and planned zingers - Commission on Presidential Debates be dammed.
Overall, I felt the rest of the debate was engaging as political theater, if not always substance. Kudos to Candy Crowley for calling out candidates where she saw fit - even if she did have to help Obama explain his Libya stance for him.
Speaking of Libya, the foreign policy debate is next Monday. Given the immediate rise-and-fall of Big Bird and "binders full of women" jokes after the past debates, I shutter to think what ad-libbed Romney quip will end up being next week's insta-meme instead of any number of serious geopolitical issues.
I will be out of town and likely away from a computer, but I'll try to sneak some commentary in here where I can.