We won't see the kind of substantive debate that George Will proposes. The
norm for which politicians shape their messages is one that is most readily
grasped by a TV audience more attuned to entertainment programming. For better
or worse, that's just how it is.
So here's how it will play out. If Romney can keep from sticking his foot
in his mouth and not say anything too embarassing and provide some evidence to
support his debate points, if he can not appear too wooden and avoid the
presentation style he had developed over the years, if he can deliver his gotcha
comments in the best Newt Gingrich style without himself having a Rick Perry
Moment, then Republicans will be happy. Of course, whatever his says, his base
will love him if he remains true to his promise to remain "strictly
conservative."Obama, on the other hand, needs to channel Bill
Clinton, develop and expand upon new ideas, and explain for the umpteenth time
the challenges we as a nation face and contrast his plan to the non-plan that
Romney appears to emphasize in this election cycle. Being a turnip is not
enough reason to select him over the current administration, although
Republicans want people to buy a pig in a poke and wish that tomorrow will be
better. Romney just wants people to take in on faith that he will
make American better. Maybe he'll have a good smile, too.
How I wish/hope these questions will be asked......and answered.