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College Hosts Presidential Debate

October 21, 2012

So what does it take for a college to host a presidential debate?

“Is the humidity in the hall just right? Are there enough hotel rooms nearby to hold the hordes of campaign staffers and journalists? Will the candidates’ dressing rooms be big enough?”

Sounds like The Highest Frontier to me. And as usual, the race comes down to a horse race (after the well-behind challenger supposedly “won” the first debate). The media have exactly the kind of election they want: one that turns on which candidate shows more sweat on the brow, in a too-humid hall, or spits out a meme-able phrase to feed Facebook.

Nevertheless, I admire Lynn University for pulling it off. By contrast, at Kenyon this year, the all-student dis list was declared off limits for partisan debate, citing tax status as the lame excuse. Meanwhile we herd students to the polls — “Go vote!” while pretending we don’t care who or what they vote for.

What does the election look like in your neighborhood?

  1. October 21, 2012 3:24 pm

    In my neighborhood? Republican signs in every yard. Infuriating.

  2. October 21, 2012 5:08 pm

    It’s a little frustrating to be in a state whose voters usually vote my way. I can’t help but think my Democrat vote would do more good in Florida or Ohio..

  3. paws4thot permalink
    October 23, 2012 6:34 am

    Well, from here in the UK, it looks a lot like the POTUS won the second debate because, unlike in the first one, he was able to prepare for the drifting of Romney’s campaign raft.

  4. Heteromeles permalink
    October 24, 2012 9:27 pm

    All I hope is that, with this massive influx of cash into the various television networks, I do hope they have better programming next season. Otherwise, it’s a great excuse to do things other than watch TV.

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