The rules for the presidential “debates” have been agreed to, I see. All sorts of details agreed to — except, of course, the details that count. The room temperature, who has control of the thermostat — now that’s important. Also the height and placement of the podium, camera angles, may the candidates use their legs, all sorts of important stuff like that.
No mention of any penalties assessed for failing to answer the question, though. Just once I’d like to see them appoint a referee (or panel of judges) who would award 5 minutes of free face time on national TV to the opponent every time a candidate declined, in the judgement of the referee, to address the question and instead used the time to regurgitate a portion of his standard stump speech. Now that would be a debate worth watching!
It reminds me of the musical Chess. “The board will come from Sweden. Non-aligned wood.”