It’s finally happened. We literally can’t be in the same room anymore. Owing to the shambolic incompetence of the “nonpartisan” debate commission whose panicked and knee-jerk reaction to make the debate that was to happen Thursday night virtual, we will have no debate at all.
Setting aside the fact that President Donald Trump is now recovered from COVID-19 and there is no reason the in-person debate couldn’t happen, the result will now be dueling town halls. One for Trump, one for Joe Biden, with the former on NBC, the later on ABC, and they will happen at the same time.
So much of this election has been about form, rather than ideas or even the personalities of the candidates, both of whom are well known to the American people. Think back to conventions, with the Democrats’ ultra-virtual production, ever mindful of the presence of the Chinese virus. The Republicans held a much more live event, defiant of the virus,