Talking to friend Mary, she said she hated the adversarial nature of the presidential debate. The forum for local candidates that our League of Women Voters set up was structured in such a way that candidates were forced to be civil to each other. They got their opening statements and then answered questions from the audience specifically addressed to them. No direct rebuttals were allowed, and certainly no interrupting each other or the moderator. Being decent human beings, all the candidates abided by the rules. After all, we were the ones who set this up for them and made it possible for them to address their constituents. They didn't need to pay us a cent for it. And they were grateful.
The debate last night was supposed to be that way, too, but Romney took it upon himself to ignore the rules. As Chris Hayes says, Romney thinks the rules are for the little people, not for him, and he tried to steam roll right over the moderator, Candy Crowley; his conservative buddies are still trying to nail her for pointing out just one of Romney's many factual errors, regarding the nomenclature around those murdered embassy employees. But the really big lie he told was that he had always worked in the private sector and had started out in small business. How blatant can you get? All that governor of Massachusetts stuff? Not important. And his small business? That was Bain Capital!
So much going on. It's too bad the Green Party candidates who tried to get into the debate were arrested and detained for eight hours. We are shutting out dissent.
More: Yesterday I went up to Kaiser to get a flu shot, and I heard an old fellow telling his wife that the blacks would riot in the streets if Romney wins this election. White panic! The Field Negro says this will not happen, even though it should! I agree. I think African Americans are way too nice, considering how they get dumped on. More, from Alicublog, about the loonies on the right.