So tonight's "debate" rules are as follows (h/t to Mock, Paper, Scissors for the link)--let's dissect as we go:
The questions will be culled from a group of 100 to 150 uncommitted likely voters in the audience and another one-third to come via the Internet. Brokaw selects which questions to ask from written queries submitted prior to the debate.Now THIS is exciting! Assuming the "1 in 10" stat holds true (that means 10% of the population is gay), there will be at least 10-15 questions coming from gay/lesbian people! Sweet! I know I've got plenty of questions to ask BOTH candidates!
The Gallup Organization makes sure the questioners reflect the demographic makeup of the nation.See? More support for my happiness! There might even be a hispanic lesbian! This'll be the chance for both candidates to address their views on how we're all the same, all equal under the law and in God's eyes, right?
An audience member isn’t allowed to switch questions and will not be allowed a follow-up either. His or her microphone will be turned off after the question is read and a camera shot will only be shown of the person asking — not reacting.Well. This is kinda shitty, no? Still--I'm SURE there will be equal representation for all of our viewpoints! This is a "town hall meeting," after all, right?
The moderator may not ask follow-ups or make comments.As if they're gonna be able to keep Tom I-love-the-sound-of-Brokaw-talking Brokaw quiet? No follow-ups? I read that he had not yet agreed to this stipulation, so we'll see.
McCain and Obama will be provided with director’s chairs, but they’re also allowed to stand. They can’t roam past their “designated area” marked on the stage and are not supposed to ask each other direct questions.I love that they mention the KIND of chairs--"director's chairs," get it? 'Cuz they're both IN CHARGE! *wink* I'm sure McSurly will have no trouble obeying the "don't talk to the other guy" rule, as his arrogance didn't allow him to even look at Obama during the first debate. But I hope Obama breaks this rule and speaks directly to McFossil. If he plays his cards right, McOld might just get pissed, and we just might get one of those meltdown "FUCKYOUIKNOWMOREABOUTTHISTHANANYONEELSEINTHISROOM!" moments I'm sooooo hoping for!
So those are the rules. Are you gonna watch?