Once again the results of the presidential forum proved to me that the format is dead. I know you’ve heard this before, but I’m just tired of spending so much of my time for such little reward. If we insist on continuing this format with no time to really discuss major issues, and certainly no time to debate, then we ought to admit formally that this is a sound bite contest. Then instead of blogging about what is said, we can be like judges in a ice skating contest, and vote for the best style and content of the sound bites the candidates deliver.
What I really got from this event, that I did not get from its democratic counterpoint, was the development of a sense of community amongst the people watching the event at the LBJ Library. The group was a lot smaller for this one than the previuos one, and that may be the reason. Or, it may be that many of us attended both and so we’re more comfortable with each other. It could also be that the format for the discussion at the LBJ Library was far more informal for this one. Whatever the cause, I walked away from the event feeling good about what had transpired.