Thursday’s Presidential Candidates Debate

Because Trump incessantly interrupted Biden and flouted the rules in the first debate, the Debate Commission has decided to shut off each candidate’s microphone for the first two minutes of his opponent’s opening statement during each of the four 15-minute segments of the debate. This will not suffice. The rest of the time will be a repeat of the first debate debacle, with Trump constantly interrupting with false accusations, dark insinuations, feigned righteous indignation, sneers, gesticulations, obfuscations, fabrications, and every other trick in his demagogic playbook. At least the debate will give the viewing public another chance to see him in his all his carnival barking, snake oil-selling, thuggish glory. I’m hopeful that a solid majority of viewers will understand that he is unfit to hold public office.