Newton N. Minow in The New York Times on the legacy of debates The former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission writes that presidential debates are the "one place in the modern campaign—perhaps the only place—where the voter is treated with respect." Unlike the "disappointing primary and caucus debates, where we saw moderators preening for the camera, demanding yes-or-no answers, asking candidates to raise their hands to respond to questions, and forcing candidates to shout to be heard," Minow hopes the single moderator format in the tonight's debate "will provide for focused, extended discussion."
Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on the Zinger candidate Hostess snack "Zingers" is all empty calories. The Romney campaign packed their candidate with one-liner zingers to prepare for the debate, showing that "Mitt Romney is giving [voters] the political equivalent of junk food. His has been the Zinger candidacy — all sugary platitudes, no protein."
Peter Orszag in Bloomberg View on how entitlements skew to the well-off "Since better-educated, higher-income Americans are living longer than everyone else and therefore collecting benefits longer, Medicare and Social Security are becoming less progressive on a lifetime basis," Orszag writes. "The formula used to set people’s annual Social Security benefits should be made more progressive to offset the increasing gap in life expectancy."