Washington College, by the way, was launched in 1782 and actually had George Washington on its Board of Visitors when founded. Very cool place. Perhaps Washington, a Virginian, helping to establish a school in the rival state of Maryland may have been one of the first truly American acts of that time, at least in education. I wonder if Mitt Romney or Obama will reference the nation's founding fathers or Washington. What would George have done on drones? health care? corn crop subsidies?
I do know that Hopper is going to spice up her "debate watch" much like CNN is going to do.
First on CNN, I have learned through the grapevine that the network will have a split screen of both candidates the entire time of the debate. CNN will run a clock showing how much speaking time each candidate actually gets -- and there will be an ongoing graph at the bottom of the screen showing the 'sentiment' of a group of genuinely undecided voters who will be watching the debate in Sony PlayStation mode.
Hopper has her own deal and sent this to a few special guests she has invited to join her debate-excited students:
We will have the opportunity to engage with the debate in an interactive way -- a group of political scientists have developed an app that will allow students to react to what's happening in real time, by indicating if they agree or disagree with what the candidates are saying, and whether they think candidates are trying to "spin" an issue or "dodge" a question.
These researchers will then make the aggregate data from campuses across the country available to us, so we can see what you and your peers find to be the most (and least) effective moments of the debate.
If you are interested in using the app during the debate, all you need to do is bring your smartphone, laptop, or internet-connected tablet to our debate viewing on Wednesday. [Clemons Note: I am bringing my smartphone -- but not upgraded to OS6]
I have attached here an email with more information for students -- note that participation is entirely voluntary and that your personal information and debate reactions will not be made public, they will merely be added to the overall summary statistics that the researchers compile.
Sounds fun. Only bad part is that I'm in Denver the night before the debates and am planning to team up with National Journal and CNN's Ron Brownstein moderating a pre-debate event in the morning (join us if you are free -- and here). I'll be interviewing Colorado Governor and beer and oil & gas expert John Hickenlooper at 10 a.m. central time (watch live here). And then am flying, training and driving to get to the Eastern Shore of Maryland tomorrow night to do this promised live blogging.
Some other tidbits courtesy of MSNBC's Chuck Todd (@ChuckTodd) who posted this stuff on twitter:
57 minutes ago
As of 5pm ET, the two campaigns and the debate commission had yet to sign the memo of understanding on the rules for tmro night.
47 minutes ago
BTW, here are the loose rules: each candidate will get 2 mins to answer
the initial question at the start of each pod, then open season
46 minutes ago
After the initial limit of 2 mins for opening
answer, up to moderator to decide when a candidate's gone on too long.
BTW, there are 6 pods
Hope someone live blogs Seinfeld. Thanks to Politico for finding a great pairing of Reuters pics of Obama and Romney. More tomorrow.