The Debates Are On?

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have agreed to two in-person debates. The first will be on CNN on June 27, the second on ABC on September 10.

The link goes to CNN, which says there will be no studio audience. The rules that Trump and Biden have agreed to will exclude all minor-party candidates, with the possible exception of Robert Kennedy, although as I read the report, his chances of inclusion are not good.

CNN has said nothing about moderators or specific format. CNN and ABC are both friendly territory for Biden and unfriendly for Trump, but that depends mostly on how the debates are moderated.

I confess to being surprised that Biden has agreed to participate. His handlers must think that with a few days rest, and with no audience to boo him, Biden can muddle through with performances that won’t kill his campaign. I suppose they calculated that it would be worse, politically, to allow Trump to say that Biden is afraid to debate because he is senile.

Finally, I take it this means that the Commission on Presidential Debates has, at last, been put out of its misery.

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