Absolutely and very happily did not watch the Obama - Clinton debate Wednesday night because this campaign largely has been one of trivia and silly gotcha moments. It was worse than feared -- the JS reported Thursday morning that one of the burning issues discussed was -- really, really, honest-to-gosh-can-you-believe-it -- flag lapel pins.
A moment of despair: a debate between potential leaders of the free world is about lapel pins? Oh, my. We are in trouble indeed.
Then, blessed relief. Tom Shales wrote a reassuring, blistering review in the Washington Post.
When Barack Obama met Hillary Clinton for another televised Democratic candidates' debate last night, it was more than a step forward in the 2008 presidential election. It was another step downward for network news -- in particular ABC News, which hosted the debate from Philadelphia and whose usually dependable anchors, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, turned in shoddy, despicable performances.
Sanity still prevails in some quarters.