These things are wearing me out. And there’s another one tonight!!!
I only Tweeted once during the whole thing:
I’ve decided that what I like least in these debates is the audience cheering and going “Woooo!” The candidates just aren’t that exciting…
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) March 10, 2016
You know what I mean? Last night, it got sounding like one of those reality/talent shows that I could almost tolerate if not for the constant shrieking of the crowd. Those audiences exercise no judgment whatsoever. They scream at exactly the same volume and pitch for every performer. I’ll never understand people like that, or how other people can listen to them.
At least the howling last night was variable. Apparently it was the fans of Hillary and Bernie cheering whatever was said.
I like debates with rules against applause. Actually, I wouldn’t mind applause if it were impartial — if the audience cheered only when either candidate said something really good. But you know that the level of hollering is purely a matter of who managed to pack the room with more of his or her own followers. Which means that it’s just meaningless noise.
Aside from that, there were only two parts of the debate I liked, both from Hillary:
- When she admitted that she is lacking in political gifts, especially compared to her husband and President Obama. So true, so it’s good that she knows it.
- When she started riffing on Trump’s wall in his terms, going on about how beautiful it would be, etc. I like when pols make jokes that work…
That was about it.