The Two Minute Rule

I no longer have a dog in this fight. I’ve already voted and I voted Green. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to tomorrow’s debates, and I hope that the winner is the new format.
There are two things they are doing differently. They are dividing the debate into four sections, each one covering an issue. I hope the environment is one of those issues, but I’m not holding my breath. Anyway, I think it’s a good idea because it gives focus, and it probably would be a good idea during the primary debates, in future.
The most significant change, though, is that each mike (no, I’m not spelling it mic, sue me) will be muted after two minutes. So, in a 90 minute debate, take away 15 or 20 minutes for introductions and opening statements, and assuming the moderators keep their questions under a minute or so, you will have several questions, and several answers. That’s good for the voters, in case there are any who haven’t made up their mind. And the answers will be clear and audible.
It could go either way. It could hurt Trump, because he does not know when to stop talking, and will keep on mouthing words silently and looking stupid. He may eventually grow frustrated with the format and start screaming or, even, storm off the stage, as he has been known to do.
On the other hand, it could hurt Biden, because if he has to speak, uninterrupted, for multiple two minute segments, there is a good chance that he will lose the thread, forget what state he’s in, what year it is, who he is married to, or how to speak English.
But, I think the rule will prove itself. I’m looking forward to that.

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