I know — the risk of boring people is very real. I share your fear of boring debates. But issues like climate change, immigration, and economic inequality are so very important, I think it would be better to address them. The risk of voters being bored notwithstanding.

Maybe, just maybe, especially in these very early debates, the democrats could tread lightly on some real issues. Not for the real election. Then, they can do all show biz and sensationalism, sure. Or maybe even later in the primary process, once most of the nation is watching.

And maybe I’m an idealist. But I still think democracy can work. I have lingering faith in the idea that candidates can discuss the issues for real. And I certainly don’t think it’s fair for the moderators of the debate to force candidates into Reality TV level conflicts.

But you may be right. We may need to do it like American Idol, and then hope the most sensationalist candidate who creates the most compelling TV happens also to be a great leader. So far, though, that has led to a Donald Trump presidency. Of course, if that’s what you’re thinking is best, then yeah — steady as she goes.

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