This "reaction is forbidden" rule in today's debates is going to make "big moments" like what we saw in the Reagan debates, impossible.
It wasn't only the quip or clever words that made them memorable, it was the laughter and/or roar from the crowd.
If the crowd is going to always be silent from now on, then the undecided and low-information voters are going to get bored with the endless drone and tune out.
This debate isn't going to do anything to the polls if it keeps going like this.
<ptp> how many emo kids does it take to change a lightbulb?
<Willy> HOW MANY?!
<ptp> none they just sit in the dark and cry