Originally Posted by alnorth
Lehrer was pathetic.
The ONLY reason to like Lehrer is fond memories that Romney kicked Obama's ass while Lehrer rambled on unnoticed, THATS IT. Lehrer was freaking irrelevant as a moderator, liking him is similar to having fond memories of the breakfast you ate that morning as a Romney supporter because Lehrer was utterly irrelevant in the debate.
The only thing Lehrer did, was basically say "ok, on your mark, get set.... go" then nothing. Utterly, completely nothing for 90 full minutes. Lehrer was utterly, pathetically, sadly, WORTHLESS.
Lehrer completely failed as a moderator in that he allowed both candidates to give bland no-detail no-substance speeches that were meant to be everything to everyone. If you were a low-information voter with little interest in politics I guess it might have been interesting, but for anyone who actually pays attention to debates that first debate was a total abortion.
Except that I would wager I have as much if not more debate experience than anyone on this board and you are just plain wrong.
What you are basically saying is that you liked the replacement refs. You like it when the game is decided by a third party and not the people involved. You don't like it when the "referee" stays out of the way as much as possible and let's the players play. I'm sure that is fine in WWE or other fake entertainment sports, but in politics just like in the NFL, it is a distraction.
Lehrer maintained control, kept things on topic and WAS NEARLY INVISIBLE... which is what a moderator SHOULD BE.
I get it.. you want the ref to rip off his shirt and throw a chair in the ring.. that's fine...that's fun and entertaining, but it's not constructive.