It was an amazing spectacle. Two men fighting for 90 minutes to stand on the same patch of ground. None of the issues I care about -- escalating drone strikes, rendition, indefinite detainment, Presidential kill lists, warrant-less wire-tapping -- were discussed because both men supported all of the above. Somehow in just 11 years since 9/11, all of these issues seem to be beyond debate. Amazing. I have the third party debate Tivo'd, and I hear these issues got more play. By the way, here I am in my debate gear
PS- I am increasingly coming to the counter-intuitive conclusion that if one cares about ending these abuses of Executive power associated with the never-to-end-because-it-is-so-useful-to-politicians war on terror, then one should be rooting for Romney to win. Not because he will end these practices -- no, I would expect him to enthusiastically embrace them. But because the natural opponents of these practices on the Left will finally start to speak up and oppose them once they are not being practiced by their guy. Right now, these practices are being expanded in a vacuum with almost no push-back.