In my article on American Thinker I wrote:
Obama's strategy has been to orient the campaign around his greatest strength and advantage -- who could deliver the best speech -- and away from his greatest weakness -- his poor ability to answer questions about how he would deliver on any of its promises.
Not an earth-breaking-ground-shattering observation, I know. But I reproduce it here to set up the latest in earth-breaking-ground-shattering general election debate discussions between McCain and Obama.
McCain says, let’s do town halls!
Well, that’s not a surprise. McCain wants to steer the debates in the direction of the least scripted, least structured format possible. Get Obama away from the teleprompter and you have a chance at one of his classic gaffes. Confront him with specific questions without time limits and buzzers and you have a chance to expose the vapidity of his platitudes.
Obama says, great idea! In fact, let’s do it like Lincoln-Douglas debates!
Yes, well...the thing about the Lincoln-Douglas debates?
Each debate had this format: one candidate spoke for an hour, then the other candidate spoke for an hour and a half, and then the first candidate was allowed a half hour "rejoinder." The candidates alternated speaking first. As the incumbent, Douglas spoke first in four of the debates.
Well, imagine that. Obama is trying to “orient the [debates] around his greatest strength and advantage – who could deliver the best speech.”