Jim Lehrer’s performance as moderator of the first of this year’s Presidential Debates was dismal. He allowed Mitt Romney to run all over him. But how can we blame Lehrer? He’s trying to control both the President of the United States and a bully vulture capitalist while literally sitting at their feet. That can be quite intimidating.
The job of the moderator is to keep the candidates on topic, not be the timekeeper. So why not have an automatic mechanism that shuts off the candidates’ microphone at the end of their allotted time? If the speakers know their remarks are not being broadcast, they’d stop talking immediately.