Jeff, that graphic came from CNN.com.
ps. Who's Senator Thank You?
The thing I remember most was the fact that every single time a candidate was just about to get to the meat of their point, they'd get interrupted by an almost mechanical sounding "Senator, thank you"
, or "Thank you, Senator"
, or "Secretary"
or whatever their title was...thus "Senator Thankyou" almost got more airtime than any of the candidates.
It was an overly long flurry of competing impotent "GOTCHA!" sound bites all designed to work as distraction from even the foggiest notion that we are dealing in complex issues which require careful, well thought out answers and a great deal of cooperation.
The Democratic Party thinks it had something to do with the layout of this debate but in reality, it had nothing to do with the layout of the debate.
CNN is claiming responsibility for the layout of this turd, but they weren't as involved as they think they were.
Nope, TWITTER and the TWITTER mindset and attention span is what is responsible for the layout of this debate.
There wasn't even a need to broadcast it on TV at all, when the best format would have been for it to be a live text stream on social media, with a tiny live video window where you could see and hear them if you wanted to. But mostly, we listened to a series of live action enhanced Twitter textfarts.
The Republican Party claims they had nothing to do with the layout of the debate, but whether they know it or not, they did...even if they didn't intend to.
Everything about this most recent debate was designed and laid out in homage to Donald Trump's favorite medium.
I'm not aiming this at the Trumpers, or even the Republicans.
This is leveled at you, you Democrats, you lefties, you liberals, you folks on the center-left side of the fence, you mavens of the DNC apparatus.
No more clown cars, please.
No more ambushes.
No more gotchas.
This madness must stop.