Judging by the questions that have been asked during the two presidential and one vice-presidential debates, one might have the impression that all Americans care about are the economy and Iraq. Granting the legitimacy of concerns about both, John J. Pitney Jr. runs through a list of topics thus far absent from discussion.
Not that I put a lot of stock in presidential debates these days (where the emphasis seems to rely chiefly on looking good and scoring some cheap sound-byte zingers against your opponent — “say it ain’t so, Joe! — to be replayed ad nauseaum on tomorrow’s television, with victory pronounced by both sides depending on whether your CNN or Fox News) but I agree with Adelman that “viewers might learn more about the candidates if they had to discuss other matters, especially those that have dared not speak their names.”
On a comical note: