Imagine this as a boxing match. I thought of this with the debate Thursday night before the Florida Primary. First Newt has to yell at John King for bringing up the marriages again. Then Mitt throws in his two cents and says “You call yourself a Conservative? You’re an adulterer. ” Newt responds, “I’m the real inheritor of the mantle of the great Ronald Reagan.” Then Newt sticks his tongue out at Mitt and John King.
Then Newt hits John King and the punches begin landing for real, the hall breaks into a brawl, the cops just hit everyone on the head and restore order.
Moral of this story? No more live audiences. It is just the moderator, camera people the candidates, the rest of us watch on TV to keep the peace.