Seventeen candidates, an hour and a half for debate, a two minute opening statement, a two minute closing statement and well, about 1 and a half minutes each for debate. What exactly will we learn tonight, when the candidates for Podunk city council gather on the stage at the PAC.
If the program holds to Wednesday night's format of an hour and a half for debate, then we may not even get to the panel questions before the lights go out and channel ten returns to the big blue crawler.
It should be interesting to see how such a large gathering of candidates are herded into some semblance of constructive debate. The potential for a free for all of noise, with little tangible information is certainly there. Each candidate probably has his or her own personal issue that they wish to promote, whether they are the same issues that podunkians are interested in remains to be seen.
More than likely the council session will go much longer than the mayoralty debate, at least if we hope to learn more about each candidate than what we've read in their classified ads in the back pages of the Daily News. But the danger with a lengthy drawn out session, is that it will drag on to the point of tedium, leaving podunkians glazed eyed and yawning. The hardest job in the PAC on this debate night will be that of the moderator, who tries to keep each participant on message and on time.
Thursday night is a tough night on TV, what with such huge hits as Survivor Guatemala going up against our Super seventeen. Perhaps they could combine these two pieces of must see TV, give our seventeen candidates a few simple things to do to survive and then vote a few of them off the ballot before we get to election day.
If things go past 9:00 then the moderator could simply turn the proceedings over to Donald Trump, he could help with our choices by vetting their positions and terminating some of our would be apprentices before podunkians head for the polls.