It usually isn’t very fun to watch political debates, mostly because of how predictable they are. Even in the most informal settings, you have two candidates who are dead set on conveying the message they want to convey — the same one that they’ve been repeating throughout their entire campaigns — no matter what the questions are. And you know that you’re going to spend an hour or two watching two human beings disagree with each other without hearing anything very revealing.
Monday’s debate in Pittsburgh between Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty was more or less predictable in those ways. Of course, compared to the overwhelming sense of dread and impending obscenity that characterized the last presidential debate, watching it felt like enjoying a light conversation over breakfast with friends. Read more »