Hewitt: Why the Wednesday Night Debate Matters So Much

This is a football-mad country … and thank the stars it is.

There are bridges across the partisan divide, and they are often painted in team colors.

The arrival of tailgating and of fall temps will also drop the temps of the campaign rhetoric, which, truth be told, hit boiling far earlier than any campaign I’ve ever reported on or participated in.

That’s good news actually, as too much politics can cause a country to overdose. Better some interval training in August and September followed by the marathon that begins in earnest after the Christmas revels.

Which is why the Wednesday night debate may matter so much. It may well be the last time that many voters genuinely check in for the next three months, the months of collective fun in our country’s annual rhythm.

Wednesday night’s impressions will linger. The candidates need to use their moments on camera to create a story that will endure through the distractions of fall. I am happy to have a seat at the table setting up some of those impressions.

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