Had this thought while reading about Newt’s dust-up with a journalist during a debate: Why are all political debates moderated by journalists, and journalists alone? Journalists report and shape “the news”; why does this uniquely qualify them to moderate debates? I can think of much more interesting choices: a team of economists from academia and enterprise; a group of philosophers; representatives from various religious faiths and atheists; the heads of the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce; even the heads of various political parties. Journalists have had more than their chance; time to let people from other walks of life enter the debate.

Help me brainstorm about other points of view that might be invited to moderate political debates.