Tonight at Tulane


Tulane University is sponsoring a student-planned forum where all New Orleans mayoral candidates will debate the biggest issues facing our city in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 6 primaries. The debate will be moderated by New Orleans journalist Clancy DuBos, who is a political columnist for "Gambit Weekly" and the on-air political commentator for WDSU-TV (NBC). Join us in McAlister Auditorium and get to know the candidates in what promises to be one of the most influential races in our city's history. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

While I'm glad DuBos is moderating (he seems to keep abreast of local politicking), it's a little sad that all of the questions were pre-selected by the Political Science department:

Dubos will ask the candidates a series of questions that have been pre-selected by students and professors from the Department of Political Science at Tulane. No audience questions will be accepted.  

Half of the fun of candidate debates is the spontaneous interaction with the crowd and what it considers important. Even if there are silly or less salient questions thrown in.