As an octogenarian survivor of the media game, I am saddened to note that Jim Lehrer’s ego has apparently gotten in the way of his crediting the old maxim, “get out while you’re ahead of the game”; an aphorism as true in the game of life as it is in poker.
While he clearly retains his cognitive mojo, cognition is only part of the skill set required to moderate a Presidential debate. The framing of his questions, his body language, and his inability to robustly police the traffic flow last night exemplified an aging performer who just won’t get off the stage.
Sorry, Jim, but it’s time for some tough love. You’ve had a lengthy and distinguished career, but you just can’t fly as close to the sun at age 78 as you did in your prime. Not on camera, anyway.
Time to unplug your mike, oil up your spinning reel, and take up blogging like the rest of us.