WASHINGTON--This Democratic debate is called the All-American Presidential Forum moderated by Tavis Smiley. This event is at Howard University, a traditional black institution and co-sponsored by PBS.
Radio host Tom Joyner just introduced Smiley. Joyner plugged Smiley's book, Covenant with Black America. Right now Smiley is pitching his book. So far its nine minutes into the so-called debate and none of the eight Democrats have said a word. Haven't even seen them on the stage.
Now Smiley just introduced Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. It's eleven minutes in and....finally the candidates are coming on stage, introduced by Patrick. Now they are posing for pictures. It's 12 minutes eaten up.....and they are still not behind the podiums.