COMMENT:

While a few critics are beginning to question the present preliminary process for choosing the Democratic nominee for US president, others remain sanguine, arguing that the current debate process is a "useful device as candidates' flaws, stamina, political nimbleness, and resilience are tested. The effectiveness of policies and messages gets tested. The strategic thrust of the overall party is tested." (Editorial, Chronicle, September 17.)

Would, if that were true. In fact, it is the opposite which is both the goal and the means of this extended TV series. I accept the editorialist's operational term "tested" because of its resonance

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