Attention candidates: I realize that Indiana voters are not among your current concerns, but I want to inform you of the results of the "Women Waiting To Purchase Coffee" focus group, which met for the first time this evening in line at Starbucks. Complete stangers, members of three different generations, we agreed on two points.
1) We would like you to dress up. The president has many important intellectual responsibilities, but also an important role on the front pages of international newspapers. The three of us remember thinking that the 2000 candidates and Mr. Lehrer needed a bit more polish. Both candiates have made all sorts of photo ops looking casual and "man on the stree;t" we want to know how you'll appear when at your best, whatever the stress level.
2) We're not interested in listening to the two of you say bad things about each other; this is why you have Cheney and Edwards around. Accentuate the positive: what will you do, what do you want to do, what do you hope to do, and how do you plan to do these things?
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