Live blogging: I'm just hired help here

Tom Brokaw's outburst was the most exciting part of the foreign policy discussion during tonight's debate, at least once Iraq was left behind.

Published October 8, 2008 2:33AM (EDT)

Poor, poor Tom Brokaw. He sounded very hurt when the candidates asked to break the rules of tonight's debate -- but hey, let's face it, he really is just the hired help here.

The rest of the foreign policy discussion, however, was fairly uneventful. Other than a good shot Barack Obama got in at John McCain's "Bomb Iran" song, neither candidate really did much to help themselves or hurt their opponent, and the debate followed largely familiar ground. This is also, it should be noted, an area that just doesn't matter much to voters anymore, at least not compared to the economy.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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