wasn't supposed to cover the Hofstra debate, or even the protests
outside. But a family emergency recently summoned me back to my
native Long Island, so I broke away for about five hours yesterday to
sample the madness. It felt good to be home; despite all of the
warranted abuse that the Gold Coast gets for harboring guidos, the
place really is a magical bourgeois paradise, and a
phenomenal place to people watch.
Tonight’s debate between Barack
Obama and John McCain is at Hofstra University in my old Long Island
backyard. I’ve noticed that when earlier debates were held in other corners of
some questions were formulated to fit the needs and interests of the local electorate.
Since I know suburban New York
well, I decided to pen some questions that Long Islanders could relate to.