Just shy of a decade has elapsed since I last judged a round at a sanctioned debate tournament. Having competed in both parliamentary and policy debate formats at the high school and collegiate level, I obtained a sample ballot for a parliamentary debate (my preferred format) round for yesterday’s main event: the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
My intention was that it would provide me with a sensible framework within which to render an objective decision regarding the event’s winner. Alas, this would’ve been an unnecessary relic of civility had this been a true round of debate. Unfortunately