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A moderator who will control the crowd


Jim Lehrer, host of PBS’s “NewsHour” and tonight’s presidential debate moderator, made that clear to me in a conversation a week ago. And his past performances as a debate moderator bear that out. Expect Lehrer to handle the audience respectfully but firmly. That goes for both Obama and Romney supporters.

Cross Lehrer, and they’ll be sorry.

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007.

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