Now the fun part starts -- at least for those of us in the audience. We're into the quadrennial round of presidential debates. The time when we all get to gather around our television sets and see the two gladiators who would be our next president go one on one dealing with the issues. But wait a minute. It's also the time when commentators come forward to tell us that the outcomes of these debates are likely to turn more on the appearance of the candidates than it does on any serious intellectual clash over policies or proposals. There's something uplifting about saying we should all be focused on the "issues" and not the "personalities." But is that right?