The notion of petitioning the Commission on Presidential Debates took off earlier this year, when three teenage girls from New Jersey launched a campaign http://www.change.org/debate to push the commission to select a female journalist to moderate. The three said they were shocked to discover there hadn't been a female moderator for the presidential debate in two decades, ever since Carole Simpson posed the questions in 1992. In eight weeks, the petition racked up more than 120,000 signatures. The commission won't say whether that made a difference, but CNN's Candy Crowley was chosen to handle the second presidential debate, and ABC's Martha Raddatz will ask the questions in the only vice presidential debate.
The first face-off, tonight, falls to PBS's Jim Lehrer, who has 11 presidential debates under his belt. CBS's Bob Schieffer handles the final debate on Oct. 22.
Change.org has been awash in election petitions. There are petitions asking the moderators to ask questions on everything from climate change to Sudan to paid sick leave. There's even one petition calling on President Obama to hug Mitt Romney after every debate. That's about as likely as Judge Judy showing up with her white lace collar.