Up until fairly recently, there was quite a bit of uncertainty about whether or not Donald Trump would agree to debate Hillary Clinton at all. Evidently, there's been considerable progress on this front: the Commission on Presidential Debates this morning announced the hosts and moderators of the upcoming events.
First Presidential Debate:
Monday, September 26, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News
Vice Presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 4, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBSN Anchor and CBS News Correspondent
Second Presidential Debate:
Sunday, October 9, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Moderator:s Martha Raddatz, ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, and Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN
Third Presidential Debate:
Wednesday, October 19, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday
Keep in mind that it was only a few weeks ago that Trump raised the prospect of skipping these showdowns, and vowed to raise a series of "demands." The bluster apparently didn't amount to much: the schedule is unchanged from the previously announced dates.
If Team Trump intended to use the moderator-selection process as an excuse to bow out, that opportunity has come and gone.
And that means we can now officially begin the next phase in the process: the quadrennial Expectations Game.