Before the big presidential debate took place, Dish sponsored and aired a Glenn Beck (rightie) vs. Elliot Spitzer (leftie) debate. (I'm a D* customer and had to watch it on the Internet.) I was thoroughly impressed by the production quality and the participants. These 2 guys were well informed, articulate, and intelligent. They were both confident, persuasive, and had a coherent presentation. I of course think one of them is dead wrong on the issues, but I can't help thinking that if even half of our leaders were this poised and intelligent we'd be in a lot better shape. I think Dish pulled off a real programming coup with this one.