Advice for the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith heading into tonight’s televised presidential debate

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Hey Adam:

First of all, thank you very much for coming to Michelle and I’s wedding.  We were so happy you could be part of our special day.

Today certainly must be a special day for you, at least professionally.  Moderating a national presidential is no small honor – or small task.  Best of luck to you tonight!

When you’re on stage tonight, or more importantly, on television in front of millions of Americans, I hope you’ll remember a few of the pointers you and I have previously discussed (or at least I have Tweeted to you) about your, um, appearance on the tube. After all, this is NBC News, not Bay News 9.  You’ll be sitting next to Brian Williams, not Al Reuchel.

So, first of all, go easy on the pink.  Let’s be honest, you have a penchant for wearing pink.  No worries, I like wearing pink also.  But I don’t think you should be wearing pink on national television, especially since you are a Ginger.  When you wear a pink shirt, framed by that red hair, your face looks too flush, as if you had one too many cocktails.

Speaking of your hair, please, please run a comb through it.  Or let NBC’s hair and make-up crew handle it.  Often, when you are on Bay News 9’s Political Connections, you tend to look like you combed your hair with buttered toast.

Now, about your wardrobe…

Again, let me be honest: you occasionally wear jackets and ties which moray on a television screen.  Do us both a favor tonight (remember, I am rooting for you), and stick to the classics, blue blazer, white or blue shirt, stripped tie.  It’s better to look like you stepped out of Brooks Brothers than a Boston community college.

Finally, a note about your delivery.  Watching your appearance on Political Connections, I notice that when you get wound up about an issue, you literally wind up your head.  Now, you’re not going to change your delivery minutes before you go on the air, just don’t get so excited.

P.S. If you need Michelle to help you with your make-up, feel free to give her a call.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.