The value of the live blog is still to be determined. Until then, the most important thing to remember is that the format is ultimately about characterization. Instead of lining up an overachiever’s agenda—employ zingers, read everyone else’s live blogs, fact-check, and try to predict the next day’s headlines—maybe we should keep it simple: set a bar for the candidates and see if they reach it.

Jane Kim is a writer in New York.