Aren’t Blackberries great? Not only can you use them to send and receive e-mail in your business, you can also use them to receive words of encouragement during a political debate. At least that’s what a Florida candidate for U.S. Senate says he was receiving on his Blackberry during a recent political debate.

Whatever he was reading on his Blackberry during the debate, I think those things ought to be banned from events like this. Part of the excitement of a debate is the extemporaneous quality of the candidate’s responses, which is destroyed if they are receiving information on what their positions ought to be.