Rule #1: take 40 seconds to ask a question, but limit responses to 30 seconds.

Rule #2: ask repeatedly about “gun confiscation,” even though it isn’t — and never was — a real thing.

Rule #3: ask inside-the-beltway questions that don’t affect how people vote.

Rule #4: ask impossible-to-answer questions, like what a Democratic president would do about Mitch McConnell’s power as Senate Majority Leader.

Rule #5: instead of letting candidates confront each other over the issues, cut them off and make sure they only pay attention to you.

Rule #6: spend as little time as possible on climate change, despite half the candidates saying it’s the most dangerous issue America currently faces.