Well, they tried to lipstick the pig, but you know and I know what this means:
Due to the late date of the two parties' nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign. Consequently, we believe that finalizing the arrangements for these debates with promptness and certainty is in the interests of both campaigns and the American people.
It means that they're too scared to face a 72 year old torture survivor who can't even move his arms properly. Which, given the way that CNN was mocking Obama over his drilling flip-flop just now (it's weird, actually watching this stuff), is probably wise of them. People can get so upset when they realize that they've spent 500 million dollars on a primary and only gotten an untrained, inexperienced, and not particularly eloquent sacrificial lamb in return.
PS: I still hold out hopes for a town hall debate or two, though. If 2.6 won't do it, maybe 1.6 will. or .6. Or maybe 2.6 the other way.