Apparently, Jim Lehrer thinks the best moderator is no moderator at all.
Of course, considering Wednesday night's first presidential debate was the 12th presidential or vice presidential debate Lehrer has moderated since 1988, it's likely that he knew most of his efforts to move the candidates off their talking points were going to fail. Which might be why, fairly quickly in, he seemed to give up.
Source: USA Today. Read full article. (link)