Three Debates Down, Two Weeks To Go
With all three presidential debates in the books, we can fairly ask: what is the role of debates in a modern election? According to the polls, the pundits, and the talk about momentum, the first debate this year was a significant game-changer in favor of Mitt Romney. Why? Was it because President Obama turned in a performance generally regarded as desultory, or was it something else?
I didn’t think the President’s performance during the first debate was as bad as it has been depicted to be. I think, instead, the key point is that people forgot the presidential debates are one of the few political events that are unfiltered. The candidates get a rare opportunity to speak to a national audience, in an unscripted setting, without any yakking by pundits or talking heads. And the national TV audience for the debate, moreover, is interested enough to pick a presidential debate…
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