Some Observations on US Political Debates

Romney versus Obama, Wednesday, 03 October 2012

“The second topic, which is you said you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas. Look, I’ve been in business for 25 years. (Unlike you who have no real work experience.) I have no idea what you’re talking about. (And neither do you, I would add.)”—Governor Romney (Subtext added.)

The President, who was so arrogant as to assume he need not prepare properly for this debate was unpleasantly surprised.

Ryan versus Biden, Thursday, 11 October 2012

A win for Ryan was unacceptable to the Democrats; there was too much downside following the poor performance of the President the prior week. Vice President Joe Biden, either acting independently or with the counsel of Democratic strategists, staged a bizarre performance that simply rendered the debate useless. It was an ugly mockery of what should have been the exchange and critique of opposing views of the role of government.

Romney versus Obama and Candy Crowley, Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Obama wins on style, and Romney occasionally scored points on substance, though his efforts were sometimes thwarted by Ms. Crowley’s intervention, especially on one occasion when she simply contradicted a fact asserted by Romney about the President’s position on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The final debate next week is on foreign policy. Let’s hope style and fantasy does not prevail over substance and reality.

©Copyright 2012 Edward Podritske

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