Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Instant Windbagging From Tonight's Debate


I was unmoved by just about all of tonight's debate. The town hall format would be much better were it, well, a town hall, i.e., unscripted questions with give-and-take and lots of follow-ups. Both candidates labored at times, both did quite well at times, but I'd be surprised to see the needle move one way or the other on the heels of that snoozefest.

I was also struck by the dissonance between the borderline mobs that McCain and Palin are whipping up on the trail, in which reporters are verbaly assaulted and audience members scream death threats at Obama, and the polite and somewhat distant McCain on display tonight. Perhaps we have to behave a bit differently when everyone is watching?


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