Why debates don’t matter


Every election cycle, it’s always the same. The pundits get all in a lather about how this debate is going to be THE defining moment in a campaign. It’s like they’re trying to really hard make us believe how consequential this will be. The truth is that Presidential debates are rarely determinative.

These things are so rehearsed nowadays. It’s almost impossible to get the type of moments that everyone is expecting. Both candidates have been practicing their responses for well over a month now. There are no bombshells to be had. Here’s the answer to every question:
Talking point, talking point, attack line.

Now you can make an argument that Kennedy vs. Nixon had an effect on the outcome of that election. But that’s because it was first time it was televised. Kennedy looked all smooth and Nixon was sweating like a whore in church. But other than that, it’s hard to come up with concrete examples of it mattering. So since those types of moments are harder to come by, the media takes tiny minutia and elevates into a disqualifying character trait. I assure you that Al Gore lost the 2000 election because of a combination of a lackluster campaign, voter suppression in Florida and ultimately, a terrible Supreme Court decision. It wasn’t his dismissive sigh towards George W. during their debate. But you’d never know it according to the 4th Estate.

So can we dispense with all of the hoopla please? Romney and The President aren’t going to be breaking any new ground here. Please join me in my boycott of these debates. They’re tired relics of ages gone by.

Who am I kidding? I love this shit. Bring on the zingers!!

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