Andrea Bernstein, WNYC political director during the 2008 campaign and current political coverage coordinator, talks about the post-debate polls and how the campaigns are re-setting.
It seems I was one of the few people in the country who listened to the debate on the radio, "without optics;" I haven't heard any post-debate analysis of what those who listened experienced. What I heard was initially bewildering: one candidate decided to color within the lines, and the other didn't. Despite this, it didn't seem that the format allowed the back-and-forth blood sport those who watched were expecting. Perhaps one of the debates should be conducted the old-fashioned way - on the radio, and by podcast; this might force the candidates to actually not worry about appearances and concentrate on substance.
I'm a big fan of Jim Lehrer's but I thought to imply that the public can determine the fitness of a candidate to represent the country on the basis of a televised debate was self-serving.
The debate was Exhibit A for Romney shaking up the Etch a Sketch and Obama didn't call him out on it. Maybe the president should watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart and his team do a better job of breaking down Romney's opposite declarations and putting them back to back. Whether its healthcare, abortion, environment, etc. so there was "running for MA governor Romney stances", then there was "Severely Conservatve Romney", and now he is putting back to the center with the moderate MA Romney. It is ridiculous that this man will literally say anything to get elected.
Why won't Mitt say whether he'll be taking away our mortgage interest deduction?
How does Rmoney's far right wing base that he's been pandering to for 2 years feel about how he suddenly moved to the center & left them standing at the altar?
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