Who Wins Fights About Debates?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 01:34 PM


I've been watching the Reshma Saujani and Carolyn Maloney's one-sided spat about debates. To help me understand the value of this fight in the grand scheme of things, Democratic consultant Michael Oliva offers his thoughts:

I've been milling this over in my brain.  

Has calling on a candidate, who is way ahead, to a debate, by the candidate who is way behind, EVER worked, because...
A) The candidate way ahead caved to pressure, debated, and did so badly they lost the election, or...
B) The candidate way ahead refused to debate, and received such bad publicity, they nosedived and lost
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of one instance of either A or B ever happening.
That's how you know it's the mark of death.  It's because a campaign is putting their emotion and frustration ahead of good strategy, because they feel they have exhausted all other options, even though they know the tactic won't work.  If the people COULD ONLY SEE how much better we are THEN they'd get it and vote for us.
...and even if true how many people ever even see?


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