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The presidential debates
don't matter

Telegraph [UK], by Jake Wallis Simons

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/18/2012 6:07:53 AM

It is only natural to take the American presidential debates seriously. After all, they have been game-changing in the past. [Snip] Similarly, Ronald Reagan's devastating mockery of Jimmy Carter in 1979--"there you go again"--made his opposite number appear verbose and petty, while he seemed confident and astute by comparison. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism at the University of Pennsylvania, has argued that presidential debates do not change people's minds as often as one might expect. They are better seen, she says, as ways of informing the public.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/18/2012 6:56:38 AM     (No. 8941671)

Of course they matter. This time they really, really matter. As Mr. Brit will find out.

Moronic article.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 10/18/2012 7:00:17 AM     (No. 8941678)

I disagree. These debates have totally turned around this election. In fact I can't recall another election in my lifetime in which the turnaround was so sudden and do clearly caused directly by the debates. Not even the Reagan-Carter debates match the dramatic turn of this one.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 10/18/2012 7:08:27 AM     (No. 8941699)

They "don't matter" only because Obama lost both debates and made himself look lazy, devious, incompetent, unpresidential and angry - which he is. Four years of high-visibility failure will do that to a person.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/18/2012 7:11:01 AM     (No. 8941704)

Informed indeed.
The 1st debate appears to have given Romney the direct access to the public to neutralize the effects of 100s of millions of dollars that Obama has spent on negative adds smearing Romney.
Remember, Obama has gathered a billion dollars in campaign contributions from his union cronies and green subsidy OBundlers specifically to wage this ad war.

The bounce Romney got from the debates is the very opposite of what the article implies.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 10/18/2012 8:49:57 AM     (No. 8941962)

One big thing that this reporter missed is that people who were believing the lies of Obama and minions (media) finally got to see the real Mitt. And, lo and behold, many liked what they saw.

The debates may not have changed some people's minds (such as those who do their research and Dems who are stuck on stupid), but it sure did open the eyes of those too lazy or busy to find out something other than LSM lies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 10/18/2012 8:55:24 AM     (No. 8941980)

Oh, for Pete's sake. Consider the source. It is a Brit using Kathleen Hall Jamison, a confessed leftist Democrat, as his authority. Miss Jamison is busy trying to reassure herself and her fellow Democrats that Obama has it in the bag.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Deedo, 10/18/2012 9:46:00 AM     (No. 8942148)

As they say in England: "What a twit". Publishing Jimmy Fallen entertainment as news.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/18/2012 11:41:36 AM     (No. 8942590)

Usually the messiah doesn't have to ask his cheerleaders for extra help. Shame on candy for dropping obama's BS ball.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 10/18/2012 1:36:49 PM     (No. 8942961)

The fact is that the impression made by the Reagan-Carter debate was correct. Reagan WAS confident and astute and Carter WAS petty and verbose. What about the now recognized nuttiness of Al Gore in the Gore-Bush debates?

I think it's important for the voters to see something besides the ads and sound bites. The recent debates may save this country from Obama.

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