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  1. 14 Jan '12 03:08
    When the Obama-Romney debates begin, Barack is going to shred this guy to pieces. I saw what he did to a professional comedian, Jay Leno, a couple of years ago. The guy has an extremely quick wit, no matter which side your politics lie on. Personally, I am an Independant, but when these guys go one on one this Ward Cleaver-type character is going to have his gonads handed to him. Discuss
  2. 14 Jan '12 04:00
    What are you talking about? Without his teleprompter Obama is lost!
  3. 14 Jan '12 17:06
    They're planning a system upgrade for Willard that will make him seem more 'human-like.' After the primary he'll quit calling Obama a Communist and start the "pity all us poor rich-critters" lament that is the core of the Republican appeal to independents.
  4. 14 Jan '12 17:25
    Full disclosure: I voted with enthusiasm for Obama in 08. He's been a hugh disappointment. His incumbancy in economic times as weak as these, by historical standards, makes his chances for reelection problematic. That said:

    It is very hard to imagine Romney 'winning' a televised debate with Obama. He's too stiff and formulaic which looks inept on TV. So the interesting question raised is, since the republicans 1) have access to television experts and 2) routinely nominate someone other than the best candidate for their side, do they really want to win an election or not?
  5. 14 Jan '12 17:36
    Originally posted by stevemcc
    Full disclosure: I voted with enthusiasm for Obama in 08. He's been a hugh disappointment. His incumbancy in economic times as weak as these, by historical standards, makes his chances for reelection problematic. That said:

    It is very hard to imagine Romney 'winning' a televised debate with Obama. He's too stiff and formulaic which looks inept on TV. So ...[text shortened]... ther than the best candidate for their side, do they really want to win an election or not?
    "...do they really want to win an election or not"

    This weekend, we may see.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/01/13/exp-lavendera-evangelicals.cnn
  6. 14 Jan '12 18:47
    Originally posted by stevemcc
    Full disclosure: I voted with enthusiasm for Obama in 08. He's been a hugh disappointment. His incumbancy in economic times as weak as these, by historical standards, makes his chances for reelection problematic. That said:

    It is very hard to imagine Romney 'winning' a televised debate with Obama. He's too stiff and formulaic which looks inept on TV. So ...[text shortened]... ther than the best candidate for their side, do they really want to win an election or not?
    The minute I read your line on "stiff and formulaic" my mind flashed to the similarities between these two in a potential debate and that of Kennedy-Nixon.
  7. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    14 Jan '12 23:51
    Originally posted by mudpie
    The minute I read your line on "stiff and formulaic" my mind flashed to the similarities between these two in a potential debate and that of Kennedy-Nixon.
    According to radio surveys of people who heard the debate on the radio, Nixon beat Kennedy.

    So, what you're saying is that Romney will outsubstance Obama, but Obama will win with TV audiences because he looks better?
  8. 15 Jan '12 04:05
    Originally posted by sh76
    According to radio surveys of people who heard the debate on the radio, Nixon beat Kennedy.

    So, what you're saying is that Romney will outsubstance Obama, but Obama will win with TV audiences because he looks better?
    Yeah, Kennedy beat him with style over substance, you nailed it.
  9. 15 Jan '12 05:50 / 4 edits
    Originally posted by mudpie
    Yeah, Kennedy beat him with style over substance, you nailed it.
    It's cause JFK was purdy and handsome and all.

    Personally, I think they should do away with the dialogue in the Presidential debates and turn it into a Miss America constest.....minus the swim suite part. Maybe have the same panel for American Idol judging them. IF they did, they would get better ratings. Heck, I might even watch.
  10. 15 Jan '12 18:04
    Admittedly, the level of political discourse in this country is juvenile. This is as much the fault of the audience as the performer. It is also the reason that the 'American century' is disappearing. Mitt Romney wants a sing-a-long and Obama wants no one to notice the distance between his words and his deeds. And John Q. Public doesn't want to think or act.
    Game,set,match.
  11. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    15 Jan '12 18:06 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by whodey
    It's cause JFK was purdy and handsome and all.

    Personally, I think they should do away with the dialogue in the Presidential debates and turn it into a Miss America constest.....minus the swim suite part. Maybe have the same panel for American Idol judging them. IF they did, they would get better ratings. Heck, I might even watch.
    Irish ethnic bloc helped him win the Presidency.