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Rehearsals Ending Soon! Candidates Ready For Debate Stage

Judging by what pundits focus on after a debate — who came off aloof or sincere, which candidate delivered the best one-liner — you'd think the match-ups were acting competitions. Yet history demonstrates that a debate performance can make or break a candidacy. It's not what they answer, but how they answer.

So which characters will take center stage come Friday? McCain will be playing the role of scrappy fighter while Obama will star as the youthful man of reason. The New York Times looked back on the candidates' debate records. Over 30 debates, McCain has proven that he is "an aggressive competitor who scolds his opponents, grins when he scores, and is handy with the rhetorical shiv." Obama debates with an inconsistent style, and "he tends to the earnest and humorless when audiences seem to crave passion and personality."

Obama may be the "celebrity" — but who do you think has the acting advantage? Will you tune in Friday for entertainment or education?

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harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
lil :rotfl:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
:oy:
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
By the way, I don't necessarily wish to be compared you to either. So, there it is out on table.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
I can't believe people are talking about me here on this old post. I'm first page, above the fold material. Please discuss me there.
Big-Jimbo Big-Jimbo 7 years
It seems obvious to me that I am sincere. Regardless, I think it's beneficial to note that I do not wish to be compared to organic unless someone can present evidence that it is merited.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
No offense org!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I don't think big jimbo is trying to play org's game. i think they are being sincere.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Big Jimbo isn't as good at this game as Organic.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
Oh, and by the way, I think it's a sad situation when everyone is so overwrought and hypervigilant that a newcomer sets off so many alarms. That's not a comment on any individuals, just on the forum "atmosphere." :(
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
"So again Laine, who judges who has legitimate reasons for their beliefs and who does not? You like to think you've gotten wiser, but doesn't pretty much everyone? Have you met many people who say "I started out okay, but I get more ridiculous every day!" Is 'evolving' over the years necessary, or can someone be right all along?" I didn't say "legitimate," that's a judgment call. I said "substantive", as in: "7. of considerable amount or quantity. "8. possessing substance; having practical importance, value, or effect: substantive issues under discussion." No, not everyone gets wiser with the passing years. I'm sure we can all think of examples from our lives! And no, it's not necessary, we all know people who stick with their happy delusions in their comfort zone. However, I believe I have, but that's probably because I started from a very low beginning. ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Can you really be a socialist and live and function in the United States or do you just hold on to the beliefs that maybe the US may just come around to your beliefs? "Can any policy, however high minded, be moral if it leads to widespread corruption, imprisons so many, has so racist an effect, destroys our inner cities, wreaks havoc on misguided and vulnerable individuals and brings death and destruction to foreign countries?" Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize Winner, Economics
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
Well I think Big Jimbo is definitely a socialist. It's obvious.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
This is getting less amusing. Quick, someone call someone a socialist. Let's get back to our real arguments.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Yeah I'm missing the humor, don't mean I'm not finding this whole exchange funny. Hooray for debates!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"Well, I said she didn't say that. Not that she didn't say it ever in her whole life ever." But she said that in this thread, on this page. I dunno, I don't see the humor in saying that she didn't say something that she did on this very same page. Whatev :shrug:
Big-Jimbo Big-Jimbo 7 years
Rats. Well, I said she didn't say that. Not that she didn't say it ever in her whole life ever. And I thought it was obvious I was just kidding. Sorry, I thought humor was allowed here. Clearly I was mistaken.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Is this for real? ;) Pretty entertaining stuff
True-Song True-Song 7 years
No worries. If I were you, I'd have guessed me, too.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
And I apologize for basically accusing you of being Jimbo.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree, True.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Clearly this is hilarious.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Well, that's good to know, Harmony. Thanks for letting me know!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
Well quite clearly you're not real jimbo and are just here to irk lil. I can honestly say that she didn't come from liberal kim.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
:highfive:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Looks like we're on the same page today, lil :highfive:
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