In general, I feel people don’t care about who is governing them as long as things are going well. Look at all elections and campaigns- they are won by politics of negation and contradiction, not by promises of good governance or better policies. Think “Yes, we can!” won Obama the election? Think again.
Obama won because he was the best person available who was an antithesis of Bush, and McCain promised to be just another Bush.
This negation and contradiction takes center stage in the Presidential debates.
How will the 2012 elections be won (whoever wins)? For Obama, it is a question of hoping that the 2008 charm sees him through again. For the Republicans, it probably won’t be about the policies and governance that they can change, but rather about proving that Obama isn’t good enough – and then for one of them to be the best person around who isn’t Obama.
I think the average person, on election day, doesn’t really think about the big picture and the ultimate impact of the vote- they just vote for the person they like better! And this opinion is shaped by whatever they have seen of the candidate so far- and a big part of it is the debates.
The Presidential debates are like a prime time shows these days- Entertaining. Have Good acting. Are sometimes predictable. Sometimes even have trailers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfcOGWRfXdk Watch this and tell me it doesn’t look like a movie trailer.
But can the Presidential debates ultimately win or lose an election?What do you think?