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  •  A debate is won by making unrefuted points. (2+ / 0-)
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    FishOutofWater, Vicky

    Mitt made more unrefuted points.  Obama failed to refute many of them.  For instance, when Romney was citing the partnership of rivals between Reagan and Tip O'Neill as an example of how he'd do better at bipartisanship than Obama, Obama let that comment stand without making the obvious counter that Tip O'Neill didn't declare that his party's primary goal would be to make Reagan a one term president like McConnell and Boehner have done.  That would have been the high point of the debate and the soundbite du jour the next day, but it was passed up.  Obama did make a halfhearted "maybe your Republican friends in Congress could take some lessons from those Democrats back then" comment which packed about as much rhetorical punch as a down pillow.

    I went to a Jesuit high school where debates were part of the curriculum.  Shading the truth is a common and approved tactic, as is heightened rhetoric, and just because Romney shaded the truth to the point of obscuring it, and engaged in rhetorical hyperbole, that doesn't count as points against you in a debate  - although it certainly matters, as we have seen, in the aftermath of a political debate when the analysis kicks in, but that's not the debate, that's the aftermath of it.  Romney won the debate.  Obama won the aftermath, certainly primarily because of the lies Romney told. But Obama lost the debate.  

    You are wrong about this.

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 10:40:18 AM PDT

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