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    curates the town hall questions. There's plenty of room to either use the format to ask curveball questions or to stick to the same boring pablum. If the 'common man' is simply being used as a prop to ask the same old nonsense, Romney will use it as another chance to reiterate his talking points and strengthen his message. The problem with the first debate was a lack of a Raddatz or Biden to trip Rmoney up and force him to think beyond talking points. If we get curveball questions that force him to think on his feet and expand on any of his empty talking points, there's real room for him to crash and fall.

    That said, the President could just as easily misuse the format to return to his list of accomplishments and soaring goals instead of emotionally connecting with the human props posing the questions. But there's no question he could play off the small crowd and poke at Rmoney's lies.

    "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

    by 2020adam on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 12:39:40 PM PDT

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    •  I hope Obama has watched some Clinton (0+ / 0-)

      debate clips from 1992 and 1996. Clinton is the greatest debate performer ever. What is truly elegant about Clinton is his instantaneous ability to divine the underlying intent, the emotional drive, behind the question. He uses questions as a portal into the heart of the questioner and into the hearts of the viewers. TV is an emotional medium, not an intellectual one. Clinton never even had to learn that. But I hope Obama is able to somehow channel Clinton's instincts in this next debate. He has to be the comforter in chief in the next debate. He has to capitalize on Romney's predictable discomfort with ordinary people by being more emotive. Romney is a fake. That's his Achilles' heel.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 01:51:00 PM PDT

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      •  Clinton loves the performance aspect. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't get that from the President. I tend to assume he thinks it's beneath him, but I really don't know. Bill Clinton loved compromise and all that bipartisan blah blah, but he loved public combat. The President seems to just carry his message of compromise more consistently, from the negotiating table to the debates.

        "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

        by 2020adam on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 02:23:24 PM PDT

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