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  •  He needed the jolt (3+ / 0-)
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    jec, JackND, Matt Z

    I know the CV is that debates don't matter, blah, blah, blah.

    But the fact is that it's the only time candidates directly interact with each other and viewers see how well each candidate's positions stand up to the opposition.

    It's an event that has happened at some level throughout the history of humanity. In the beginning, it was mortal combat between two champions. Today, it's rehtorical combat between two ideologies.

    Either way, the outcome impacts a very deep strain in our cultural psyche and Obama needed to know how important these contests are. I don't think he would have gotten the message if we had softly delivered "constructive criticism."

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