What convinces is conviction. You simply have to believe in the argument you are advancing: if you don’t you’re as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn’t there and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you.-Lyndon B. Johnson
[W]hen I went back and read the transcript — thus removing appearance and tone and body language from the equation altogether — it was clear that Obama had lost the debate at least partly because he didn’t know what he wanted to say.-Ezra Klein
At this point, Romney and Obama are running almost perfectly opposite campaigns. Romney can tell you exactly what he wants to do, but barely a word about how he’ll do it. Obama can’t describe what he wants to achieve, but he can tell you everything about how he’ll get it done. It’s a campaign without real policies against a campaign lacking a clear vision.
Barack, you don’t need to have a 100% clear and consistent vision, what politician ever does? (Just ask LBJ.) You just need to be convinced that you do. Convince yourself that everything you’re saying is right, that you’re always winning the debate. And, most importantly, make Romney look like a fool. We’re all rooting for you!