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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Saturday, October 02, 2004

    Substance AND style. Imagine that 

    If you want to know who won the first of three presidential debates, President Bush or John Kerry, consult an expert. No, not a blogger. No, not a pundit. And certainly not, the spinsters from either political camp. The PBS NewsHour had a right idea. It asked Jed Glickstein, 2004 National Forensic League Nationals LD Debate champion, to assess the performances. Glickstein, a Yale freshman, leaned to Kerry, whom he said ``succeeded in showing that Prsident bush had made mistakes in the past four years,'' thus advancing Kerry's claim on undecided voters who often react negatively to poor presidential performance ``(recall Ron't Reagan's `Are you better off than you were four years ago?').'' Glickstein considered a number of the president's messages - not changing positions, remaining steadfast and resolved, not sending mixed messages - to be surface and euphemistic arguments. Though Glickstein's assessment of the debate is shared by Ohioblog and others, the young judge knows his history, and reminds us that Vice President Al Gore won the first debate in 2000 only to have his victory ``demolished (in the media spin cycle) by a political atmosphere that seemed to give more weight to style and less to substance.'' Style over subtance in politics? Imagine that.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:31 AM

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