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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Interminable Democratic Debates

Barack and Hillary have had more than 20 debates and one wonders how much worth they've provided. In the modern era debating became significant when John Kennedy took out Nixon during the early days of television. One could argue that the lessons learned from that are valuable today. Sell yourself on television and win delegates--pledged and supers. I would argue this is still true today--television debates are more for manipulating the masses and less about getting one's message out.

There's this little nuisance called the world wide web that completely subverts the need for televised debates if the message is what's important. Visiting a candidate's web site, or most websites for that matter, is free, and nowadays fast. Candidates can go to great length to espouse their positions and direct people to their websites to get their message out. It's more exhaustive, dirt cheap, and easily revised as conditions warrant. Those without access can easily find access even if it's at a public library. With Google available a candidate and their surrogates don't even need to regurgitate their url but occasionally.

Candidates still revert to this outmoded debating thing because, like drug companies with their endless ads, they believe there's enough gullible Americans to fall for their pitch. The millions of dollars needed to obfuscate their positions and product on television is deemed a good investment. The media refrains from pointing this out because they too get great exposure televising and moderating the things.

The whole charade between the media and politicians makes one think of an exchange between Michael Corleone--son of Vito, the Godfather--and Nevada's Senator Geary from Godfather II, when discussing the Corleone's ownership and involvement with Vegas hotels

SENATOR GEARY (to Michael): "I don't like your kind of people. I don't like to see you come out to this clean country in your oily hair -- dressed up in those silk suits - and try to pass yourselves off as decent Americans. I'll do business with you, but the fact is, I despise your masquerade -- the dishonest way you pose yourself. Yourself, and your whole (expletive deleted) family.

MICHAEL (to Senator Geary): "Senator - we're both part of the same hypocrisy. But never think it applies to my family."



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