That depends on whether we watch the debate or let someone else explain it to us. Journalists and bloggers of all political persuasions are so polarized at this point that their "facts" are almost buried in baseless opinions.
The American political process is moving into full scale Halloween mode. Skeletons are dragged out of closets and tens of thousands of dead people are registered to vote.
The candidates are so consistently viewed as caricatures that their basic humanity is lost to view. Opponents are demonized and the worst side of human emotion is put on view.
With the Internet at your fingertips and channels like PBS and C-Span, that doesn’t have to happen.
If you are interested in getting information from the candidates themselves, tune in tomorrow to the General Election Presidential Debate. My personal opinion is that C-Span coverage gives you more candidate time and less commentator snarkiness.
John McCain (R), United States Senator (AZ) and
Barack Obama (D), United States Senator (IL)
Date: October 15, 2008
Location: Hofstra University
City: Hempstead, NY
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Eastern
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, CBS
Topic: The Economy and Domestic Policy
Format: 90-minute debate with candidates seated at table with moderator. Candidates questioned in turn with two-minute responses, followed by five minutes of open discussion for each question.
Transcripts are available on http://debates.org
Photo credit: SFWEEKLY.COM
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