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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Not Sure I Agree

From Jon Chait:

President Obama is not a great debater, but in the second presidential debate, he gave his best performance. Mitt Romney came off well, but not nearly as well as he had during the first debate. Obama enjoyed friendly questions from an audience that obviously leaned left. But more importantly, Obama simply did not allow Romney to occupy the center as he had before.
This time around, Obama did not chew up time defending his record or delve into policy minutia. He used every question to pivot to a sharp attack on Romney. The combination of the ideologically hostile questions and Obama’s relentless attacks put Romney on the defensive, and kept him there.

Here's where I disagree.  I don't think the questions were "ideologically hostile" to Romney.  I think they represent real issues that people care about, as opposed to Beltway obsessions about the deficit. Women DO care about equal pay for equal work.  That's not an ideologically hostile question so much as a question that Romney's ideology is hostile to these people.

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