#rsrh QotD, Don’t Get Me Started Edition.

Ben Shapiro, on the news that we’re now all done with debates, apparently:

The big question is: now the debates don’t matter?  For months, all we heard was that debates were the best way to select our candidates.  On that basis, we ousted Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Now debates have taken a backseat to basic campaigning.

(H/T: Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt) Actually, some people have been pushing back for some time on the idea that debates were the end-all and be-all of the process.  I think that the original impulse to promote the idea of “all debates, all the time,” while understandable, was based on the surprisingly popular misconception that Barack Obama was particularly good at debating.  He’s frankly not; the man talks too long, rambles too much, doesn’t react quickly enough to opportunities, and – most importantly – doesn’t really realize that he has these problems.  A competent rhetorician would have demolished Obama in the last election; I personally regret that we couldn’t have swapped slots and sent in Palin after Obama.  Obama would reacted perfectly… from my point of view.  So I wasn’t exactly looking for a perfect debater.  Just one who do better in debates than McCain did.

Plus, the damned things have long since devolved into soul-destroying, interminable monstrosities of pure ennui.

Anyway, I will leave it to my readers to determine for themselves whether the aforementioned collective Republican stance on debates has left us in an optimal position with regard to our candidates.  After all, after a certain point you have to go to war with the armies that you have…

Moe Lane

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  • BCochran1981 says:

    Damn would I have loved to have seen a Palin/Obama debate

  • earlgrey says:

    I’d like to see any one of the front pagers from Red State go head-to-head with Obama.

  • countrydoc says:

    Debates were important until the wrong people won them, then they became unimportant.

  • Darin H says:

    Let me answer in the same way that my preferred candidate did… “OOPS”

  • Ric Locke says:

    The debates served their purpose, viz., to allow the PR & Propaganda Dept. of the Democratic Party (sometimes laughingly referred to as “the media”) to select the Republican candidate. We now proceed to the general campaign, with DPR&P defining “the issues”. In other words, plus ca change…


  • Lexington says:

    I was under the impression that the debate deluge occurred for the same reasons as the change in many states’ delegate rules, which was to keep the nomination process from wrapping up too early. Don’t ask me why anyone thought that was a good idea, other than maybe a vague notion that a quick and decisive primary didn’t work out so well in ’08.

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