Random Debate Thought


After listening to a lot of the debates last night and the Faux News forum this evening, I find myself wondering about the self-aggrandizement strategy that all of the candidates seem to employ.

In almost every question, the candidates start with how wonderful they are and what an amazing job they have done. I find it incredibly obnoxious, but wonder if it is an effective strategy.  Clearly, these people are being advised to do this, but does the benefit of reminding voters of individual achievements outweigh the impact of unseemly boasting?

Update: Okay, two thoughts. Anyone want to take a bet that Faux News will eventually include accusations about Mike Huckabee being a pedophile on the ticker? That wouldn’t be any less fair than Chris Wallace’s questions tonight.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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