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.