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Replay, Repeat, Redux: When a Debate is not a Debate

Every single point made by Barack Obama and John McCain I have heard before. Every single policy position. Every little cutesy critique. Every practiced rejoinder. It’s all canned and I’ve heard it all before. This is what happens when you have a “debate” in which by the rules candidates cannot follow up on responses. It’s not a debate at all. It’s a who-can-memorize-a-cue-card-best competition. It’s boring and pointless.

You know, usually I ask what people thought of a debate, but what is there to talk about? It would be like asking you what you think of this photocopy of page 422 of War and Peace, no, not that photocopy of page 422, this one. Blah blah blah.

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