FIRST DEBATE BETWEEN OBAMA AND ROMNEY LIKELY TO DECIDE NOT A SINGLE SOLITARY THING
October 3 2012
Denver, CO – The candidates, one assumes, are ready to rock as they get ready for the first televised debate tonight in Denver. All the preparation is done, or at least as done as it can be, and for the first time Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will meet face to face.
Like all debates, the heat between the two will likely be intense and even before it is over pundits will be scoring victories for their preferred candidates but, again like all debates, it’s unlikely that anything will actually be decided in these debates, either for the candidates or for the voting public.
Of course that doesn’t mean the debates don’t have value and weight. While the current political climate essentially removes the real power of the debates, like they had back in the Nixon and Kennedy era say, they are still rallying points. From here the various arms of the media and social support will start to extend their reach, hoping to pull swing voters to their side and it may be slightly successful, or not, no one really knows because the whole thing is really kind of mess in the modern era, ridiculous really.
This evening’s debate will of course not be the last between the two and with a month to go before voters go to the polls, it will not decide the election for either side, even if it seems like a foregone conclusion as to who will win the majority of the vote. That is unless Mitt Romney shoots Barack Obama on stage, that will help decide the vote for sure.
It’s not clear if Romney would get more or less votes for shooting the President.
Technically a convicted criminal cannot run for President but there is no way a trial will be concluded before November 6th.
“I hope that this debate stirs something in the populace. Clearly Mitt Romney is a weak candidate with a weak platform and is probably not a good person to be President but it is important to the political process that there be a strong dynamic between the two parties, it’s a part of what makes democracy work in fact, it’s important,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I doubt there will be much in the way of revelations to be honest or much of anything at all. Mitt Romney is not the kind of person to hold back many surprises and people will get more or less what they expect from him I would bet, that’s a safe bet.”
It’s not clear if Romney knows what a surprise actually is.
“I doubt there will be many people who will shift after this first debate. I mean both sides will claim victory because that’s the way these things go but it’s very unlikely that people will shift en masse to one candidate or the other after this, assuming people even watch it,” continued Kinsey. “I mean that’s an important part of the equation too, that people watch it and invest something in it and it’s a very real possibility that that will not happen. It’s important that people listen for conversation to have an effect, it’s actually part of the way that works to be honest.”
Both candidates are presumably ready to not have anything change after tonight.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent