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12-04-2017, 09:39 PM
Political debates
So, here's something that's been itching my mind since October: The debates between Trump and Clinton. Remember those? Now I'm not gonna replay those just to point out how right or wrong either of those candidates were. I only want to say that I had a revelation (but one that should have been obvious). After the debates, my liberal friends were feeling really good about Clinton, saying how she clearly won the debate. My conservative friends were feeling really good about Trump, saying now he clearly won the debate. There were newscasters afterwards giving their opinions about who won the debate. I realized then that people were simply rooting for their own team. No republican would side with Clinton, and no democrat would side with Trump, regardless of the quality of their arguments. So, political leanings aside, what constitutes a "win" in any debate?
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12-04-2017, 09:54 PM
RE: Political debates
I liked neither and thought they both lost Big Grin

A win is when you say or do something perceived as clever or make a funny joke that then goes viral.

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12-04-2017, 10:14 PM
RE: Political debates
(12-04-2017 09:39 PM)captainphilbo Wrote:  So, political leanings aside, what constitutes a "win" in any debate?

When you remove all the partisan elements of a political debate (a utopic thing), a debate is won one the depth and consistency of the answer to the various questions. The candidate who demonstrate the greatest level of knowledge and insight on various issue is the one who won the debate. Their proposed politic matches with their intended objective and rest on a consistent ethical basis. The information on which the politician base himself to make his proposition are correct and the proposed solution has at least a certain credibility according to the various specialists who study those specific questions.

In more realistic way, a political debate is won on who incarnate better power. The one who's attitude and appearence with our internal representation of what power and leadership should look like. Putin, for example, is extremly popular in Russia thanks to a finely cultivated image of virility and control. The finner aspect of his politic is relatively unimportant as long as they don't become to outrageous and even then. He will retain a consistent support simply on the basis that a plurality of Russian that a leader should be viril and in control.

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