Well, I listened to the debate last night and fifteen minutes in (1/2 hr real time- I missed the first 15 minutes) I said to the wife- “it’s largely a draw in many ways- the people and pundits will be picking the winner based on their leanings. The fact checkers will really decide- but largely be ignored”.
But then this morning I was up well before sunrise, and decided to read the transcript, and I got a much different take on what I had heard. Despite his calm collectedness. His quick readiness with, ahem, “Facts”, Paul Ryan proved himself lacking.
It is an kind of amazing the dichotomy between what I heard and what he actually said.
So here you go- read the transcript . It helps to strip away the personalities. The visual and auditory stimuli that affects our judgement. And strips things down to the bare bones.
And I’ll add. I listened to the debate because I don’t really like TV. And let’s face it- would FDR ever have been elected president if people saw him in a wheelchair? Would people like Bill Clinton have done so well (or people like Ross Perot have done so poorly) without the visual aspect of their campaigns? While the visual, and the auditory portions both have important roles to play, they can both corrupt greatly- especially with those with the personality, and the training, to play to the cameras.