Back in the time of Lincoln and Douglas…
Living back in Lincoln-Douglas’ time must have been no picnic. No Tylenol! No modern medicine, no Internet. It was right before our bloodiest war took place (around 10 times as many US fatalities as in Vietnam). So time travel? No thanks.
But one good thing… when those debates took place, people read them. Sure, they saw pictures of the participants but the ideas took center stage. It wasn’t tone of voice, it wasn’t who was better-looking or had the best makeup. The smooth delivery of a talking point didn’t have advantage over halting delivery of a thoughtful reply. They could go over a paragraph again and again if they wanted to.
I’m not watching tonight’s debates. Will look for transcripts tomorrow. Will watch video clips after I’ve read the transcripts.
Liveblogging the debate:
- BBC News
- Vote For Science
- I’m also not planning to watch W The Movie, a bio on GW Bush from Oliver Stone. That’s just what we need in the current debate, isn’t it? An over-the-top bio on the lame duck. Regressives will seize upon any perceived inaccuracies and rally their base as if it had anything to do with anything what some Hollywood producer has to say.