Rick Perry was obviously an "empty chair"
beforehand. This was no new info.
Did you actually consider voting for him
before you saw that gaffe?
No. Conservatives may have, though.
But having time to consider one's words
yields a better picture of their thinking IMO.
I think both have value.
I see the debates as detracting from voter information
because of the emotional manipulation by impression.
I see emotional manipulation in all forms of communication in politics. One has to learn to think critically through those attempts regardless of medium.
People too often think they can get a sense of a person
by looking them in the eye, & hearing their words. It's
like the old handshake & a man's word is his bond.
Experience has taught me to distrust that easy leap to
For better or worse, much diplomacy and negotiation still happens that way. We're social animals. Until you've found a way to deprogram that, people skills and public speaking skills are important for people in elected office.