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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dorf against debate

Here, hereHear, hear. I haven't watched any of the debates and don't plan to start now. The only thing I would add against them is that they are largely theatre, a performance, not unlike confirmation hearings.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on October 16, 2012 at 09:12 AM in Howard Wasserman, Law and Politics | Permalink


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It's hear hear (a shortened version of "hear him, hear him!"), though apparently on the Web usage of here here outpaces hear hear by a 7:2 ratio.

Posted by: Persnickety Reader | Oct 16, 2012 10:35:09 AM

Thanks, P.R. In my defense, I am accustomed to using "Here" when I link to something, so I just doubled it, rather than thinking it through.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Oct 16, 2012 10:39:20 AM

I agree with the linked piece about the debates, and mainly differ only in that I really, really, really am looking forward to watching Justin Verlander strike out a whole mess o' Yankees.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Oct 16, 2012 10:51:53 AM

Ha ha Mr. Slater though it loses something when even their back-end starter made the Yanks look small.

I think the performance has some benefits but I agree mostly with Prof. Dorf. I think confirmation hearings are a performance too but there are various differences that make them more worthwhile. If individual voters got to have personal meetings and have five minutes to ask questions, e.g., maybe debates would be a bit better. Unless the "undecided voter" debate fills the gap there.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 16, 2012 11:47:53 AM

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