Good evening, Conflucians. It’s that time of the year again when our quadrennial election cluster%^& shifts into high gear. The operatives have scoured the blogs for all the right buzz words and have carefully crafted sound bites for tonight’s entertainment.
Ah, but we at the Confluence do things differently. We like to watch the debates without the sound so we can pay close attention to body language. However, if there are readers out there who want to keep us up to date on what each person said in the timeline, that’s cool too. Very helpful, in fact, so we can roughly coordinate our impressions with the speaker.
This year’s debate features Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Party affiliation is not helpful this time since Mitt Romney is a relatively moderate Republican posing as a right wing nutcase and Barack Obama is a moderate Republican posing as a Democrat. Since I don’t really have a dog in this fight (I don’t like either of them), that might be good for my objectivity. If you feel likewise, join in! Grab your beer, tune in to your favorite debate channel, set your DVR, or watch it online on C-Span, like I intend to do, and turn the sound off. I guarantee you won’t miss a thing. The media will be rerunning the highlights for days and C-Span usually runs the whole thing in its entirety.
Ready. Set. Go!