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Why Obama lost the first debate

George Lakoff, professor emeritus of linguistics | October 5, 2012

You don’t win a presidential debate by being a policy wonk. Obama violated all the basics of presidential debating.  The best defense is a good offense. You have to set the terms of the debate and press those terms. Obama failed. Here are those basics: State your moral values. Contrast them with your opponent’s. Project … Continue reading »

Was debate #1 a Pyrrhic victory?

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics | October 4, 2012

Debate 1 is over, and the pundits have declared Mitt Romney the victor. The only remaining question is: was his victory overwhelming, or did Romney only win because Obama didn’t? That is today’s story. But will it be the way we tell it after November 7? On the surface it seems set in stone: Romney … Continue reading »