I did not watch the first "debate" last night. But, I have read a bunch of reactions from both the left and right.
100% of them thought that 'their guy' won the debate. I didn't see one defector from either side.
This brought up a few thoughts:
First, people see what they want to see. They have their beliefs and the "debate" merely conforms to them.
Which led to my second thought: I wonder how many of the people watching are 'on the fence' about the two candidates? How many are actually being persuaded by one or the other?
Can you use the handy 80/20 rule here? Is it safe to say that 80% could have turned off the TV and done something else with their time...like visit Mises.org? They're probably already set on voting for 'their guy' and nothing will change that. Maybe 20% are on the fence? If I had to guess, it's probably even lower than that.
In any case, it would be interesting to know.
Sep 27 2008, 09:21 AM