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Presidential Debate #2 Open Thread
Posted by The Agonist on October 16th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Post your thoughts and links before, during and after tonight’s debate.

To get you all started, here’s Dave Dayen at FDL with one that’s sure to be controversial – Obama’s Debate Challenge: Identifying an Actual Agenda.

The Obama campaign to date has entirely looked outward, focusing on Romney’s programs, Romney’s plans, Romney’s ideas.  Small wonder that the public got the message on who has programs, plans and ideas, and it just took a little ju-jitsu from Romney to cobble together with spit and paper clips an image of competence.

Maybe you think that Obama’s record is worth running on, or maybe not.  Politically speaking, there are ways to run on either of those scenarios, either touting successes or castigating a do-nothing Congress and offering a vision and a plan.  Democrats appear to have gotten Republican primary debate disease.  They laugh and point at the spectacle, without remembering that you have to give people something to believe in.

It’s best if you run for political office on a record and an agenda.  In the absence of either, even a distorted record and a fuzzy agenda will start to look good.

Go ahead, the thread is open.

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