Facts, not perception, should influence the presidential election
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As we near the end of this campaign season, I have noticed a decidedly snarky quality creeping into the comedy and commentary of the progressive shows. Callers are less inclined to bring up real reasons why they are for or against a particular candidate than they are taking potshots and nit-picking about little things. It is a tactic I am used to from listening to right-wing radio.
It occurs to me that we have traded style for substance when it comes to choosing our leaders. President Obama's performance in the first presidential debate and the two weeks the media on the right, left and middle spent grinding the story into dust is being blamed for his loss of momentum and Romney's gain. All Romney had to do for the remainder of the campaign was look presidential and continue to convince people that he's not dangerous or reckless.