Sizing up the veep debate

12 Oct

What did you think about the vice-presidential debate?

Thought it was great – or terrible?

Here’s something to chew on:

The kind of people who choose to watch a vice-presidential debate instead of baseball or football or a cooking show are not sensitive souls who curl up into a ball at the first sign of disagreement between politicians.

People who choose to watch political conflict can deal with it.

If fact, the usually enjoy it.

Those who can’t — or just aren’t interested in the first place — are watching something else.

Research by political scientists have shown this over and over.

People talk about how the debate would “play” with voters.

That’s the wrong question.

What matters is how it “played” with the news media.

The media supplies the interpretation of events like debates, and that helps shape how voters understand them too.

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