posted September 29, 2008 18:04
Yoinked from a comment buried in a discussion on Boing Boing: Democracy operates under a flawed principle. The basic idea is that whomever the majority picks, is more likely to be the "best". You are trying to tap into the collective intelligence of a nation to pick the best leaders. Sadly, this isn't what is actually happening. Most intelligent people have already made up their minds, swallowed back their disdain, and will vote for a candidate based upon purely rational reasons.
Unfortunately, those are not that people that the battle is over. The battle is for the indifferent and idiots. This is why mindless junk like whether or not McCain looked at Obama mattered or if Obama's facial expression while McCain was talking was any good. Looking left or having a pleasant looking face has nothing to do with one's skill as a president, but it does affect how people "feel" about you. Sadly, that is what the debate was about. It was about "feelings". No candidate brought anything new to the table. If you had been following the campaign up to date, nothing they said would have come as a shock. There was nothing to learn, other than how warm and fuzzy one candidate made you feel over other.